Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Simple Thanksgiving



                                              
        Thanksgiving at our home is exactly the opposite of how it’s advertised on television and in movies. It’s supposed to be a warm loving celebration by the fireplace, coming together without a hitch, and all culminating in an extravagant feast. As much as I try for this to happen, something always goes wrong. Someone doesn’t make it out because of the weather, my sister forgets to add sugar to her famous (and highly anticipated) peanut butter cookies, and the fireplace absolutely refuses to work although it worked perfectly fine the night before. Well some of these things we have no control over, but you can try to make these events less stressful by making other aspects of this wonderful holiday simpler. Here are a few SIMPLE Thanksgiving recipes, sure to make your holidays less of a pain.

Thyme Gravy
Ingredients
  • 1/3  cup Dry White Wine
  • 4  tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3  cup  All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Amaranth Flour
  • 2 1/2  cups Chicken Broth
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper / ½ teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Thyme
Directions
  1. Strain the pan drippings (from your turkey) into a fat separator or large measuring cup. Let stand for 10 minutes. Skim and discard the fat from the surface.
  2. Place the empty roasting pan over 2 burners over medium-high heat. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes, stirring and scraping to dissolve any bits stuck to the pan. Remove from heat and pour into the cup with the pan juices.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Still stirring, slowly add the broth, then the reserved pan juices and the thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Enjoy!

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