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Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

I am hosting my family for Thanksgiving this year. Holiday Hostess duties are my favorite. It combines all of my favorite things:

  • Organized chaos
  • Wine
  • Food
  • Wine
  • Feeding people
  • Wine
  • Football and stories and laughing and memories
  • Wine

As perfect as it sounds in my head, the reality is usually less sparkly and shiny. And way more wine-y.

  • I get SQUEEEEE excited and make a huge menu for twice the number of people, adding a couple of new dishes because nobody makes a good guinea pig like a person wearing stretchy-waisted pants on Thanksgiving!
  • My dad, who hosts every other year, gets upset that I’ve “changed things” on “my” year, and shows up with those couple of same dishes, made his way, even after he told me he wasn’t making anything.
  • We now have enough to food to feed half the city of Katy and no one wants to take their own leftovers home, much less mine.
  • WINE.
  • MORE WINE.
  • ALL THE WINE.

Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

This year’s Thanksgiving menu is so far shaping up like this:

Appetizers & Drinks

Lunch Menu

Dessert

  • ALL THE PIES

Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

For the last 6 years, every Thanksgiving and Christmas has included the holiday- and family-hit Roasted Chestnut and Sausage Dressing. It is simply amazing. But I wanted something more “Texas” this year and the arrival of November’s HEB Primo Picks immediately solidified what I was going to do about the dressing: cornbread.

{Side note: wait ’til you see what I’ve done with the Cranberry-Pomegranate-Jalapeno sauce and the Bacon Vinaigrette!}

HEB Tex's BBQ Fixins Cream Corn

Cornbread loaded with roasted jalapeno and cheddar cheese and cream corn and heavy cream and butter and sugar.

All baked in a cast iron skillet.

A scoop of warm, cheesy cornbread perfection is amazing all on its own but it’s even better served with chili. And it’s going to be even better than that topped with a ladle of gravy on Thanksgiving Day.

Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

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Me: It’s a tie between Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders and The Cranwich. Because leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving. Besides the wine.

Update: The winner is Katie who loves the good ol green bean casserole.

Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

A moist skillet cornbread loaded with cream corn, roasted jalapenos, and sharp cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-large jalapenos
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) + 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 14 oz package (or 1 can) of HEB Cream Corn
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cups cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • *I frequently sub with fat-free Greek yogurt. But not for Thanksgiving :) The batter is thicker but the end product is still moist (sorry, Kim) and delicious.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small skillet roast the jalapenos, turning every few minutes, until most of the skin is blistered - you can also do this under a broiler or over open flame on the stove. I find a small skillet easiest while I'm gathering other ingredients.
  3. Transfer to a bowl covered with foil/plastic wrap and let cool enough to handle.
  4. Scrape the blistered skin, cut in half, remove the stem and seeds, and then dice the peppers.
  5. Melt 1 stick of butter and add to a large mixer bowl.
  6. Mix with the heavy cream, eggs, cheese, cream corn, and chopped jalapenos.
  7. Add the dry ingredients
  8. Heat a large cast iron skillet enough to melt 1 Tbsp of butter, swirl to coat.
  9. Transfer the batter to the skillet and then bake 35-40 minutes, just until the center is set (a knife will come out with moist crumbs attached).
  10. Let cool and serve with a spoon.

Notes

Yields: ~12 holiday side-servings, served spoonbread style

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Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

Butter + Apples + Bourbon + Heavy cream = the best 10 pound apple pie you’ll ever sink you teeth into.

At dessert or breakfast.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

It’s a mash-up of 1) The Pastry Queen’s Southern Comfort Apple Pie, the very best apple pie I’ve ever eaten and 2) Tara’s Slab Apple Pie, the most beautiful apple pie I’ve ever seen. And I’ve made it 3 times in the last 3 weeks. 3. Times. That’s 30 lbs of apple pie!

Did you click the link to look at Tara’s version? No? I’ll wait. Because sweet flaky, buttery baby Jesus.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

The homemade pie crust is incredibly buttery and flaky and the apples inside are lightly coated with a cinnamony (it’s a word) bourbon caramel sauce. If you’re doing the math at home, that’s 5 sticks of butter.

And it’s so totally worth every single bite.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

Sweet apples are served family-style in a bourbon-caramel sauce, underneath a buttery, flaky homemade pie crust.

