Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving Update

Thanksgiving was great again this year! (As always!) However, three of my cousins had to work, and we desperately missed having them around. Oh, and there was that seriously embarrassing loss by my alma mater/future employer's football team. We won't go there....

The food was great though!

Just to add an update, here are two non-traditional takes on two very traditional treats. They were a huge hit with my family, and gave us a little different taste for the season.

Tamale Dressing


2 cups bread crumbs
2 cups corn bread crumbs
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 chopped bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 can mild green chilies
4 eggs -- slightly beaten
2-3 cans of chicken broth
8-10 tamales -- chopped
salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. When pouring chicken broth, use enough to make mixture a little soupy. Pour into a greased 9x12 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1.5 hours. Dressing may be prepared ahead of time, except for baking, and frozen until time to bake.

TIP: I used 5 pork and 5 beef tamales to mix it up a bit.

Cranberry Salsa


1 jalapeno
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 to 1 bunch green onions
Juice of one lime


Combine all ingredients in food processor and puree. With the jalapeno, remove seeds based on the temperature you want. (We removed all seeds.) Also, put the cilantro in first so it is weighed down by the cranberries. This goes really well on top of the tamale dressing, or just with chips!!!


crackers and cheese said...

That cranberry salsa sounds awesome! Could you use canned cranberry sauce instead of fresh cranberries? Of course, fresh is probably much tastier, I'm just not sure if most grocery stores sell them or not.

Sher said...

Canned cranberry sauce or canned cranberries will not produce the same texture or affect. I don't think that would work. Frozen probably would, but you would need to thaw them out. You usually can find a bag of fresh cranberries in the produce section though. I think they are pretty common. I mean...we found them at Kroger in Mississippi....Ha!