If you find yourself worrying about planning your holiday menu, then take advantage of Country Living’s help. The magazine recently posted 24 complete holiday menus on its website, letting you mix and match or stick to your chosen one to find sides, main dishes, appetizers, desserts, and more. Even though Thanksgiving has passed, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of these holiday favorites. Here are some of the highlights from the various menus.
Fried Turkey from “A Rustic Menu”
Instead of the traditional roast turkey, consider a fried version. Best of all, making the fried turkey is incredibly simple. Mix together some garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, Kosher salt, cayenne pepper, fresh ground pepper, and onion powder. Take the neck and giblets off the turkey, draining the bird and patting it dry. Loosen the skin slightly then spread the seasoning underneath it. Secure the skin with wooden picks or just put it back. Put any extra seasoning on top and inside the cavity. Keep your turkey at room temperature while heating up the oil and then deep fry it. This should take about 35 to 45 minutes.
Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes from “A Laid Back Feast”
For those who are concerned about running out of pots and pans to cook everything for the meal, the slow-cooker mashed potatoes are an excellent choice. Cook potatoes with salt and chicken stock in the slow cooker. Drain it all then put the potatoes back in the slow cooker. You can then add the sour cream and mash the potatoes until you reach the consistency you prefer. Add in some chives, warm milk, salt, and pepper, and you are done.
Buttermilk Biscuits from “Southern Flavor”
Give your guests another side to love with buttermilk biscuits. Mix together butter, flour, and cream cheese, and then add buttermilk. Sprinkle flour on the dough and turn it out on a floured surface. Roll out your dough and then cut the biscuits using a floured biscuit cutter. Don’t forget to brush the biscuit tops with some melted butter before baking.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cookie Crust from “A Laid Back Feast”
Cheesecake may be a bit more involved than some other desserts, but this recipe is guaranteed to be worth it. To make the pumpkin cheesecake, start by pulsing pecans and pecan sandie cookies in a food processor before adding salt, granulated sugar, and butter. Bake this to make your cookie crust. Beat together light brown sugar, sour cream, and cream cheese before adding the eggs, then the pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, and a bit of salt. Pour this on your crust and bake again. Turn off the oven, let it stand in then out of the oven before chilling in the fridge. Before serving, top it with pecans, cookies, and whipped cream.
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