Learn how easy it is to make my recipe for Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole using fresh sweet potatoes, spices, pecans, and mini marshmallows!

Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole

 

 

Sweet potatoes. You either love them or hate them. My family is a bit divided so I still tend to make a small batch of sweet potato casserole  at Thanksgiving for those that love it. I love it and the more marshmallows on top the better. Because let’s face it–why else would you eat a homemade sweet potato casserole? As a kid that’s how I was lured to try sweet potato casserole. I’m pretty sure the first few times I had it all I did was eat the crispy marshmallow topping. I’m pretty sure Ryder will do the same thing. Then again, he’s already tried sweet potatoes and loves them. So maybe I won’t need to lure him with the mini marshmallows? Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole

Let’s talk about how easy it is to make my recipe for Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole. First, you peal, cut and boil the sweet potatoes. Once they are fork tender combine them with butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mash them until they are smooth. Top them with chopped pecans (if you like nuts–I do, my husband doesn’t so maybe only top one side?) and then sprinkle on the mini marshmallows. I contained myself and only used 2 cups. But if you want this casserole to be more marshmallow than sweet potatoes… go right ahead. It is your casserole after all. Just make sure others will be on the same mind-set and love for mini-marshmallows like you are! Going back to the recipe… broil this casserole like you’ve never broiled before… make sure to not burn the mini marshmallows but just lightly toast them until golden brown. Then it’s time to dig in and enjoy.

Katie Original Recipe

Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10

Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 extra large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions

  1. Boil sweet potatoes (peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes) until fork tender (about 20 minutes).
  2. Preheat the broiler.
  3. Drain the sweet potatoes and add in the unsalted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a hand mixer, mix the potatoes until smooth.
  4. Spray non-stick cooking spray into an oven-safe dish. Pour the potatoes into the dish. Top with chopped pecans and mini marshmallows. Broil on high for 30 seconds until marshmallows are golden brown. Serve immediately.

Notes

Prep this side dish the day before dinner. Bring out of refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving dinner. Bake for 10-15 minutes and then add the marshmallow topping and broil for 30 seconds.

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Switch up your go-to recipe and try my recipe for Cherry Pecan Stuffing–loads of flavor, a slight crunch, and a little sweetness in every bite! 

Cherry Pecan StuffingStuffing is one of those recipes that I find not too many people experiment and change things up with. They stick to the family recipe that has been passed down by generation after generation. That is the case in my family. My mother learned how to make stuffing from her mother. And my mom has taught me how to make her stuffing recipe. Of course I can’t share that coveted recipe on here. It’s a secret family recipe. So instead I’ve used the base of how we make our family stuffing recipe that has been passed down generation to generation and jazzed it up with pecans and dried cherries.

Cherry Pecan Stuffing

I absolutely love adding fruit in stuffing. I love the sweet savory mix and the pecans give this stuffing a nice unexpected crunch. Of course if you aren’t a nut lover or allergic for that matter feel free to omit them. My husband is not a fan of the nuts, but I am and since I’m the one cooking–he eats what I make! Whether your ready to switch it up this holiday dinner or stick to the traditional go-to recipe is totally up to you. If you switch it up, I think you’ll be pleased with a nice change of both savory and sweet stuffing!

Katie Original Recipe

Cherry Pecan Stuffing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8

Cherry Pecan Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 stalks celery, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • 2-1/2 cups turkey broth
  • 1 14 oz package of Herb Seasoned Classic Stuffing Mix (I used Pepperidge Farm brand)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large stock pot, melt butter on high. Reduce to medium heat and add in the celery and onions. Cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add in the chopped pecans, dried cherries, mix and cook for 2 additional minutes toasting the pecans. Add in the turkey broth. Bring to a boil then remove off the heat. Add in the parsley and and stuffing mix.
  3. Mix well until all the stuffing mix has absorbed the broth. Place stuffing into an oven safe dish. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve immediately.
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La Crema Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Baking Guide

 

Do you know a baker in your life? Racking your brain on what to get them? Check out over 25 gift ideas for the baker in your life (gift ideas as little as $10 and upwards of $200). This gift guide is perfect for every budget. Whether an experienced baker or just getting interested in baking you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for the friend and family member in your life.

