Thursday, November 19, 2009
Bread Stuffing/Homemade Hot Vanilla Cocoa/Honey Butter
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 large celery stalks, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
9 cups soft bread cubes (15 slices)
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. Melt butter in 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook celery and onion in butter 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove Dutch oven from the heat.
2. Gently toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients, using spoon, until bread cubes are evenly coated.
3. Use to stuff one 10- to 12-pound turkey. Or to bake stuffing separately, grease 3-quart casserole or rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Place stuffing in casserole or baking dish. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake at 325°F for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes longer.
Homemade Hot Vanilla Cocoa
1 quart milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)
whipped cream for topping
In saucepan, combine sugar and cocoa. Add a few tablespoons of
milk and heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly. The
heat will make it easier to dissolve the cocoa. When the sugar,
cocoa and milk have formed a paste, add the remainder of the
milk plus the vanilla or cinnamon and heat until steaming.
Pour into mugs, top with a bit of whipped cream and serve
Yield: 4 servings
"Softened butter is creamed with honey for this favorite spread. Add cinnamon, if desired. You may just have to whip up a batch of fresh biscuits to serve with this!"
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1. In a small bowl mix butter and honey until smooth.
2. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.