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Grandma K’s Turkey Gravy Recipe

Here’s a stress-free recipe that’ll impress Grandma herself! Seasonings and a shallot add wonderful flavor` to this velvety gravy, which tastes just as good the next day. —Jesse Klausmeier, Burbank, California

 

Grandma K's Turkey Gravy

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 2 cups (approx. 16 servings)

Ingredients:

  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions: 

  1. Pour drippings into a 2-cup measuring cup. Skim fat, reserving 1/4 cup. Add enough broth to the drippings to measure 2 cups.
  2. Saute shallot in reserved fat in a small saucepan. Stir in the flour, salt, onion powder, poultry seasoning and pepper until blended; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until browned (do not burn). Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

 

Originally published as Grandma’s Turkey Gravy in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p46

Star-Spangled Red, White & Blue Slab Pie

Recipe provided by Pillsbury™

Pillsbury™ Star-Spangled Red, White and Blue pie

Photo by Pillsbury

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box (from 2 boxes)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait® Original lemon burst yogurt
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon (3 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon peel)
  • 6 cups assorted berries (sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
  • 1 cup strawberry glaze (from 13.5-oz container)

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Remove 2 of the pie crusts from pouches. Unroll and stack on lightly floured surface. Roll to 17×12-inch rectangle. Fit crust into ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, pressing into corners. Fold crust even with edges of pan. Prick crust several times with fork.
  2. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, remove another pie crust from pouch. On lightly floured surface, unroll crust. Roll to 12-inch circle. Cut stars using 1-, 1 1/2- and 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on large ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with water; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar.
  4. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, the cream cheese, yogurt, lemon juice and lemon peel with electric mixer on high speed until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly into crust-lined pan. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until chilled.
  6. In large bowl, mix berries and glaze until well blended. Spoon berry mixture evenly on top of cream cheese-topped pie crust. Place pie crust stars on top of berry mixture.

Expert Tips

  • Strawberry glaze can be found in the produce section of your grocery store.
  • Take care in folding the berries and glaze. If using raspberries or blackberries, gently fold them in at the very end to avoid berries breaking apart.

Eagle Cheese Bites from Hallmark™

Eagle Cheese Bites

Photo by Hallmark

Yield: 20 to 24 cheese bites

Ingredients:

  • One 8-oz. package cream cheese
  • 11⁄2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese 1⁄2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1⁄8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese Round crackers for serving
  • Black peppercorns
  • 20 to 24 whole cashews

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion powder and garlic powder with an electric mixer. Chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Spread shredded Parmesan in a shallow bowl or pan.
  3. Remove cheese mixture from refrigerator. Scoop about 1⁄2 tablespoon of cheese mixture into your clean hands and form a ball. Roll the ball in the Parmesan. Shape ball into a slight oval, and place atop a cracker. Add a cashew beak and 2 black peppercorns for eyes. Continue until you’ve run out of the cheese mixture.