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  1. Chocolate lover’s gift set – A perfect gift for the wine and chocolate lover in your life. 20 mouth-watering artisan chocolates designed to pair perfectly with our Monterey Pinot Noir. La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Noir: This outstanding vintage gave us a complex nose that offers up both savory and sweet tones; ripe plum and forest floor aromas are highlighted by notes of violet and cocoa powder. On the palate, pomegranate and blackberry take center stage, highlighted by notes of anise and mocha. (Price for the set: $75 / Wine Club $60)
  2. Easy As Pie Gift Set from King Arthur Flour – This is perfect for the pie baker in your life. It helps stock their pantry and gives them a nice new pie plate too! The set includes: Apple Pie Spice,  Pumpkin Pie Spice, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Signature Secrets, and a White 9″ Deep Dish Pie Plate.
  3. SILPAT Non-Stick Baking Mat - I’ve been baking with SILPAT for the past 2 years. Can’t imagine baking without one–nothing sticks to a Silpat! Silpat® Non-Stick Baking Mats are designed for every type of oven.  It is reusable for thousands of uses and provides even heat transfer to baked goods. Use your Silpat® everytime you bake!
  4. Chardonnay Lover’s Gift SetThe perfect pairing for the Chardonnay lover of you list. Everything you need to enjoy a glass of La Crema. Set of 2 (two) Stemless Reidel “O” Chardonnay glasses. Corkscrew –  a “two-step” waiter’s friend French wood and metal corkscrew. La Crema Appellation Series Russian River Chardonnay.  This classic style Russian River Chardonnay has fresh aromas of yellow apple and stone fruits, highlighted by baking spice and vanilla tones. Its rich mouthfeel is beautifully balanced by juicy acidity and a lush, lingering finish. (Price: $75.00 / Wine Club $60.00)
  5. Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set by Wilton – This is the set to have if you are an avid cake decorator. I would LOVE to own one of these. With the Ultimate Professional Decorating Set, you’ll have easy-to-use cake decorating tools, conveniently organized, in a sturdy caddy at your fingertips. It’s our most extensive collection of the essential tools for every decorating need from buttercream and royal icing to gum paste and fondant decorating. The Ultimate Tool Caddy features sectioned drawers, spatula slots, pegs for keeping decorating tips organized, an oversized drawer for larger items and more. Each drawer features a secure snap lid so all your tools stay secure when you’re on the go. 177 total pieces make this truly the Ultimate Decorating Set. 
  6. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by OXO – I have these mixing bowls and love them. I love that they have a non-skid bottom that stabilizes the Bowls while mixing. The Bowls have a brushed stainless steel interior that retains temperature for chilling and marinating and a white plastic exterior that shields your hands from extreme temperatures. The curved interior surface allows for easy mixing and cleaning. All sizes nest for compact storage and all are dishwasher safe. Set includes 1.5, 3 and 5 quart Bowls.
  7. Layer Cake Slicer by Frieling – I love a good layered cake, but hate cutting the layers. Not any more. Makes slicing up to eight uniform layers a “piece of cake”! 3-piece kit includes adjustable, grooved slicing mold, 12″ serrated baker’s knife and 11″ cake lifter. Pair it with one of the extra-deep springforms for up to eight layers or a standard one for up to four layers.
  8. Cake Pops Nonstick Baking Pans from World Market
  9. KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer - no baking guide with complete without a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I’ve owned one for 7 years now and use it almost daily. It’s truly a work horse. Serious bakers are looking for power, performance, and stamina. The ProLine delivers all three, while looking drop-dead gorgeous. Its high-efficiency motor runs longer with less heat buildup. 
  10. Master Tip Set by Wilton – I have this decorating container and most of the tips. This is perfect for the experienced baker or even the beginner baker who wants to start taking cake decorating classes! The ultimate decorating tip set includes 55 decorating tips, standard couplers and flower nails.
  11. Large Cookie Scoop by OXO – I own all three sizes. Seriously, I didn’t realize how important it is to have cookie scoops until I finally got them! You will always consistently achieve perfectly round cookies with the scoop. The Small, Medium and Large Scoops all have soft grips that absorb pressure while you squeeze to easily release your cookie dough. Dishwasher safe.
  12. Perfect Pairings Gift SetUnlock the secrets of wine pairings with this book and bottle combination. Perfect Pairings by Ryland, Peters & Small – Take wine appreciation to the next level by learning how to match wine with the perfect food.  A resource of 100 delicious recipes along with pairing guides and tips for serving wine at home. La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Noir – Vivid and complex, with both savory and sweet aromas. Ripe plum and forest floor aromas are highlighted by notes of violet and cocoa powder. On the palate, pomegranate and blackberry take center stage.  Bright acidity and fine -grained tannins create an elegantly structured wine. (Price: $47.95/ Wine Club $38.36)
