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Potato Herb Biscuits
Curried Green Beans
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Mashed Potatoes With Garlic, Parsley and Olive Oil

(Family Features) - There's no place like home ... especially when there's a gathering of beloved family members and friends around the table, sharing a bounty of festive comfort food.

Begin the festive meal with an all-time favorite-tender slices of roasted turkey. All eyes will be on the host, hostess or perhaps a young adult in the family as they carve, so this is the time to show off a bit. To make carving a spectacular-yet simple-part of the meal, Cutco Cutlery suggests using a carving fork to hold the meat in place, then carving across the grain with a sharp, recessed-edge carving knife, using long sweeping strokes to ensure impressive, smooth, even slices.

Once everyone has a serving of turkey, begin the passing of delicious side dishes, starting with a comfort food that ranks high on everyone's list-potatoes. Make them extra special for this gathering by creating Mashed Potatoes With Garlic, Parsley and Olive Oil. Use a large serving spoon because everyone will want a generous serving of this combination of Wisconsin potatoes, olive oil, milk, garlic cloves and parsley. Cook some extra potatoes to use for another special treat-Potato Herb Biscuits, lightly cooked in a skillet to a delicious golden brown.

Next, pass a beautiful bowl of Curried Green Beans, another traditional family favorite-dressed up for this festive occasion with chopped peanuts. Your dinner guests will love the flavor and crunch of this easy-to-make vegetable dish.

Everyone looks forward to-and saves room for-dessert! No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie provides a traditional favorite combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Using cream cheese, crunchy peanut butter and chocolate syrup, this delicious pie can be made several days before your celebration and stored in the freezer.

Golden turkey ... creamy mashed potatoes ... warm biscuits ... crunchy vegetables and a scrumptious peanut butter dessert-no one will want this festive home gathering to end. So later, be prepared to have everyone gather around the table again for leftovers-if there are any!

Turkey Carving Tips

After cooking, let the turkey "set" for 15-20 minutes. This allows the meat to firm up, making carving easier. Use a carving fork to hold the meat in place and a sharp carving knife to slice. Always carve the meat across the grain. After the first cut is made, the angle at which the knife is held should never change. Use long, sweeping strokes to ensure smooth, even slices.

Decorate the platter with easy garnishes, such as small fruits and vegetables or a bouquet of herbs.

Carving at the Table
Carving is a traditional honor done at the table by the host, hostess or another family member or friend. The carver may sit or stand-either is correct. It can be especially memorable to occasionally pass the honor on to a son or daughter who has just turned 18, or to a newly-wed at the table. Take photographs to share with the carver and to remember the moment.

Carving in the Kitchen
Sometimes, an already carved platter of turkey is preferred and the meat is prepared in the kitchen. Place meat on a large cutting board and carve quickly to make sure the meat arrives on the table to eat hot with the rest of the food. Arrange slices on an attractive platter, garnished with colorful fruits, vegetables or herbs.

For more tips on cutlery use and care visit www.cutco.com.
For more holiday recipes from the Peanut Advisory Board, visit www.peanutbutterlovers.com.
For more ideas and helpful hints for Wisconsin potatoes, visit www.wisconsinpotatoes.com.

Potato Herb Biscuits

  • 3 medium-sized Wisconsin potatoes (12 ounces), peeled and cut into even-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup plain or whole-wheat flour
  • Milk (small amount), optional
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

    1. In large saucepan, cook potatoes in lightly salted boiling water about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
    2. Place potatoes in bowl and mash with butter. Add salt and pepper to taste; stir in chives and parsley. Beat in flour. Add a little milk to mixture if dry.
    3. Form potato mixture into ball and divide into 8 rounds. Roll out each round on lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Prick surface all over with fork.
    4. Lightly oil heavy-based skillet. Heat skillet; cook potato biscuits a few at a time, 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Makes 8 servings
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Curried Green Beans

  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen green beans
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1/3 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

    1. Cook green beans according to package directions. In the meantime, melt margarine or butter over medium heat. Add peanuts and curry powder and sauté, stirring constantly, until peanuts are coated and warm. Stir peanuts into drained green beans and serve warm.
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Makes 6 servings

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 deep-dish graham cracker or chocolate-flavored crust
  • Frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Peanuts for garnish (optional)

    1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and confectioners' sugar; mix well. Add peanut butter and mix. Slowly add milk; mix well. Fold in whipped topping.
    2. Pour into pie shell and cover. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. Pipe additional whipped topping around the edge of the pie and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Garnish whipped topping with peanuts if desired.

Makes 6-8 servings

Mashed Potatoes With Garlic, Parsley and Olive Oil

  • 2 pounds of Wisconsin potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

    1. Cook Wisconsin potatoes in large saucepan of boiling water about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain potatoes well; return to pan.
    2. Warm olive oil and milk in small saucepan; stir in crushed garlic. Add mixture to potatoes; add salt and pepper to taste and mash well. When potatoes are smooth and well seasoned, stir in chopped parsley; transfer to serving dish.

Makes 4 servings

SOURCE: Cutco Cutlery
Peanut Advisory Board
Wisconsin Potatoes

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