Articles Tagged: Thanksgiving Food

Bourbon Brined Turkey Breast with Gravy

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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, … Read more

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Turkey Gravy

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A little more involved than our basic bourbon gravy, but worth the effort

Ingredients:

    6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2 pieces turkey wings, chopped into 2-inch pieces
    1 onion, minced
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1 bay leaf
    1 sprig thyme
    1 sprig sage
    ¼ cup flour
    ¼ cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon
    ½ cup red wine
    3 cups chicken or turkey stock
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    Splash red wine vinegar, to taste
    Salt and pepper, to taste
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Drunken Cranberry Sauce

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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

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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