Wednesday, November 30, 2011

so much food: round 1

pre thanksgiving. (Girl) Casey and Gordon hosted this amazing event last year and decided to repeat the epic performance again. Basically the UNC public policy kids get together with the Duke law kids and eat a bunch of food. It's a good time.

What did I make? Cranberry sauce and GF V Chestnut Dressing.

Chestnut Cornbread Dressing, GF & V
       
         Ingredients:
1 Recipe Cornbread with GF flour, cubed (see previous post)
1/2 Loaf GF bread, cubed
1 stick butter
2 c chopped onion
2 c chopped celery
3 T minced fresh sage
1 T minced fresh thyme
1 T minced fresh rosemary
1 t salt
½ t pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 c GF veggie broth (play around with this, may need more or less depending on bread)
1 ½ lbs chestnuts whole – boiled and peeled, chopped or 1-2 cups pre-peeled and chopped chestnuts (we'll get to this)

Directions:
1.     Preheat oven to 350. Spread both bread cubes in one layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes until cubes are slightly crusty and browned


2.     Allow bread cubes to cool. Add bread to a very large bowl.


3.     In a saucepan over medium/high heat, melt the butter. Add onions and celery and sauté for about 10 minutes veggies are translucent.
4.     Add herbs and seasoning to veggies and sauté 2 minutes.
5.     Add veggie mixture to bread cubes and then add lightly beaten eggs, mix.
6.     Stir in the chestnuts. We used to deal with these by hand - x-ing them, boiling them, etc. and it was a pain but a tradition.  I gave up on tradition this year and went for the bagged pre-peeled and cooked chestnuts from the store and chopped them right up. It was amazing, tasted just as good and saved hours and cut fingers. 
7.     Add gluten free veggie broth and stir to thoroughly combine all ingredients. If the dressing is still dry, add more broth.
9.     Transfer to a 13x9 inch baking dish and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turn oven up to 425 and brown top for 2-5 minutes.



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Cranberry Sauce
          
          Ingredients:
12 oz bag cranberries
2/3 t0 3/4 cup raw sugar
1 cup water

Directions:
1.     Over medium high heat bring water and sugar to boil.



2.  Add cranberries, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Move to a bowl and let cool.




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Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

Part of the feast

The Turduckin
Yes that's right we enjoyed a deboned chicken stuffed in a deboned duck stuffed in a turkey with layers of stuffing between each. Absolutely delicious in every way. 

My plate, round 1. Yes I went back for some seconds and dessert. After I felt like I was going to die. 

One of (Boy) Casey's old fashioned's making a smiley face

Hope y'all had food filled thanksgivings!

xoxo