Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tried & True Tuesday ~ My Family's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving! Today I'm sharing four great recipes!
  • Kelly Thanksgiving Dressing
  • Best Mac & Cheese EVER!
  • Hot Clam Dip
  • Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

For this week's Tried & True Tuesday, I want to share a few of my family's must-haves for Thanksgiving. I love the idea of having our family favorites in one location. If my husband, girls, family or friends need one the these recipes, all they have to do is click and print. How awesome is that?! The recipes below are a favorite of each family member. 

The first recipe below is my husband's favorite, Kelly Thanksgiving Dressing. This recipe has been around longer than me. Just like my grandpa's Horseradish Cheese Spread, Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving if this isn't on the table. This dressing is pretty simple and includes the Thanksgiving turkey's giblets. Did I just lose a few of you with the giblets? My husband didn't grow up with this type of dressing, but when he had it for the first time over 18 years ago...it was an instant favorite.

The next recipe is my little one's favorite - Mac & Cheese. This is a new addition to our Thanksgiving table the last few years. My sister found a great recipe in Family Circle Magazine that claimed to be the best Mac & Cheese ever! This killer mac & cheese is made with sharp cheddar, gruyere and asiago. My girls and husband agree - it's the best ever.

Another recipe I'm sharing is one of my all time favorites, Hot Clam Dip. This recipe was introduced to the family by my Aunt almost 30 years ago. When this comes out of the oven, people fight to get at it...it's that good. The best part, it only has 4 ingredients. It always amazes me how some of the yummiest recipes have so few ingredients!  

My last recipe to share is my oldest's favorite, and all my girlfriends' favorite! This is a recipe I tried to recreate from one of my favorite cheese spreads of all time...Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread from The Laundry in Fenton, Michigan. No words can describe how yummy this stuff is. Whenever I'm in Michigan, this a must have! I have had requests from friends to bring some back to Ohio!  My attempt at recreating this spread is pretty good...but I still have to stop and buy the real deal whenever I'm in Michigan. This cheese spread has been on our Thanksgiving appetizer menu for years...it's the one and only thing my oldest requests each year.

Here are the four recipes:
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Kelly Thanksgiving Dressing
(Traditional Giblet Dressing)

Ingredients
  • 14 Slices of White Bread - Wonder Bread type, dried and cubed
  • Giblets from Turkey - trim and grind
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 4-5 small Onions or 3 medium size onions - chopped
  • 1 3/4 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 servings Instant Potatoes - prepared according to package
  • 1 1/2 -2 Cups Chicken Broth
Directions
Dry and cube bread. You can do this the night before. I dry my bread out in the oven at @ 225 degrees F. Flipping them once.  The bread is ready when they are hard, with no soft spots. Break by hand to bite size pieces and place in large mixing bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
Butter/grease a casserole dish large enough to hold all the dressing.

In large sauce pan, melt butter then add giblets and onions. On medium to medium-high heat, cook until onions are done, approx 30 mins. Next, add poultry seasoning and stir well. Pour onion mixture over bread. Mix well. Next add potatoes - mix well. Pour in casserole dish - then pour chicken broth over top. Cover tightly. Bake on middle tack at 350 for approximately about 40 mins or until heated completely through.  

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Family Circle's Best Mac & Cheese Ever
Click here to go to Family Circle's site for their Penne Mac & Cheese recipe.


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Hot Clam Dip Recipe




Ingredients

Ingredients
  • 2 (8 ounces) blocks of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 (6.5 ounces) cans of minced clams, drained well
  • 1/2 cup sweet yellow onion (or more to taste), chopped small to medium  
  • juice from 1/2 of a fresh lemon
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Place all ingredients in a medium size bowl, squeeze lemon juice over top and mix until well blended. Spoon into oven safe dish, bake on middle rack of oven for 20-25 minutes, until dip starts to turn light golden brown. Remove. Serve warm with favorite crackers and/or banquette.


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Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread
(Inspired by The Laundry's Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread)
Print Recipe  

Ingredients
  • 2 8 oz Blocks of Cream Cheese (softened at room temperature)
  • 5 oz Gorgonzola Cheese (crumbled)
  • 3 oz Bag of Real Bacon - (Better to make your own, but I always cheat)
  • 1/4  Cup or less of Green Onion (green section, chopped)
  • 6-8 oz Apricot Preserves (use more for a sweeter taste)
Directions
In a medium size bowl, mix everything together. Pour in serving dish and allow to chill for 1 hour. Serve chilled with a fresh baguette or favorite crackers.

Tips:  
Use less cream cheese for stronger Gorgonzola taste. 
Use more Apricot Preserves for sweeter taste.
Taste test to see what you like best. 
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Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers!

2 comments:

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

The clam dip sounds amazing but I'm not sure where I would get clams, you totally won me with the apricot & cheese, I love cheese and fruit together. I haven't made jams yet this year but I live 10 minutes from the stone fruit orchids, next few weeks I'll be trying this xo

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I'm with Melon this one...I'm already making the horseradish cheese dip....now i want to try the apricot one! Yummm!