November 4, 2008

Grandmas Thanksgiving Recipies

Thanksgiving Day is approaching and has me once gain remembering times gone by . Last year i posted about Dad and my brothers hunting the morning of Thanksgiving and things we would do that day in preparing the meal. I thought this year, i would share some of the recipies mom would use for our yearly dinner. She was very traditional and made much what her own mother made, but always trying a new dish to pass. There was many to cook for. we were a family of five children, so once the grandkids started coming, we would have a full house for dinner. Mom would start the morning by getting up around 3 am to make her famous yeast rolls an "sticky buns" by 8 am the house would be filled with the scent of home made yeast rolls and we would wake up starving! I am sure the grandkids all remember the wonderful smells at grandmas as she would bake. Next she would make dressing , stuff the turkey and place it in the oven. Here is the gibblet dressing she recipie as I remember it .
Gibblet Dressing
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

1/2 cup butter

(8 cups) ora loaf of toasted bread cut up into smaller cubed peices.
1/2 cup raisins

1 egg

1 teaspoon seasoned salt or celery salt

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/4 teaspoon pepper


In saucepan, combine giblets (not the liver) and enough water to cover and salt. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours, until tender . Cool giblets and broth slightly. Remove and chop giblets; set aside and reserve 1 cup of the broth.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium low heat; cook onion and celery until tender; combine with bread crumbs, egg, chopped giblets, seasoned salt, poultry seasoning, and pepper. Add reserved broth, tossing lightly to moisten. Spoon into a buttered 2-quart baking dish Cover tightly and bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes. May also be cooked the bird, which mom would do by doubling her recipe. -( stuffs a 10 to 12 pound turkey). Of course, some of the kids didn't like raisins in their dressing, which she would make some without...and some of the family like oyster dressing ( yum..that was me!)
Oyster dressing

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup minced onion
1 pint small oysters, drained and chopped

1 tablespoon crumbled poultry seasoning

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup chopped parsley

3/4 cup finely chopped celery with leaves

10 to 12 cups soft-stale bread crumbs ( or crushed crackers)

2 eggs, beaten


Melt butter in skillet; add onion and celery; cook for 5 minutes; add oysters, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and beaten eggs.

Makes about 10 cups as stuffing ..bake in greased caserole dish .Bake, covered, at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes..remove cover last 5 minutes until browned.

Cranberry-Orange Relish

3 cups fresh whole cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons finely grated orange peel, mom would also chop up a little orange into this also
1/2 cup water
finely choped nuts, optional


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries pop, about 5 minutes. Let cool and serve. This may be made ahead and refrigerated, covered, for up to 1 week before serving. This is very good!

Makes 2 cups.

Grandma's Heavenly Hash Fruit Salad


2 cups tart apples, diced

1 cup seedless grapes, green , cut in half

(or use the purple ones and remove the seeds.)

1/2 cup Mandarin orange sections
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup pecans chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup whipped cream
1/4 cup sugar
Preparation:Coat apples with lemon juice; mix in grapes, orange sections, marshmallows, and nuts. Combine sugar and whipped cream. Mix thoroughly. Fold fruit into cream. Serve immediately or chill.Serves 6.

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