  13. 11″ Silicone Balloon Whisk by OXO – I love a good whisk and love that this one is silicone! It won’t ding up your pots, pans, and bowls! The silicone is heat resistant (up to 600oF) and a teardrop shaped handle that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The soft handle won’t slip out of your hand, even when wet. Beat eggs, stir batter, whip cream and stir sauces in comfort. The Silicone will not discolor, warp or melt and is safe for non-stick, ceramic and metal cookware.
  14. Bite-Size Brownie Squares 24-Cavity Silicone Mold by Wilton – Love the idea of making mini brownies without having to cut them into bite-size pieces. Little brownie bites—just the right size for parties and snacks. One 8 x 8 in. size brownie mix makes 40 to 42 brownies.
  15. Brownie Fun! by Wilton – cookies aren’t the only ones that can be the star of a party. Learn how to decorate fun and festive brownies with this cookbook. Brownie Fun! is packed with over 140 easy-to-make designs and recipes for brownies and mini treats. You’ll find fun shapes like flowers, footballs, burgers, volcanos and space aliens that are perfect for kids’ birthday parties. Create perfect brownies for every holiday, too, dressed up in festive seasonal colors. From stand-up Easter eggs and Halloween witches’ brooms to candy-topped Christmas ornaments and shaped snowflakes, you can enjoy Brownie Fun all year long. You’ll even find brownies elegant enough to serve at weddings, showers and other special occasions, with candy monograms, fondant flowers and more.
  16. 4 Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set by OXO – I have these and love measuring small amounts of liquid like extracts and juices! The Beakers stand on their own, with fill lines below the very top, making it easy to set out ingredients before you start cooking or baking.  The funnel shape and spout on the top of the Beakers make filling and pouring simple.  When you’re done, all four sizes are dishwasher safe and nest for compact storage. Set includes 2 oz, 1 oz, 1 T and 1 tsp beakers with colorful, easy-to-read measurement markings.
  17. Keep Calm & Bake On Apron from World Market – every baker needs a cute apron and what better way to confirm they are the baker in the family than by this cute slogan.
  18. Keep Calm & Bake On Pot Holders from World Market – pair the cute apron with matching pot holders. Every baker can never have too many pot holders in the kitchen.
  19. Cookie Press with Disk Storage Case from OXO – Every baker needs a cookie press! Make batches of fun, consistent cookies for any occasion with the OXO Good Grips Cookie Press. The large, comfortable lever won’t strain your hand through dozens of cookies and the non-slip base keeps the Press steady while dispensing dough.  The top of the Press is contoured to provide a comfortable grip and the clear cylindrical barrel shows how much dough is left. With 12 stainless steel cookie disks in different patterns included, you’ll be prepared for any occasion! The Cookie Press disassembles for easy loading and cleaning.
  20. Pinot Noir Lover’s Gift SetThe perfect pairing for the Chardonnay lover of you list. Everything you need to enjoy a glass of your favorite La Crema wine. Set of 2 (two) Stemless Reidel “O” Pinot Noir glasses. Corkscrew –  a “two-step” waiter’s friend French wood and metal corkscrew. La Crema Appellation Series 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir.  Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. Well-structured and decidedly velvety, the supple tannins and spice linger on a long satisfying finish. (Price: $80.00 / Wine Club $64.00)
  21. Welcome Home Brands Paper Bakeware – Holiday - Whether your baking for the holidays or your child’s next bake sale these decorative and disposable paper bakeware are ideal. They are oven safe up to 400°F and freezer safe. You can place these directly on an oven rack or cookie sheet and they are free-standing. That means no need for metal molds!
  22. Decorating Bag Holder by Wilton – if you’ve ever decorated a cake you know it’s nice to have some where to hold the icing decorating bags. Keep icing bags organized and in easy reach of your decorating workspace. Openings hold up to six decorating bags from 8 in. to 16 in. (sold separately). The built-in, snug flower nail grips grasp nails for easy one-handed use. Stable legs smoothly lock into place and fold to maximize storage space. Silicone feet prevent the holder from sliding on the work surface. 
  23. Macaron Gifting Kit from World Market – for the macaron baking lover this gifting kit will surely make the homemade macarons that much sweeter! The kit includes decorative boxes with see-through lids, parchment paper, stickers and ribbons to add a sweet finishing touch and gift tags to personalize each special box of treats.
  24. 3 Piece Silicone Spatula Set by OXO – The baker in your life can never own enough silicone spatulas. I probably own over 10 easily (ok maybe 20). Silicone is heat resistant and safe to use for coated or non-stick cookware. The soft, non-slip handles are cushioned and keep your hand comfortable as you cook, stir or scrape.
  25. Wood Bark Pedestal Stand from World Market – Ever baker needs a cute cake stand and this rustic chic wood bark one is just that! Perfect for all occasions.

