Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Feast with Fig Glazed Turkey and Stuffing

Our Christmas smorgasbord entrees features free range turkey and grass fed beef from Working H Farm ,though me favorite part of this meal is the stuffing.  Our 2015 Christmas Dinner for the Gays and the Hunts includes:

Fig Glazed Turkey
Cornbread Stuffing
Multi-Grain Rolls
Whipped Potatoes
Turkey Gravy
Mozzarella, Tomato Basil Salad
Warm Cranberry Wassail
Michelle's Pies:  Pumpkin and Dutch Apple

Fig-Glazed Turkey & Cornbread Stuffing

(Serves 15)

Pour warm water over figs, syrup and lemon juice in a large bowl.  Set aside for 30 minutes.  Drain liquid into a separate bowl.
1 1/2 cups figs, chopped
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
2 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups warm water

Saute rosemary and onion in olive oil for 4 minutes.
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 large onion, diced
2 tablespoon olive oil

Add crumbled sausage and saute for 10 minutes.
4 ounce Italian sausage (I used turkey sausage)

Scrape the sausage mixture into the bowl with the figs.  Mix with cornbread.
5 cups cornbread, crumbled (I posted my cornbread recipe yesterday)  

Beat eggs with milk and stock.
2 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup turkey stock
Mix into cornbread-sausage-fig stuffing.  Place in oven-proof casserole greased with an olive oil spray.  Refrigerate until ready to bake.  Bake at 325 F. for 1 hour.  Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Fig Glaze
Reserved fig liquid
Bring reserved fig liquid to a simmer.  Simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

Add balsamic vinegar.  Cook until syrupy, about 8 minutes.
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Baste over turkey every 30 minutes.

Original recipe from Food Network Magazine .

The Wassail Recipe is from Ocean Spray.


Warm Cranberry Wassail

(Serves 12)

Combine all ingredients, except garnishes, in a large saucepan.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.  Garnish with orange slices and cloves.  Serve warm.
1 64 ounce bottle Cranberry Juice Cocktail
2 1/2 cups apple juice
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Orange slices, garnish
Whole cloves, garnish

Our daughter-in-law Michelle makes the pies.  

We love having our immediate and extended family join us. 


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