A Blast from the Past – Make Ahead Holiday Recipes

 

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I’m leaving for the Philadelphia area Tuesday, so I’m in a hurry today – just like everyone else.  Here are several great ‘make ahead’ dishes from 2014.  Preparing several dishes ahead of The Big Day makes everything so much easier.  Enjoy!!

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Here’s the one thing you DON’T make ahead – Roasted Turkey Breast (or Turkey) with White Wine, Apples & Oranges – and Savory Gravy

Roasted Turkey Bre

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

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Make Ahead Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Splash of Brandy

Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Dash of Bourbon - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

Make Ahead Herbed Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms

Make-Ahead Turkey Dinner - "Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms" - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds – Browned Butter Can Be Prepared Ahead

Prepare Ahead Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Touch of Cinnamon

Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds – Browned Butter Can Be Prepared Ahead !

++  The prep work for this recipe can be done one night before – or earlier in the day.  ++

Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds is the last recipe in a series of 6 ‘make ahead’ recipes, all of which can be prepared – or prepped – a day or two ahead, which will help to make your busy life a bit easier!  By preparing a few dishes each night for two nights, all you’ll need to do the day of The Big Feast is roast the turkey, make the gravy and cook the green beans.

I’ve been preparing green beans this way for a few years but today it was a bit different as I had to list amounts and cooking times – I usually just ‘wing it’.  Guests often ask, “How did you make these beans?”  Well, now they know!

Everything was very casual the night of the ‘taste testing’.

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  MENU

  • Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/13/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-1-mashed-potatoes-with-sour-cream-and-chives/

  • Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Dash of Bourbon

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-2-sweet-potatoes-with-cinnamon-nutmeg-and-a-splash-of-brandy/

  • Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onions

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-3-herb-stuffing-with-baby-bella-mushrooms/

  • Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds
  • Turkey Breast (or Turkey) with White Wine, Oranges  & + Savory Turkey Gravy

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/17/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipes-no-4-5-roasted-turkey-breast-or-whole-turkey-with-white-wine-oranges-and-apples-savory-turkey-gravy/

  • Bonus Recipe – Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/20/homemade-whole-berry-cranberry-sauce-with-apple-and-a-hint-of-cinnamon/

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++ The amount of beans shown here should serve between 5 – 6 people, depending upon how many other sides dishes you’re serving.  I figure approximately a handful of fresh beans for each guest… but I have small hands, so this ‘method’ might not work for you! 

++ If you’re having lots and lots of guests and need to cook more beans, just double or triple the browned butter.  But remember, the cooking time for the beans will be a bit longer.

Ingredients and Method 

  • fresh green beans, rinsed  –  ends snapped       ++ You don’t have to snap both ends… although I usually do.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1/8 tsp. Mrs. Dash ‘Garlic & Herb’ seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp, salt
  • 1 Tbs. sesame seeds

Rinse beans and snap off ends.  Snap beans in half if they’re are overly large.  (This step can be done either the night before or earlier in the day, just place the beans in a plastic zip lock bag and refrigerate.)

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Place beans and 1/2 cup water into a large skillet with a cover.  Bring water to a boil.  Cover and allow to cook at a light boil for between 10 -12 minutes.  ++  Beans will not be fully cooked at this point.

Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds - My Yellow Farmhouse.comWhile beans are cooking (or the night before/earlier in the day) prepare the Browned Butter, which only takes about 5 minutes!

Place 2 Tbs. butter, 1/8 tsp. Mrs. Dash ‘Garlic & Herb’ seasoning and 1/4 tsp, salt in a small pan over medium heat.  It’s not necessary to stir the butter but you do have to watch it carefully !  After several minutes the butter will have foamed up considerably. Remove pan from heat and add 1 Tbs. sesame seeds.  Set browned butter aside until beans are fully cooked.