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Looking for other holiday gift ideas? Check out these guides from some of my fellow blogging friends:

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dixie Crystals Sugar. As always all opinions are my own.

Bring the tropics to your holiday dinner with this easy four-ingredient recipe for Cranberry Mango Sauce. 

Cranberry Mango Sauce

Over the past few years I’ve started experimenting with homemade cranberry sauces. I’ve made a Cran-Raspberry Sauce and a traditional cranberry-orange sauce. This year I wanted to bring the tropics to our Thanksgiving table. We love eating mangos in our home so I figured pairing the sweet tropical fruit with tart in-season cranberries would be perfect. Instead of using orange juice to cook the cranberry sauce I opted for a thick mango juice. At first I was gonna use Pom-Mango but I wanted a sweeter juice. Pom-Mango is still a little on the tart side. So as I browsed through the grocery store (with a  7 month old in tow)  I found the boxed mango juice in the juice aisle at my local grocery store.

I chopped up one fresh honey mango. Honey mangos are the smaller yellow mangos. These are the mangos that my husband and I ate every single day on our honeymoon in St. Lucia some 6.5 years ago. I wanted to share some more facts about mangos. According to Health Impact News, Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack. Mangos contain 76% vitamin C! Who knew that they were packed with that much vitamin C. And Cranberries have 22% vitamin C. So adding mangos to the cranberry sauce might help give your guest a vitamin c boost keeping everyone a tad bit healthier during the holiday season. If you want to change up the traditional cranberry sauce and bring the tropics to the table this holiday season make my recipe for Cranberry Mango Sauce!

Katie Original Recipe exclusively developed for Dixie Crystals Sugar.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE >> Mango Cranberry Sauce 

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Enter for a chance to win $340 @Circulon Cookware giveaway #turkeytalkThe other day I shared my recipe for Oven Roasted Sage Turkey with Brown Butter Sage Gravy that I created for Circulon. Today, I have an awesome giveaway for an 11-piece Symmetry Cookware set and a 17-inch by 13-inch Roaster with U-Rack. I love Circulon pots and pans. It is what I cook with on a daily basis. My Circulon Symmetry Cookware set is what I received at our engagement party 7.5 years ago. I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner just about every single day of the year and these pots and pans have been a work horse for me. A few days prior to Circulon contacting me I had mentioned to my husband that I needed to invest in a new cookware set in the next few years. And then I got the email from Circulon and couldn’t respond quick enough to them! I was super excited that they reached out to me. This new set is AMAZING. Even better for me, all of the pots and pans are a little different in shape and size than my current set so I have double the amount of pots and pans. Of course the first thing my husband asked me was what pieces I was planning to donate and I quickly responded “none”. So now we have double the pots and pans and I can never say I don’t have a clean pot or pan!

