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This weekend my husband and I hosted Friendsgiving at our house for 14 of our close friends. I figured that now that I am a wife, I should probably figure out how to cook a turkey and host a large dinner party. I love hosting parties, but the turkey part made me nervous.
It was a crazy week at work but I planned well and I managed to get all my shopping and preparing done by Friday. I bought a 15 pounder turkey and used Alton Brown's Roast Turkey recipe. I was a little nervous as this was my first attempt to ever cook anything bigger then a chicken breast or a steak. My husband and I had to look up videos on youtube on how to get the innards out of a turkey, yes a little embarrassing. After brining the turkey for about 16 hours, we roasted it to a perfect golden brown and gobbled it all down. Still learning how to carve a turkey though, hopefully ill do better next year.
We had a huge feast of delicious food that all my friends helped out with.
Dinner was a great success!
(I may have gone a little Pinterest crazy with the place settings)
We took a break to make room for pie. I made this pecan pie and my friends brought an apple pie and a pumpkin pie. I love fresh whipped cream, so I put a pint of heavy whipping cream and 3 tablespoons of sugar into the Kitchen Aid mixer for a few mins until soft peaks formed. Then voula, fresh whipped cream to put on top of your pie! Super easy and much better then the canned stuff.
The pie recipe is from The Pioneer Woman and if you use store bought crust, you can get this pie in the oven in less then 10 minutes. I was a little overwhelmed with all the other cooking I had to do that I skipped making homemade crust this time and used Pillsbury crust. The recipe is perfectly sweet and again, very easy!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
What are some of your family traditions for the holidays? Fried turkey? Turducken?
What kind of pie or desserts do you make?
Pecan Pie - Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Yield - 1 Pie, about 12 small slices
1 Unbaked Pie Crust, homemade or Pillsbury
1 Cup White Sugar
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Corn Syrup
1 Teaspoons Vanilla
1/3 Cup Melted Butter (unsalted)
3 Whole Eggs, beaten
1 Cup (heaping) Chopped Pecans - I think I used about 1.5 Cups of Pecans
- Roll out your pie crust and put into your pie tin/pan.
- Next, mix (you can use a fork or a whisk) the sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl.
- Pour chopped pecans in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.
- Pour syrup mixture over the top. Cover top and crust lightly/gently with foil. Bake pie at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove foil, then continue baking for 20 minutes, being careful not to burn the crust or pecans.
- NOTE: PIE SHOULD NOT BE OVERLY JIGGLY WHEN YOU REMOVE IT FROM THE OVEN. If it shakes a lot, cover with foil and bake for an additional 20 minute or until set. Required baking time seems to vary widely with this recipe. Sometimes it takes 50 minutes; sometimes it takes 75!
- Allow to cool for several hours or overnight. Serve in thin slivers.
- Enjoy with your family and friends!