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Thanksgiving Recipes

Turkey
 (Falls off the bones, Juicy)
Cook uncovered 375° for 1 hour.
Then cook 100-200° for every pound of turkey.
i.e. 20 pounds = 20 hours
Last couple of hours will have some give.
Half-way through, I drape 1 lb of bacon over the turkey.
(It cooks to a fine crisp, can add to stuffing or meat.)
I do not sleep well when I cook this through the night.
I feel like I must check on the turkey (but really don’t need to).
I’ve done this several days before Thanksgiving, and placed on
platter to reheat when needed. This frees up my oven for
other things. (But then I miss the turkey smell on Thanksgiving.)

Butterhorn Rolls

1 T sugar
1 T yeast
1 c warm water

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water.

3 eggs
½ c oil
1 t salt
½ c sugar

Mix eggs, oil, salt and sugar.
Add yeast mixture.
Add 4 ½ c flour and mix well. Refrigerate overnight.
Divide dough in half. Roll out 2 circles. Brush tops with melted butter.
Cut each circle into 16 wedge-shaped pieces. Roll wedges up into a crescent shape, beginning at wide end.
Let rise on greased pan in a warm place 3-4 hours.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Yields 32 rolls.

Frozen Cranberry Salad
1 lb cranberries, chopped (I use a mixer)
2 c crushed pineapple, drained
1 c miniature marshmallows
½ c walnuts, chopped
2 c sugar
1 pt Cool Whip

Mix cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows, nuts and sugar until sugar dissolves.
Fold in Cool Whip.
Freeze.
Thaw one hour before eating.
(I make enough batches at once for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.)  

Sweet Potato Crunch
Yam Filling:
3 c mashed yams*
1 c sugar
½ c butter, melted
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/3 c milk
Topping:
1 c brown sugar
½ c butter, melted
1/3 c flour
1 c chopped walnuts

Mix filling ingredients with mixer till smooth.
Put in baking dish. Top with topping; it will be crumbly.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
(I make in bulk and freeze in ziplock bags for each meal – Thanksgiving and Christmas and extra meals. If you plan on freezing, place the filling and topping in separate bags.)
*You can use canned yams or bake whole yams at 350 until soft.

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