11-piece Cookware Set, Brown - Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Collection #turkeytalk

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The set includes: 1 Qt. Pouring Saucepan, 2 & 3 Qt. Covered Saucepans, 8 Qt. Covered Stockpot, 8.5″ & 10″ Skillets, & 3 Qt. Covered Saute

17-inch by 13-inch Roaster with U-Rack

17-inch by 13-inch Roaster with U-Rack - The Circulon Nonstick Bakeware 17-Inch by 13-Inch Roaster with U-Rack makes it simple to create healthy, lean and mouthwatering dishes, from a maple-and-cider-brined turkey to a pork loin roast with cranberry chorizo stuffing. With its convenient chrome-plated U-shaped rack, this roaster keeps meats off the bottom of the pan so unwanted fats drip away to the bottom of the roaster. The heavy-duty carbon steel construction promotes balanced heat distribution for superior cooking performance and long-lasting durability while the rolled edges provide extra strength. The roaster also features PFOA-free DuPont™ Autograph™ nonstick for excellent food release and easy cleanup. Oven safe to 450°F, this well-proportioned roaster is a great way to create healthier, more delicious meals. Crafted with elegant contemporary design and ready to deliver even more healthy cooking solutions, the roaster coordinates well with many other items in the Circulon Bakeware collection.

Making tender, moist turkey, beef, chicken and more is easier using the Circulon Nonstick Bakeware 17-Inch by 13-Inch Roaster with U-Rack.

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Enjoy the classic green bean casserole from scratch with fresh ingredients and without any cans and best of all this recipe is gluten free!Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

We love green bean casserole in our house. We only ever have it on holidays because it can be so fattening. It’s a holiday indulgence for sure. I’ve grown up on the canned variety. I will be the first to tell you that I do not knock the canned version. I love the canned version. I have a cousin who has a gluten-allergy and every year I feel bad that she can’t indulge in the same green bean casserole that we are all enjoying. Years ago, she use to be able to enjoy that same canned casserole. But over the years she has developed a pretty severe gluten allergy. So I made a note to myself that this year I would be making a from-scratch gluten free green bean casserole. 

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Oh my gosh you guys, did I hit this one out of the park. Even my husband who has been a converted canned casserole guy was in love with this casserole. He felt that I hit this one perfectly and so I will be making our canned casserole and this gluten free green bean casserole for my cousin. But to be honest, my husband and I might be enjoying this homemade version right alongside with her. I subbed out the tasty friend onions (loaded with gluten) for crispy pan fried shallots. Just a little butter and shallots–I let them crisp up and the sub works perfect. Freshly chopped white mushrooms are added to the fresh haricot vert and they steam/boil together. Take the green beans off the stove top and stir in the heavy cream/cornstarch mixture and you’ve got a creamy-decadent homemade from-scratch gluten free green bean casserole.
Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

On a side note, I’ve recently been taking note of all the meals I make from scratch… 100% with no cans or boxed foods. Even though this is a little on the rich side with the heavy cream it’s from scratch and I feel better about eating it. I know kind of silly, but I do. I don’t write about my weight-loss journey on here at all (and funny that I put weight-loss and green bean casserole together in the same post), but I’ve continued to eat the same way just up my exercise. And be a little more conscious of what I’m eating. Smaller portions of the same decadent food. That’s where I’m going with this. Don’t feel guilty about indulging this holiday season, just have a smaller portion (and take a family walk after the big meal vs taking a nap). Trust me, your waistline will probably thank me for that advice.

