Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Carter Family Thanksgiving Recipes

Since this is November and cooking is such a huge part of my life, I have decided to post family recipes this week. Now I grew up in a real "Country" eating family. Not just a "Southern" eating family. (For those who are not from the south, there is a difference.) But I married a man from Long Island New York whose parents were Irish-Scottish & Russian-Ukrainian. So the foods we grew up on are not at all the same. After we were married, most every holiday was at his parent's home and I was introduced to a lot of new foods. But Thanksgiving was most always a twist on Southern cooking, except the stuffing, (which they refer to as "dressing", but that's a whole other story). I grew up eating good old Southern Cornbread stuffing NOT bread dressing! I was really disappointed the first time I was to eat Thanksgiving with them, but fortunately I was pleasantly surprised.
So later in years Honey's sister & I took over the holiday meals & I took over Thanksgiving. No problem, except that I was expected to cook all of his mom's recipes- talk about intimidating!!! I barely cooked back then. So now I am a pro at it and would like to share some of the Carter Family Thanksgiving Recipes. I hope you enjoy them.

Carter Family "Dressing"
10 Servings

2 large loaves of bread left out overnight to stale
1 lb of sage sausage
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 celery stalks, chopped fine
1 small jar of Mott's applesauce
1 large egg, beaten
1 can of Swanson Chicken broth
1/2 cup of milk
1 large handful of parsley, chopped
rubbed sage to taste
salt & pepper to taste

Crumble the bread in a large pot or bowl.
Brown the sausage, add the onion and celery cooking until tender.
Drain and pour into the crumbled bread.
Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well.
Loosely stuff (hence the term stuffing), into the neck and cavity of the turkey.
Bake with the turkey and remove as soon as the turkey is cooled OR
Place in a well buttered casserole dish and cover with foil, bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees then remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes.


Tea Time With Melody said...

Teresa, Since my last name is Carter too can I steal your recipes as my own??? lol I mean we are practically family after all....

Teresa of Southern Touch Catering said...

Of course, You may have my recipes and call them your own! After all a Carter is a Carter (minus Jimmy that is) Ha!!

Joyce said...

Hi Teresa!
So good to hear from you.....your site is really nice. I sure wish I could cook like you...or even liked to cook. HA!
I do cook actually....(when I am forced to HA!:~) in fact today I made a HUGE "Cajun" pork roast with rice and gravy and FRESH green beans and potatoes. was good.

I will have to get out my online map that I keep for just such occasions and see just where you are. HA!
People tell me where their towns and cities are and I must look and see.

Atlanta is BIG.....I've only drove through it once and I think that's enough. HA! But I've flown through there too....and that's enough.

Well.....we will chat more later.
I may need a day.
I've cooked enough for a few days now. HA!
Be blessed,