I don’t know about you, but we always make way more food than we need for Thanksgiving, so that we can have leftovers. I almost think that the leftovers are better than the original meal. I know it sounds wrong, but Thanksgiving leftovers are the bomb! Usually we have a pretty well balanced amount of leftovers. However, this time we had more leftover potatoes than usual. So, I decided that it was time to come up with a recipe that featured leftover mashed potatoes. This Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie features leftover turkey, gravy, vegetables all topped with a nice layer of potatoes. It was a hit and I am sure it will be a hit at your house!
Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous. Be as prepared as possible. I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible. Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey. Its all in there.
Dana was getting inspired by Thanksgiving and wanted to make a nice treat for my son’s class. So, she decided to make some Turkey Sugar Cookies. That alone sounds good, but Dana added my son’s favorite candy to the mix. Yep, Candy corns to form the turkey feathers. These cookies are quick, easy and super delicious! Plus, they look amazing! Super cute Thanksgiving Cookies that are perfect for any Thanksgiving Table.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. It is time to get the Turkey and determine when to thaw it. Frozen Turkeys are just fine. I know every TV chef in the country says to buy a fresh Turkey, I have prepared one fresh and one thawed Turkey side by side and my guests could not tell the difference. Here are a few tips for picking out a turkey and getting ready for Thanksgiving.
With the sudden drop in temperature and the start of football season, I have been craving chili. I have made a ton of chili recipes, but wanted to create one that emphasized corn and black beans. The combination of corn and black beans just intrigues me. So I went through my spice cabinet and started grabbing spices. After a few changes, I got the flavor that I was craving. This chili ended up being one the tastiest that I have made. The addition of the corn kernels added a nice texture and flavor. You have to try this chili.
Smoked Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Meatballs is a really long name, but super accurate and perfect for this amazing appetizer. This is an awesome appetizer that is perfect for tailgating, cookouts, sports games or any day. The spicy, smokey and cheesey flavors are a great combination. If you want a great appetizer and have access to an outdoor grill this recipe is for you!
As you all know, I love to barbecue. Smoking meats is a passion of mine. One of my favorite things to smoke, is chicken wings. The smokey flavor, crispy skin and tender meat, is a perfect combination. Once cooked, toss the wings in your favorite sauce and enjoy! These are definitely a must try meal.
After Labor Day, I had a lot of leftover pulled pork. So I decided to use it to make my favorite dish, Pizza! I make pizza with all of my leftovers. However, this one was so good that I had to share. I used my leftover sauce, some thinly sliced red onion, green pepper for crunch and of course some delicious pulled pork. It was one of the best pizzas that I have made. I love it!
Today Thermoworks is releasing the new Thermapen Mk4. This is like Christmas over here at Savory Reviews. We love our Thermapen and Thermoworks products so much. Just like most people can’t wait for the new Apple products, we can’t wait for new Thermoworks products. The new Thermapen looks like the old thermapen, but has an auto-rotating screen, back-lit display and uses a common AAA battery. No more searching for 2032 batteries. We have AAA batteries everywhere. The Thermapen Mk4 is going to be the coolest tool in my BBQ arsenal. The best thing is that it is only $99. The classic superfast thermapens are still available and have dropped in price to $79.
There is no dessert out there, that screams bbq, better than banana pudding. If you go to any hardcore bbq joint in the south they will have a banana pudding. It is a great dessert that is cool, refreshing and balances out the smoke of the main dish. So I decided that I had to have an awesome banana pudding in my repertoire. This banana pudding is amazing and I hope that you get a chance to make it for yourself.
The other day I was watching TV and they were going over the history of the S’more. It totally got me wanting one and I didn’t have a campfire handy. So I wandered through the store and came up with a handheld way to make them for me or for a party. The S’more Mix, still only uses three ingredients. Plus the S’more Mix comes out just as good, or dare I say, even better than the original.
I just got a new Traeger Smoker and I really love. The model is a Traeger Texas, and it makes some mighty fine Q. I am always working on ways to smoke more things. So when I picked up some huge mushrooms at the store, I figured that I should smoke them. This is a pretty traditional Italian stuffed mushroom recipe, with the exception of the smoke. I will tell you that the smoke flavor really added to the dish. They were freaking delicious!
I love a great Greek salad. The mixture of kalamata olives, cucumber, feta and a tangy dressing, is just downright awesome! I have been reworking my recipes to lower my salt and calorie intake. Who knew that years of cheese, bacon and beer would not so great on my body. I had no clue. Haha. Well it has caught up with me and it is time for me to try to shred some excess calories and salt via new recipes. The only problem is that low calorie and low sodium food usually tastes like crap. Well I have been trying a ton of new recipes. Most of which sucked. So that is why I have been a little absent from the blog. Well this recipe is a winner. The flavors are so strong and delicious you will not miss the added salt. The salt in the feta and olives is enough to season the entire dish. As for calories, this recipe is not super low in calories, but it is not too shabby on calories.