Katie Original Recipe

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 shallots thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lb. Haricot Vert
  • 1/2 cup white mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

Directions

  1. In a saute pan, add 2 tablespoons butter and heat on high. Then add in the shallots. Reduce to medium heat with lid on and cook for 10 minutes, mixing often so that the shallots don't burn. Half way through cooking add the water and mix well. Cook until golden brown and mostly crispy. Remove the crispy shallots from the pan and set to the side.
  2. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the sauté pan, melt, and add the haricot vert and diced mushrooms in the pan with 1/2 cup water. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on high for 8 minutes until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. In a measuring cup (or bowl) mix together the heavy cream and corn starch.
  3. Pour the heavy cream/corn starch mixture into the pan. Turn the heat off and stir. Cover and let sit for 2 additional minutes.
  4. Place the green bean casserole in a serving dish, and top with crispy shallots. Enjoy.

Notes

-if the sauce seems to thick feel free to add additional water to thin it out. -if you like the green beans cooked more cook additional time and add in the heavy cream at the end of the cooking time. *do not cook the heavy cream--it will curdle. You must remove the pan from the stove top and mix to avoid curdling.

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Oven Roasted Sage Turkey with Brown Butter Sage Gravy recipe created for @Circulon #TurkeyTalk

Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away and if you haven’t finalized your menu yet–you better get started. I had the opportunity to develop a turkey recipe for Circulon recently.  I’ve been cooking with Circulon pots and pans for years now (well 7 years to be exact). I received a set plus additional pots and pans at our engagement party from family and friends. So when they contacted me to work with them on a turkey recipe it was a match made in heaven! Roasting turkey’s is relatively new to me. I’ve probably cooked less than dozen–I’ll be the first one to admit that. However, I know that it’s key to brine the turkey first.

Oven Roasted Sage Turkey with Brown Butter Sage Gravy

Then it’s time to dress it up. In my case I made a sage rub with unsalted butter. Slathered the rub underneath the skin of the bird and on top. A good hour into the cooking process I like to baste it with a little bit of the leftover rub to help the turkey achieve the golden brown color! Then I add in a few fresh sage leaves to the pan drippings. It crisps up the sage leaves and even better gives additional flavor to the pan drippings. You’ll want to save those pan drippings.

Oven Roasted Sage Turkey with Brown Butter Sage Gravy

Once you remove the turkey from the oven, remove it from the gorgeous Circulon Roaster with U-Rack and set it to the side. Fire up the stove top and begin to melt the butter until it begins to foam… then its time to use the reserved pan drippings to create the most rich and decadent brown butter sage gravy. Yes… brown butter gravy. You know, let’s cook fat with fat and add in lots of delicious seasonings to achieve one amazing gravy. You guys, I seriously wanted to drink this gravy. I mean the turkey is flavorful and oh-so-moist. But the gravy… I’m a sucker for a good gravy and boy-oh-boy did I achieve an amazing gravy. Even better both turkey and gravy are gluten free! So if you or a guest has a gluten allergy you won’t have to worry about cooking an extra turkey sans the gluten!

Oven Roasted Sage Turkey with Brown Butter Sage Gravy  #TurkeyTalk

I can’t wait to make my recipe for Oven Roasted Sage Turkey with Brown Butter Sage Gravy for my family on Thanksgiving day. If you want the recipe I invite you to visit Circulon for the full recipe.

Head on over to Circulon to get the full recipe! 

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the side dish solution holiday style ebook by Christine Pittman

You guys, I’m so excited to share that my friend Christine, from Cook the Story has self-published her very first cookbook!  Christine and I met years ago at the first Food Blog Forum here in Orlando and have remained friends since. When she told me earlier this summer she was working on a cookbook I was so excited for her. I know it’s been her dream for a while. And she is the queen of side dishes! Her cookbook launched yesterday and I wanted to share the goodness of her book with my readers, too!

