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Chicken Cabbage Wraps

Chicken Cabbage Wraps
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My 6 year old loves these!
Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken
  • 1 lb mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • ½ C Hoisin sauce (can add more if desired)
  • 1 head Napa cabbage
  1. Brown chicken in skillet
  2. Add mushrooms, celery, carrot and onions to chicken and cook until tender
  3. Add Hoisin sauce, cook until thick
  4. Scoop chicken mixture into cabbage leaves
  5. Roll and enjoy!


Alton Brown’s Brined Turkey

Alton Brown's Brined Turkey
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The only way I do it now
Serves: 8
  • 1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey
For the Brine:
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1½ teaspoons allspice berries
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped candied ginger
  • 1 gallon heavily iced water
For the aromatics:
  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 leaves sage
  • Canola oil
to 3 days before roasting:
  1. Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.
  2. Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.
Early on the day or the night before you’d like to eat:
  1. Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket.
  2. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.
  3. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  4. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.
  5. Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage.
  7. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil.
  8. Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2½ hours of roasting.
  9. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.


Baked Chicken

Baked Chicken
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Kind of like fried chicken but baked. This is the way I always make it now.
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 (3 lb) fryer chickens, cut into 8 pieces each
  1. In a large roasting pan (or two 9x13 pans), in a 425° oven, melt the butter or margarine.
  2. Mix flour, salt, paprika and pepper in a heavy-duty plastic bag; shake chicken pieces in the bag, a few at a time, until evenly coated.
  3. In the pan (s), place the chicken, skin side down, in the melted butter; bake 30 minutes.
  4. Turn chicken pieces and bake 15 minutes more until pieces are fork-tender.
  5. I usually make gravy from the de-greased pan juices, using some or all of the leftover flour and some chicken stock.


Chicken/Turkey Tetrazinni

Chicken/Turkey Tetrazinni
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Perfect for Thanksgiving leftover turkey
Recipe type: Pasta Main Dish
Serves: 6
  • 1 lb. pasta, cooked
  • ½ pound fresh mushrooms
  • 1 stick butter
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. light cream
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • 4 c. diced chicken, cooked
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Slice the mushrooms ⅛ of an inch thick and sauté in 2-3 tablespoons of the butter, along with sliced onion, and chopped garlic until lightly browned. Combine the remaining butter with flour and add chicken broth, stirring over low heat until thickened. Add the cream, salt, pepper, sherry, and garlic powder.
  2. Divide the sauce in half. And one half of the chicken meat, and half of the mushrooms and cooked pasta. Butter a casserole dish and turn the pasta mixture into the casserole leaving a well in the center of the pasta.
  3. Turn remaining cooked chicken half into the center of the pasta mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese, and bake uncovered at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  4. Optional: may also top with butter to breadcrumbs and grated cheddar or American cheese.