Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What's Cooking? Wednesday

Welcome to the sixth weekly edition of ...
Thoughts are at Christmas, this time of year. Most of my thoughts center around purchasing and wrapping gifts, but I am also starting to think about Christmas Dinner. If you are a Christmas Turkey kind of family, you will enjoy this recipe - Turkey Brine. It originated from Emeril Lagasse's television show. We changed his recipe because it called for beer. Here is our recipe....
Turkey Brine

3/4 gallon of water
2 cups apple juice (replaces the beer)
1 1/2 cup orange juice, the stronger the better
1 cup kosher salt (use kosher salt because the granules are bigger)
1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped fresh ginger (I just guess when I buy the ginger so I add it all)
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
4 fresh bay leaves
4 sprigs fresh thyme (dry works fine, too)

Combine all the ingredients in a container. We use a well scrubbed cooler. Stir to combine completely and to dissolve the sugar and salt. Put in your bird and let it soak for 12 to 24 hours. In some places you can just put it out in the garage because it is cold enough to keep the turkey. In warmed climates you may need to find room in the refrigerator.

What are you cooking this week? (Please be sure to check the comments section as well as the links.)

1 comment:

  1. This is from my good friend, Allison. It looks quick, easy and cheap! And yummy!!

    Cheeseburger Rice
    1 pound ground beef
    1 3/4 C. water
    2/3 C. catsup
    1 tablespoon mustard
    2C. minute White rice uncooked
    1C. shredded cheddar cheese

    Brown meat, drain, add water, ketchup and mustard bring to boil stir in rice sprinkle with cheese cover cook on low heat 5 minutes.