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Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Turkey With Sausage-Apple Stuffing
Sausage-Apple Stuffing

(Family Features) - From the cranberry relish to the pumpkin pie, each dish on your holiday table deserves special treatment. Whether your holiday recipes have been passed down through the generations, clipped from magazines or newspapers, or downloaded from the Internet, the flavors need to shine.

This holiday, wake up the flavor in all of your recipes with a "secret ingredient" chefs have been using for years. And it's easy. A little sprinkle of Ac´cent enhances the natural flavors in your food and makes a big impact. Try blending sweet potatoes with rich molasses and crunchy pecans, then sprinkling on Ac´cent. To complement the holiday bird, offer a stuffing made with apples, raisins, sausage and Ac´cent and marvel at how wonderful such a simple combination can taste. Brine the turkey in a mixture of Ac´cent, brown sugar and spices, hours before you plan to roast it. Your bird will be more moist and flavorful than any you've ever tasted.

Use Ac´cent on virtually all savory foods you cook - meats, poultry, sauces, fish, vegetables, soups, potatoes and rice. Also, Ac´cent has 60% less sodium than salt and is a terrific salt alternative for people watching their sodium intake. This season share the blessings and bounty of delicious traditional holiday favorites by putting the accent on flavor.

For more information and other great holiday recipes, visit www.accentspices.com.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup Grandma's Molasses
  • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ac'cent Flavor Enhancer
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preparation
    1. Boil sweet potatoes whole, in water to cover, until tender. Remove skins and mash with molasses, butter and Ac'cent. Spoon into serving bowl; sprinkle with pecans and drizzle with additional molasses, if desired.

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
25 to 30 minutes

Serves
Serves 4

Roasted Turkey With Sausage-Apple Stuffing

Ingredients
  • 1 (14- to 16-pound) frozen young turkey
Brine
  • 1 cup Ac'cent Flavor Enhancer
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 tablespoon candied ginger
  • 1 gallon iced water
  • Preparation
      1. Combine all brine ingredients, except iced water, in stockpot, and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve solids; then remove from heat, cool to room temperature and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
      2. Early on day of cooking, (or late the night before) combine brine and iced water in clean 5-gallon bucket. Place thawed turkey, breast side down, in brine; cover and refrigerate. Turn turkey over once, half way through brining.
      3. Preheat oven to 500°F. Remove turkey from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard brine. Place turkey on roasting rack inside wide, low pan and pat dry with paper towels. Place stuffing (see Sausage-Apple Stuffing recipe) into cavity of turkey. Tuck back wings and coat whole bird liberally with canola (or other neutral) oil and shake on additional Ac'cent as desired.
      4. Roast on lowest level of oven at 500°F 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover breast with double layer of aluminum foil, insert probe thermometer into thickest part of breast and return to oven, reducing temperature to 350°F. Set thermometer alarm (if available) to 161°F. A 14- to 16-pound bird should require 2 to 2 1/2 hours total roasting time. Let turkey rest, loosely covered 15 minutes before carving.

    Cook Time
    2 1/2 hours

    Serves
    Serves 10 to 12

    Sausage-Apple Stuffing

    Ingredients
    • 1/4 pound bulk pork sausage
    • 1/3 cup chopped onion
    • 1/3 cup chopped celery
    • 6 cups dry bread crumbs
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 teaspoon Ac'cent Flavor Enhancer
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter,melted
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1 1/2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples
    • 1/2 cup raisins

    Preparation
      1. In small skillet, brown sausage with onion and celery. Do not drain.
      2. In large bowl, combine bread crumbs, parsley, Ac'cent, poultry seasoning, pepper and margarine; mix well. Stir in water, apples, raisins and sausage mixture including drippings.
      3. Just before roasting turkey, spoon stuffing into turkey; do not pack tightly.

    Preparation Time
    10 minutes

    Cook Time
    45 to 50 minutes

    Serves
    Makes 7 cups

    SOURCE: Ac'cent Flavor Enhancer


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