Thanksgiving Menu 1

This is a slight twist on a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. It has all the elements, turkey, sweet potatoes,stuffing all the trimmings.

The menu:
Sage Butter Roasted Turkey Recipe follows
Praline Sweet Potatoes recipe follows
Country Stuffing recipe follows
Brusse Sprouts with Almonds
Mash Potatoes
Rolls
Pumpkin Pie

Sage Butter Roast Turkey:
1 20 pound turkey
6 whole sage leaves
1 stick unsalted butter softened
1/2 stick melted butter
salt and pepper
Preheat the turkey to 450 degrees. Wash and dry turkey. Chop sage leaves rouhgly. Add sage to softened butter. Mix gently. Set aside. Gently pull the skin loose on the turkey back. Using your hands stuff the butter/sage mixture betweem the skin and meat of the turkey. Lay the skin back in place. If you are afraid it is going to pill back place a couple of tooth picks to hold it into place. Brush the skin with some of the melted butter. Season with alittle salt and pepper. Place into the 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes reduce the heat to 325 degrees continue cooking till done. BAsting every 30 minutes with the melted butter.
When cooked throughly remove from the oven and let rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.

Praline Sweet Potatoes:
1 large can. sweet potatoes, drained
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutneg
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs

TOPPING:

1/4 cup melted butter
3 tbsp. flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Mash potatoes, add other ingredients, place in a greased casserole. Combine topping ingredients sprinkle over potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Country Bread Stuffing
6 cups bread cubes
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped celery
pinch saffron
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 medium onion, chopped fine (optional)
4 tblespn unsalted butter
Put bread cubes in a large bowl. Add beaten eggs, celery, saffron, milk, salt, pepper, and onion. Toss lightly as for a salad. Do not press the filling or it may become heavy. Spoon into a generously buttered 2-quart baking dish and dot with the butter. Bake in a preheated 350° F. oven for 30-40 minutes. When done, the tops of the cubes should be golden brown. Cover with foil to keep very hot until serve.