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The key to flavorful gravy is a good turkey stock

  • 3 pounds turkey wings, each cut into 2 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 large celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 10 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 5 parsley sprigs
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
4.4/5 (13 Votes)

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These lamb meatballs are infused with spicy pasilla chiles and smokey cumin, then topped with fresh cucumbers and a...

  • CHILE SAUCE:
  • 3 pasilla chiles, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • MEATBALLS:
  • 1/4 small onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, 7 cloves finely chopped, 1 clove finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.25-pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • GARNISH:
  • 1/2 English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • crushed red pepper flakes
4.5/5 (2 Votes)

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This eggnog recipe serves a crowd, and taste creamy and rich enough that your guests are going to demand seconds, a...

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon rum extract, optional
4.4/5 (10 Votes)

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Chicken Liver Pâté & Blackberry Crostini is an excellent way to start any dinner party or celebratory gathering w...

  • PATE:
  • 1 pound chicken livers, about 2 cups
  • 2 to 3 cups whole milk
  • extra virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon (or more) ground allspice
  • 8 1/4 -thick slices country-style rye bread
  • 1 bunch radishes (about 6 ounces), trimmed, very thinly sliced
  • BLACKBERRY SALAD:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
4.5/5 (2 Votes)

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This holiday milk punch slushy recipe is the new, modern approach to eggnog

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • grated nutmeg, to taste, optional
4.3/5 (15 Votes)

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Eggs Benedict Casserole is a scrumptious make-ahead breakfast casserole that bakes in under 45 minutes and serves a...

  • 3/4 pounds Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 6 english muffins, split and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
4.4/5 (7 Votes)

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Have these mini meatball heroes for lunch everyday this week! These cute, mini meatball subs are easy to make, easy...

  • MEATBALLS:
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 6-ounces ground beef
  • 6-ounces ground veal
  • 6-ounces ground pork
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Marinara sauce, recipe follows or 26-ounce jar, store-purchased
  • SANDWICHES:
  • 12 (3 to 3 1/2-inch diameter) Italian rolls, split, warm
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 3 ounces sliced provolone
  • MARINARA SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 dried bay leaves
4.3/5 (16 Votes)

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You can bake and freeze the pastry for these little puffs in advance, but wait to add the cheesy, creamy herb filli...

  • PASTRY:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut up
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese with chive and onion
  • 3 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, snipped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill or basil, snipped
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4.2/5 (25 Votes)

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Mashed potatoes are made ahead of time and then baked in a slow cooker to melt the flavors

  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup chives, chopped
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, to top potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
4.3/5 (18 Votes)

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These golden, flaky rolls make an impressive party appetizer or serve with a side salad for a filling lunch

  • 3/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 of 1 (1-pound) package (14 x 9-inch) frozen phyllo sheets, thawed, about 8-ounces or about 20 sheets
4.4/5 (11 Votes)

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Salted Toffee Rugelach combine the sweet caramel flavors of toffee with a savory, salty bite to create these morsel...

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoon, plus 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • 3/4 cup roasted salted almonds, finely chopped
  • confectioners' sugar, for dusting
4.4/5 (8 Votes)

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Graham Elliot’s Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing is the best tasting and healthiest choice you can make this Than...

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chestnuts, roasted and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
4.4/5 (5 Votes)

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