Monday, November 12, 2012

unilever spreads thanksgiving menu


thanksgiving is coming up and if you are like me, you have traditions and pretty much cook some of the same foods every year for your family. however, every year, i do try to incorporate at least one new recipe as well. each year my family looks forward to the foods they are familiar with and yet excited to see what new recipe i will add. 

one of my family's favorite recipes i have cooked for years now is my homemade macaroni & cheese. it is by far one of the first things to go on the table. super cheesy with a little kick, it has often been known to fill up half of ryan and mackenzie's plates.

thanksgiving is definitely one of those times during the year that i try to cook from scratch, however,  i will admit to serving stuffing from a box and gravy from a jar. yep, i admit it! recently, my mom gave me a recipe for homemade gravy that i had been wanting to try. for some reason, making gravy is one of those things that i have always been nervous to make because it seemed so difficult, but she ensured me that i couldn't mess this up. rather than ruin a perfectly good thanksgiving turkey with a bad batch of gravy,  i decided to whip up some of my homemade mashed potatoes and see what my little family thought of this new gravy recipe. and, while i was at it, i made some of my macaroni & cheese too.

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the results: yum!

how would you like to add a new recipe to your thanksgiving table? check out these two recipes that i am sure you will LOVE!

spicy macaroni & cheese

 you will need:
  • 6 tbs. country crock 
  • 1/2 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 6 tbs. flour
  • 3 cups whole milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs

preheat the oven to 350* and grease a 2 qt. baking dish with 1 tbs. country crock.

in a pot, cook macaroni noodles according to the directions on the box. once the noodles are done, drain and rinse with cold water.

melt the remaining 5 tbs. of country crock in a saucepan on the stove on medium heat. when the country crock has melted, stir in the flour and heat for about 4 minutes stirring constantly. be careful not to let the mixture burn.

next, add the milk and whisk constantly until it is thick and smooth (approx. 5 minutes), then remove from heat.

add salt, pepper, cayenne, and 2 1/2 cups of the cheese. then, add the noodles and stir until everything is mixed together well.

pour the mixture into the baking dish. mix the last 1/2 cup of cheese together with the bread crumbs and spread evenly on top of the macaroni.

place in the oven for 20 minutes or until it is golden brown. let set for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

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basic gravy 

you will need:
  • 1/2 cup country crock
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 qt. beef, chicken or turkey broth, cold
  • salt and pepper

in a saucepan, heat the country crock on medium low heat until melted.

add flour and stir for 5 minutes, making sure the mixture doesn't burn. then, add the garlic and cook for about 1 more minute. 

whisk in a cup of cold broth. add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer on low heat. continue adding broth if you prefer a thinner texture. let simmer on low for 20 minutes. salt and pepper to taste.

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there's no doubt both of these recipes will be on our thanksgiving table this year and probably for many years to come.

what are some of your thanksgiving recipe traditions?

Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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