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Mary J's Favorite Holiday Recipes

Mary J's Favorite Holiday Recipes
Here are a few of my favorite holiday recipes. I would love to hear from our recipe family on what are their favorites they server for Thanksgiving/Christmas.
Mary j

Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Glaze

8 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon Paula Deen House Seasoning
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
1 (15-pound) turkey
Stuffing, if desired

3 tablespoons butter
1 (12-ounce bag) cranberries
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup cranberry juice
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small mixing bowl combine the butter, House Seasoning, parsley, shallots, and garlic. Thoroughly rinse and dry the turkey. Tuck the wings underneath the body and place the turkey in a roasting pan. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey. Stuff, if desired.

Roast for 18 minutes per pound (including stuffing weight, if using). The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (and deep into the stuffing) and registers 165 degrees F. and the juices run clear. Remove from the oven and loosely tent with foil. Let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer until the cranberries burst, about 8 to 10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve and let cool. Reserve for turkey.

Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Source: Paula Deen
Mary J


Crock Pot Dressing Recipe

1 c. margarine or butter
2 c. chopped onion
2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. parsley
2 (8-oz.) cans mushrooms
12 - 13 c. dry bread cubes
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. sage
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. marjoram
3-1/2 to 4-1/2 c. chicken broth
2 well beaten eggs

Melt margarine or butter in skillet, saute onion, celery, parsley & mushrooms. Pour over bread cubes in large mixing bowl. Add seasonings and toss together. Pour in broth to moisten. Mix in beaten eggs. Pack lightly in crock pot. Cook on high for 45 minutes then reduce to low for 4 - 8 hours.
Mary J


Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

3 c. Sweet potatoes
1/2 c. sugar
2 lg. eggs, beaten
1/2 stick butter
1/2 c. milk
1-1/2 ts. vanilla extract

1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. chopped pecans
2/3 stick butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together potatoes, 1/2 c. sugar, eggs, 1/2 stick butter, milk and vanilla together and put into a lightly greased baking dish. Top with brown sugar and pecan topping and bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Topping: Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Add sugar and flour. Cook until melted. This will be thick. Add pecans. Drop and spread on sweet potato mixture.
Mary J


Ambrosia Salad Recipe

1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/4 c. sugar
1 sm. can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 apple, diced
1 tangerine with each section peeled
1/2 c. seedless grapes
1/2 c. maraschino cherries
1/2 c. shredded coconut

Mix cream, sugar, pineapple, apple, tangerine, grapes, cherries and coconut together. Chill until ready to serve.
Mary J


Cranberry Relish Recipe

1 lb firm apples
1 lb fresh cranberries
2 cups sugar
2 navel oranges

Pit the applies and place half of apples and half of cranberries in food processor and chop. Add sugar and whole navel oranges and chop again.
Mary J


Bing Cherry Salad Recipe

2 (14 ounce) cans pitted dark cherries
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 sm. pkg. strawberry gelatin
1 sm.. pkg. cherry gelatin
10 oz. coca cola
1 c. finely chopped pecans
1- 3 oz. cream cheese, cut in small cubes

Drain cherries and pineapple reserving liquid. Combine the juices with enough water to make 2 3/4 c. and bring to a boil. Pour boiling liquid over gelatins and stir until completely dissolved. Add coca cola. Cool mixture and then fold in cherries, pineapple, nuts and cheese cubes. Chill until set.
Serves 12 or more.
Mary J


Holiday Salad Recipe (Pink Stuff)

1 can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
1 can (15-20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 to 3/4 c. pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 can cherry pie filling
1 (8 ounce) carton Cool Whip whipped topping

Mix pie filling, pineapple and topping. Add nuts. Add can of sweetened condensed milk last. Mix. Make the day before and refrigerate, or freeze. Serves 8-10.
Mary J


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