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

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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

BLUEBERRY, STRAWBERRY & JICAMA SALSA

This salsa recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod is also great with grilled fish or chicken. It is best eaten the day it is made.

Yield:  About 3 Cups Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup diced jicama
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeño pepper, stemmed and seeded
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • Salt, to taste
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

 

Directions:

  1.  In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, jicama, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips at room temperature or chilled.

Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Sweet maple syrup and zesty balsamic vinegar lend bright flavors to tender grilled pork chops, a crisp summer salad and luscious red strawberries. Kim Sumrall from Aptos, California shares the recipe.

Yield: 1 cup or 8 Servings

Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe
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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

FOR PORK CHOPS:
4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
FOR SALAD:
8 cups torn mixed salad greens
FOR STRAWBERRIES:
2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled

Directions:
In a blender, combine vinegar and syrup. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Yield: 1 cup.
For pork chops: Pour 2/3 cup dressing into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing.
Drain and discard marinade. Grill pork chops, covered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, brushing with 3 tablespoons reserved dressing during the last 5 minutes. Drizzle remaining dressing over chops before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
For salad: In a large bowl, toss greens with dressing. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
For strawberries: In a large bowl, toss berries with dressing. Chill until serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts
2 tablespoons dressing equals 303 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Originally published as Maple Balsamic Dressing in Simple & Delicious July/August 2007, p17

Homemade Mayonnaise – Taste of Home©

Homemade Mayonnaise
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Yield: 1-1/4 cups or approx. 24 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. olive oil
  • dash of white pepper

Directions:

  1. In a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water, constantly
    whisk the egg yolks, water and lemon juice until mixture reaches
    160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. While
    stirring, quickly place the bottom of the pan in a bowl of ice
    water; continue stirring for 2 minutes or until cooled.
  2. Transfer to a blender. Add salt and pepper. While processing,
    gradually add oil in a steady stream. Transfer to a small bowl.
    Cover and refrigerate for up to 7 days.

Nutritional Facts: 1 tablespoon equals 84 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, trace carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: 2 fat.

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