++  If you prepared the browned butter the night before (or earlier in the day) remove it from the refrigerator and rewarm in the microwave before adding it to the cooked beans.

Remove cover from skillet.  Lower heat a bit.  Continue cooking for another 5 – 6 minutes, stirring every once in a while.   ++ Any remaining water will gradually evaporate, which helps the browned butter to stick to the beans.    ++  Be sure not to overcook the beans – you want them crisp-tender!!

Add your prepared browned butter to the beans, mix well and serve.    Easy and delicious!

Happy Holidays to All – Enjoy !

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Make-Ahead Turkey Dinner – Recipe No. 3 – “Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onion”

+ Prepare ‘Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onions’ two days ahead +

Herbed Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onion is the 3rd recipe a series of 6 ‘make ahead’ recipes, all of which can be prepared – or prepped – a day or two ahead, which will help to make your busy life a bit easier!  By preparing a few dishes each night for two nights, all you’ll need to do the day of The Big Feast is roast the turkey, make the gravy and cook the green beans.

My Yellow Farmhouse.com - Make-Ahead Turkey Dinner

Everything was very casual the night of the ‘taste testing’.

Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

MENU

  • Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/13/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-1-mashed-potatoes-with-sour-cream-and-chives/

  • Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Dash of Bourbon

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-2-sweet-potatoes-with-cinnamon-nutmeg-and-a-splash-of-brandy/

  • Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onions
  • Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/22/green-beans-with-browned-butter-and-sesame-seeds-browned-butter-can-be-prepared-ahead/

  • Turkey Breast (or Turkey) with White Wine, Oranges & Savory Turkey Gravy

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/17/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipes-no-4-5-roasted-turkey-breast-or-whole-turkey-with-white-wine-oranges-and-apples-savory-turkey-gravy/

  • Bonus Recipe – Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/20/homemade-whole-berry-cranberry-sauce-with-apple-and-a-hint-of-cinnamon/

'Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner' - Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

Ingredients and Method

  • 6 Tbs. butter
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped Baby Bella mushrooms  ++ about 1/2 a small package
  • 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning    ++ I use ‘Bells’
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package Pepperidge Farm ‘Herb Stuffing’ Bread Cubes
  • OPTIONAL ADD-INS – – 1/4 cup chopped, peeled apple, 1/4 cup raisins, 2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts …. you get the idea !

Place 6 Tbs. butter in a large skillet or pan. Add 1 cup chopped red onion and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

Add 1/3 cup chopped celery.  Cook, stirring, for an additional 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups chopped Baby Bella mushrooms AND 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning. Continue cooking for 3 more minutes – just until mushrooms pieces wilt a bit.

++ Do NOT wash wash mushrooms. Simply wipe them with a damp paper towel. Mushrooms are like sponges, they tend to soak up water.  ++ Use the entire mushroom, including the stem. If the end of the stem looks dry, cut it off.

++ You don’t want to overcook the veggies. Except for the mushrooms, they should be a bit ‘crisp-tender’. They’ll continue cooking when the stuffing is reheated.

Add 2 cups chicken broth. Raise heat and bring to a boil.

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Once broth/veggies reach a boil, remove pan from the heat.  Add the bread cubes and mix together with veggie/broth mixture using a large fork.  Cover for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, uncover.  Allow stuffing to cool a bit, then put into an ovenproof casserole.  Cover with aluminum foil.

This casserole dish was given to me last Christmas – it was perfect for this stuffing!

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I have a small refrigerator in my cellar, so I was able to place all the ‘made-ahead’ dishes there.  You can always use a large cooler or two – just be sure to keep the temperature good and cold.

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About 20 minutes before you’re ready to reheat the stuffing, take the casserole out of the refrigerator to take the chill off.

Bake at 360 for about 40 minutes, COVERED, during which time you can allow your turkey to ‘rest’ uncovered.  ++Allowing cooked meat to ‘rest’ makes the meat juicer. Plus it’s often easier to carve – which means … no shredded turkey!

