Articles Tagged: boozy thanksgiving dishes

Bourbon Brined Turkey Breast with Gravy

Ingredients:

    1 whole turkey breast, 6-8 lbs. Brined in Bourbon Brine 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon ¼ cup cider vinegar ½ cup apple juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced ½ lb slab bacon, cut into ¼-inch thick pieces 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into ½-inch thick pieces 1 head fennel, cut into ¼-inch thick slices vertically 1 large red onion,
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Bourbon Brine

This brine is meant for a turkey breast, but you can also use it for chicken and pork.

Ingredients:
 
½ cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sugar
6 cups water
1 piece cinnamon stick
10 pieces allspice berries
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
5 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 sprig thyme
1 whole turkey breast, 6-8 lbs

Instructions:

1. Combine everything except the turkey breast in a large pot. Bring … Read more

How to Use Booze in Thanksgiving Dinner

Let liquor add a little oomph to some classic Thanksgiving foods

Bourbon Gravy

Making gravy is surprisingly easy. If you’re already making a Thanksgiving turkey, with about 15 minutes extra work you can also have homemade gravy. And like most foods, gravy is even better when you add booze.

Ingredients
    4 cups turkey or chicken stock 3 tbs butter (unsalted) 1/3 cup flour Pan drippings from turkey (pour fat off first) ½ cup bourbon salt and pepper to taste
  Instructions

Cook butter in a large saucepan on medium … Read more

Liquored-Up Alternatives To Pumpkin Pie

Make that plain old pumpkin dessert extra-boozy this Thanksgiving

Drunken Cranberry Sauce

Some people are really attached to having can-shaped cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. This year, you can save the canned stuff for the kids’ table. Why not add a little creativity—and booze—to your turkey dinner?

This sauce keeps for several weeks, so it’s an easy thing to make ahead of time. Hit the sauce!

Ingredients:

12 oz fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vodka
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
1 tbsp orange juice
Orange twist, garnish… Read more

Holiday Poached Pears with Bourbon

Poached pears are a simple yet elegant dessert to serve at the holidays. This recipe has the colors and flavors of fall, making it perfect for Thanksgiving.

Ingredients
    4 fresh pears (I used Bosc) 1 cup bourbon ¼ cup cranberries ¼ cup honey 1 cup water 1 tbsp vanilla 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
Instructions

Core and peel the pears, leaving the stems on. Combine all other ingredients in a pot and mix, then place pears … Read more

Leftover Turkey Vodka Marinara

I had so much turkey left over after Thanksgiving that I froze a great deal of it for use in future recipes.

Of all my leftover turkey cooking adventures, this simple recipe is my favorite one so far.

If you managed to escape Thanksgiving and Christmas without mountains of leftover turkey, you can use chicken or vegetables instead.

This is one of those sauces that actually tastes much better after sitting in the fridge overnight.… Read more

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet

Chef Jamie Oliver created this refreshing granita as an easy, light and elegant dessert. Yummy!

Ingredients

1 & 3/4 pints fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, strained

    14 oz superfine sugar 7 oz Campari Juice of 2 lemons Juice of 2 oranges

Instructions

Whisk together the grapefruit juice and sugar. Add the Campari, lemon and orange juices. Freeze in an ice cream maker, or in a metal container for a granita texture.

Photo & recipe courtesy Campari.… Read more

Boozy Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving

Looking around for Thanksgiving dessert inspiration, I found some mouth-watering pumpkin desserts that incorporate a wee bit of booze.

    Pumpkin pie with brandy Bourbon pumpkin cheesecake Pumpkin cake with whiskey whipped cream Pumpkin rum cake with brown sugar icing Pumpkin mousse parfaits (pictured)

Photo by azcentral.com.… Read more