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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

This is a simplified variation of the turkey I made two years ago. It produces a really moist bird and a savory stuffing that was well worth repeating. It also has the advantage of roasting in under two hours—true it does not produce a Norman Rockwell turkey, but flavor and convenience over presentation!

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey Updated

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Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Timing is always a challenge when making a Thanksgiving’s day meal, so an appetizer or two is always a good idea to keep the hordes at bay. While Eilene hates mushrooms, everyone else loves them. This is a dish you can cook slightly ahead and quickly re-warm just before serving.

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Karl’s Shrimp and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

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Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

A meat and carbohydrates heavy Thanksgiving dinner calls for at least one green vegetable side. This year, I decided on Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorites. However, being a holiday meal I wanted something more than just plain steamed sprouts.

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta   

Karl’s Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pancetta

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Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Karl’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

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Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

I had originally planned on making scalloped Russet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. My wife said, “It is not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! A quick shuffle and I did it the other way.

Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

Karl’s Mashed Potatoes with Chives

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Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Miriam and Chris went to Boston to be with his family this Thanksgiving. However, my sister, Karen and her husband, were passing through town the day after, so I decided that I would make my feast on Friday. With only five dinners, I felt that “all the fixings” would not be necessary, so Jan made the cranberry sauce and I made green beans and a crust-less pumpkin pie for dessert.

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

Karl’s Deconstructed Stuffed Turkey
a la Julia Child & Jacques Pepin

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Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

I wanted a green vegetable to go with roasted turkey and stuffing. The traditional American side dish involves overcooked green beans, canned mushroom soup and fried onions. Some people actually look forward to this dish every year.

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

Karl’s Garlic and Chive Harcourt Vert

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Jan’s Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

Adapted from a Washington’s Green Grocer recipe

What is a Thanksgiving turkey without the sauce? Jan read recently that while many of the ingredients of an American Thanksgiving feast had a New World origin, the culinary aesthetic was definitely Old World.  The serving a tart fruit sauce with greasy roasted meats comes straight from the (European) Middle Ages.

Jan’s Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

Jan’s Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

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Karl’s Pumpkin Pie with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

What is a Thanksgiving feast without pumpkin pie? Although I recently made a similar pie for Jan’s new brother, there is always room for improvement. I found real pumpkin for this one and I decided to stir in the crystallized ginger, instead if just sprinkling it on top.

Karl’s Pumpkin Pie with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Karl’s Pumpkin Pie
with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

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Karl’s Crust-less Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

We were meeting at a friend of Jan’s place for lunch to be introduced to her new half brother—long story, but the friend has know him for most of her life and Jan first found out about him two months ago. My job was to bring the bread and dessert, I decided on pumpkin pie without the crust.

Karl’s Crust-less Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

Karl’s Crust-less Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

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