Happy Holidays to All – Enjoy!

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Make-Ahead Turkey Dinner – Recipe No. 2 – Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Splash of Brandy

Prepare ‘Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Splash of Brandy’ TWO days ahead.

Brandy or bourbon can be used.  Your choice !!

Sweet Potatoes can be heated before serving in the oven   OR   in a slow cooker.

Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Splash of Bourbon is the 2nd in a series of 6 ‘make ahead’ recipes, all of which can be prepared – or prepped – a day or two ahead, which will help to make your busy life a bit easier!  By preparing a few dishes each night for two nights, all you’ll need to do the day of The Big Feast is roast the turkey, make the gravy and cook the green beans!

Everything was very casual the night I invited my friends to a ‘taste testing’.

Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

My Yellow Farmhouse.com - Make-Ahead Turkey Dinner

  MENU

  • Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/13/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-1-mashed-potatoes-with-sour-cream-and-chives/

  •  Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Dash of Bourbon
  • Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onion

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-3-herb-stuffing-with-baby-bella-mushrooms/

  • Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/22/green-beans-with-browned-butter-and-sesame-seeds-browned-butter-can-be-prepared-ahead/

  • Turkey Breast (or Turkey) with White Wine, Oranges  & + Savory Turkey Gravy

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/17/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipes-no-4-5-roasted-turkey-breast-or-whole-turkey-with-white-wine-oranges-and-apples-savory-turkey-gravy/

  • Bonus Recipe – Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/20/homemade-whole-berry-cranberry-sauce-with-apple-and-a-hint-of-cinnamon/

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I based my Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Splash of Brandy on a family favorite featured every Thanksgiving in my daughter-in-law’s family.  My son M. is now ‘in charge’ of preparing the sweet potatoes every year and he does an excellent job. (‘Gum Gum’ – this post is dedicated to you with lots of love!)

The splash of brandy or bourbon isn’t truly necessary but it does lend a lovely balance to the sweetness of the dark Karo syrup and brown sugar.

Ingredients and Method

  • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, scrubbed & rinsed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups DARK Karo Syrup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. butter  ++  Feel free to add more butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt – or to taste
  • 1 – 2 Tbs. brandy or bourbon
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped pecans  ++ Sprinkle on top right before reheating 

Cut off small ends of sweet potatoes, cut potatoes in half and peel.

Place sweet potato halves into a large saucepan filled with enough cold water to cover potatoes. Add 1 tsp. salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Sweet potatoes will NOT be fully cooked.  They’ll finish cooking in the oven.

 

Drain and allow to cool, then cut into 1/3″ slices.

While potatoes are cooling, prepare sauce. In a medium saucepan place Karo Syrup, brown sugar,  butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and 1 – 2 Tbs. brandy or bourbon.  Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, stirring often, for about 15 – 20 minutes.

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Place sweet potatoes slices in a casserole.  Pour the sauce over the potatoes and mix to cover well with sauce.  Cover casserole with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate.

 

I have a small refrigerator in my cellar, so I was able to place all the ‘made-ahead’ dishes there.  You can always use a large cooler or two – just be sure to keep the temperature good and cold.

Make Ahead Turkey Dinner - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

About 40 minutes before you’re ready to reheat the potatoes, take the casserole out of the refrigerator to take the chill off.   With a large serving spoon, bring the potatoes on the bottom up to the top so they’ve all had ‘their time’ to sit in all that sugary/bourbony goodness.  Sprinkle with 1/3 cup roughly chopped pecans.

Bake at 360 for about 40 minutes, without a cover, during which time you can allow your turkey to ‘rest’.

++Allowing cooked meat to ‘rest’ makes the meat juicer. Plus it’s often easier to carve – which means … no shredded turkey!

Happy Holidays to All – Enjoy!

Make Ahead Turkey Dinner - My Yellow Farmhouse.com