For the most part I have just done review of Good Eats episode. But for Thanksgiving, I decided to expand my horizons and do a review of some other shows with a Thanksgiving theme. First up on the list is an episode of Down Home with the Neelys, entitled Giving Thanks. In this epsiode the Neelys make stuffed turkey breast, white cheddar potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon & walnuts, and pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting.
Stuffed Turkey Breast | Click here for the recipe
For this recipe, the Neelys create a stuffing that contains Italian sausage, herbs, dried cranberries, and the usual veggies. They were discussing what the difference between stuffing and dressing is, but they didn’t really seem to know the answer. But I have an answer. It’s called stuffing when it’s in the bird and dressing when it’s cooked outside the bird. Simple as that. The stuffing uses French Rustic loaf which I think they didn’t say in the show, but that is what the online recipe says.
The Neely use a butterflied turkey breast that they purchased already butterflied. I have never seen on already butterflied myself. So you may not be able to find on either, so you may have to do it yourself. I searched for a video online on how to butterfly a turkey breast, you can watch it below.
I would recommend using a probe therometer to monitor the temperature. It’s easy than opening the oven and using an instant read. Anytime you open the oven it slows down cooking.
White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes | Click here for the recipe
In order to change up the traditional mashed potatoes, they added some white cheddar. They choose white because it wouldn’t change the color of the potatoes, so you wouldn’t necessarily know it was there at first. Her guests could tell something was different, but didn’t realize it was cheese until she told them. I like that they heated up the dairy before adding it to the potatoes. People often just take cold milk out of the fridge to add, and this cools the potatoes down.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts | Click here for my review of this recipe
To make these sprouts, they shred the sprouts first. My wife really likes this idea, as she loves shredded cabbage. I tried this recipe, but without the walnuts, not a fan. This is a fast dish to make as when you shred the sprouts, they cook very quickly. Just make sure to not overcook them, that is why I think most people don’t like them. And if you can get them, try to find brussels sprouts that are still on the stalk. To learn more about when brussels sprouts are in season, click here.
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | Click here for the recipe
Here is another recipe I would be interested in giving a try. Except I would use fresh pumpkin instead of canned (click here to find out how I make fresh pumpkin puree). I like the idea of adding a maple frosting to the cupcakes, I think the maple flavor would go well with pumpkin.