Have you ever been stumped when it comes to what side dishes you are going to serve for dinner? Even more so when it’s a holiday dinner? My friend, Christine, takes all the worry out of your menu planning and helps resolve your side dish dilemma.  Even as a food blogger I still have challenges deciding on what side dishes I want to pair with a meal. The side dishes are what really make up a great meal. Heck, when I go to a restaurant and can’t find a main dish I really want I order a bunch of side dishes.

the side dish solution holiday style ebook

The Side Dish Solution: Holiday Style is organized into menus. Christine has made it super easy for entertaining. It has everything you need to create five memorable holiday meals.
The cookbook includes:

  • A Thanksgiving Menu with lightened up side dishes so that you can eat dinner guilt-free and then load up on decadent desserts!
  • A Christmas Dinner with new innovative holiday sides that everyone will enjoy.
  • Three more festive holiday menus full of delicious side dishes that everyone will be raving about for years to come (and of course will request the recipes for).

Each menu also comes with entree and dessert suggestions.

Here are a few reviews from a few of my blog friends from around the internet. Everyone is loving Christine’s new book; The Side Dish Solution: Holiday Style.

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You get 3 downloads of the pdf and 3 downloads of the epub so you can put it on multiple devices or give it to friends and family.

Plus, if you get the ebook right now, you’ll also receive the 5 grocery lists in a separate pdf document so that you can print them easily whenever you need them. So convenient!

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Payment instructions: Payment is done securely through Paypal. Here’s what happens. When you click to buy, you will be taken to Paypal. You can sign in or proceed as a guest. Then you click on the button with Cook the Story on it which takes you to your unique link where your ebook downloads are available. Shortly thereafter, you’ll be sent an email with the link so that you can go back if you want to download the book again.

Download instructions: It’s super-easy. For the pdf files, just save them to your computer and then open them anytime in a pdf viewer like Adobe Acrobat. For the epub on ibooks, open up your web browser on your device. Go to the link that was emailed to you. Click on the epub file. It will ask you where you want to open the file. Open it in ibooks. It will then show up in your library.
Disclaimer: I received a copy for review purposes. There are affiliate links in this post. If you purchase from one of the links I will receive a portion of the sale. As always all opinions are my own. 

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Brine your next turkey with this easy recipe for Buttermilk Sage Turkey Brine. It only takes 5 minutes to make and needs at least 12 hours to rest refrigerated!  

Buttermilk Sage Turkey Brine

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and today I’m sharing with you my recipe for Buttermilk Sage Turkey Brine. Last year, was the first year I’ve ever brined a turkey. Of course I’ve only hosted Thanksgiving 3 times now which means I’ve only ever cooked 3 complete Thanksgiving dinners. I took a gamble last year and steered away from my mom’s traditional turkey recipe. She wasn’t really happy with my decision and insisted that I only brine one of the two turkey breast in case my brine failed us miserably. Let me tell you that brining a turkey can be a little tricky in a brining bag and especially so when your 6 months pregnant like I was last Thanksgiving. If you choose to brine in a brining bag, I highly suggest you have an extra set of hands in the kitchen to help. I did and I was so thankful for the help.

Buttermilk Sage Turkey Brine

After my turkey brined and baked side-by-side to my mom’s traditional salt/pepper/butter turkey it was time for a turkey taste-test. The family lined up and tried a piece of each and everyone (minus my mom) agreed that the brined turkey was much more flavorful and juicy. I had heard all of my friends raving about brining a turkey and I’m glad I’ve joined the brining band-wagon. After brining last year I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the “traditional” way again. So you might be wondering what makes a brine so special? According to Fine Cooking, leaner meat like a turkey, when overcooked by just a few minutes can tend to dry out rather quickly. When you brine the meat it can reduce the moisture loss by as little as 15%. So in a nut shell the brine helps protect your turkey in the event that it is over cooked–keeping the coveted prized bird nice and juicy.

Buttermilk Sage Turkey BrineA few things to note here about my recipe for Buttermilk Sage Turkey Brine:

  • This recipe was created for a 6.5 lb turkey breast. If using for a larger turkey double, triple, quadruple recipe as needed.
  • If you do not have a pot large enough to brine the turkey you can use a brining bag. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, place turkey in brining bag and then pour the brine over the turkey. Place a large bowl/ cupped plate and/or pot underneath brining bag in case of leaks.

So if you’ve never brined a turkey before. I challenge you to try it this year. I promise you this recipe will not fail you and will result in a plump and juicy turkey on Thanksgiving day!

Katie Original Recipe

Buttermilk Sage Turkey Brine

Prep Time: 12 hours, 5 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 1 brine recipe for 6.5lb turkey breast

Buttermilk Sage Turkey Brine

Make this easy buttermilk sage turkey brine recipe for a juicy and flavorful turkey!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorn
  • 20 sage leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 10 cups warm water
  • 1 quart buttermilk

Directions

  1. Place kosher salt, whole peppercorns, fresh sage leaves and garlic cloves in a large stock pot (large enough to cover your turkey breast with a lid on). Then pour in warm water. Whisk water until salt has dissolved (about 2 minutes). Pour the buttermilk into the pot. Whisk again then place the turkey inside the pot. Turn the turkey breast so that only a small piece is exposed. Place lid on pot and refrigerate for at least 12 hours no more than 24 hours.
  2. After turkey breast has sat in brine for at least 12 hours. Rinse turkey breast off thoroughly and pat dry before baking.

Notes

This recipe was created for a 6.5 lb turkey breast. If using for a larger turkey double recipe as needed.

*If you do not have a pot large enough to brine turkey you can use a brining bag. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, place turkey in brining bag and then pour the brine over the turkey. Place a large bowl/ cupped plate and/or pot underneath brining bag in case of leaks.

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Concord Foods. As always all opinions are my own.

What do you do when you love banana bread, raisins, and granola? You make Raisin Banana Bread Granola of course!

Raisin Banana Bread Granola

My friends at Concord Foods challenged me to create a recipe using Sun-Maid Raisins and Chiquita Banana Bread Mix. I went to the drawing board and started writing down a few recipe ideas. My first recipe idea, banana bread marshmallow squares, in my head worked beautifully but once in the kitchen it failed miserably. Then I thought about making granola bars but then I realized:

1. I was out of granola in my house

2. I haven’t made a new granola recipe since earlier this year.

So I figured the idea of combining a banana bread mix with raisins and turning it into a delicious breakfast treat would be a fitting idea. After a few test runs in my kitchen I have finally perfected my recipe for Raisin Banana Bread Granola.

Raisin Banana Bread Granola

You want to bake your granola in the oven for 30 minutes stirring once–but if you like not-so-clumpy granola then you can stir every 5-10 minutes. I like my granola extra clumpy so I only stirred it once while it was baking in the oven. I’ve always been one to soak my raisins in liquid before adding them to baked goods. It helps plump them up and keep them juicy instead of shriveling to a sad death. I added the raisins in the oil/agave/banana mixture so that it could soak up all the flavors and of course plump up. That way when cooking they weren’t shriveling away!

Raisin Banana Bread Granola

Looking for more delicious recipes featuring Sun-Maid Raisins and Concord Foods Chiquita Banana Bread Mix!? Head over to Sweeter Together where you’ll find other recipes ideas plus you can download a free recipe ebook. Be sure to follow Concord Foods on Facebook and Pinterest and Sun-Maid Raisins on Facebook and Twitter.

Raisin Banana Bread Granola

Katie Original Recipe

Raisin Banana Bread Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6 cups

Raisin Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup Banana Bread Mix
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large pot, place the coconut oil and agave syrup in the pot. Heat to high for one minute (do not let it boil) reduce down to low once the coconut oil has liquified. Add the vanilla extract and bananas. Mash bananas in the pot until no longer whole. Add in the cup of raisins and cinnamon let it cook on low for 5 minutes. Mix well and take of the heat.
  3. In a large bowl combine the quick cooking oats, banana bread mix, walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds, brown sugar, and flax seed meal. Pour the oil/agave mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix well until all the dry ingredients are wet.
  4. Line an extra large baking sheet with parchment paper, pour the granola on top of the parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, then mix, then bake for an additional 15 minutes, and if your granola still seems a little soft/wet bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven let the granola cool and store in an air-tight container for up to one week.
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