Ingredients

  • For the crust
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 sticks (1 lb) of cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1-1 1/4 cup very cold water
  • For the filling
  • 6 lbs apples, peeled and sliced thin (I used a combo of Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, and Braeburn)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt,
  2. Add the cubed butter (I cut the sticks into quarters lengthwise and then make 10-12 cuts for small cubes) to the bowl, toss to coat, and then cut the butter into the flour until the butter cubes are about the size of small peas. You can use a pastry cutter or two knives. I use my fingers - it's a workout!
  3. Add 1 cup of the cold water and stir with a spoon at first, and then use your hands to fold the dough a few times to create one large ball - add the additional water if necessary to bring it all together.
  4. Divide the dough into two pieces - I weighed the ball and pulled 2/3 off for the bottom crust, leaving the remaining 1/3 for the top crust.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375.
  7. To make the filling, melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot (you'll be adding the apples to the pot - I use my big "pasta pot").
  8. Stir in the sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  9. Let the mixture come to a slow steady boil and cook for ~10 minutes.
  10. Add the whiskey and cook for another ~10 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and heavy cream.
  12. While the mixture is cooking, line a 11x17 jelly roll pan with parchment (or just butter it).
  13. Flour your work surface and roll the bottom crust to a rectangle larger a few inches larger than then pan.
  14. Transfer it to the pan, making sure it is big enough to hang over the edges, and then put it back into the fridge.
  15. Roll out the top crust to about the same size of the pan.
  16. Put the apples in the still warm caramel sauce, stirring until all of the apples are coated.
  17. Pour the apples into the prepared pan, spreading out into an even layer.
  18. Top with the other crust, fold the excess crust over the top crust, and then crimp the edges.
  19. Take a knife and cut several small venting slits over the top of the pie and brush with the egg wash.
  20. Bake in the top of the oven (with a large pan or foil on the shelf below - you will get spatters and drips) for ~45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
  21. Take out, let stand for ~15 minutes, and then enjoy with an optional (just do it) scoop of Salted Caramel Gelato on top.

Notes

Yields: ~18 servings

Adapted from The Pastry Queen and Smells Like Home

Estimated time: 2 hours

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Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

by Shawnda on December 16, 2013

in Appetizers,Candy,Christmas,DIY

Gingerbread Caramel Corn

I am all cookied out. Every single cookie that I brought home from last weekend’s exchange is gone. I didn’t eat them all, because that would be a terrible idea, but I had my share. And now I can’t even bring myself to edit the photos for the butterscotch cookie post that’s hanging out in my drafts folder.

I’m so over cookies that I’m actually looking forward to a spinach salad for lunch.

Gingerbread Caramel Corn

What I am not over, besides that salad, is caramel popcorn. But not just any caramel corn. Caramel corn spiked with a generous dose of gingerbread spices.

It’s Christmas in a bowl… you know, if you’d ever put Christmas into a bowl and then try to ruin it by sitting on the couch to hate-watch a Homeland mini-marathon. But at least while the frustratingly empty minutes tick by, your house smells like gingerbread and you have handful after handful of spicy, crunchy gingerbread caramel corn to keep you company.

Gingerbread Caramel Corn

Caramel popcorn gets a holiday makeover with a generous dose of gingerbread spices.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups popped popcorn (the yield from 1/3 rounded cup of kernels)
  • Cooking spray or parchment paper
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar*
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Scrapings from 1 vanilla bean (can substitute 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste)
  • 2-3 tsp gingerbread spice (purchased or homemade)
  • * I don't buy brown sugar so I substitute with 1 tsp molasses + 1/3 cup granulated sugar.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment. Have a rubber spatula handy.
  3. Pop the popcorn and transfer it to a large bowl.
  4. Heat the butter, sugar, molasses, corn syrup, and salt in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
  5. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add 2 tsp gingerbread spice and cook another 5 minutes.
  6. Let a little of the mixture cool on a spoon and then taste - not gingerbread-y enough? Add another tsp of spices.
  7. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  8. Stir and immediately pour over the popcorn.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to stir until the popcorn is nicely coated and then transfer to the baking sheet, spreading out to an even layer.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  11. Let cool ~15 minutes before eating.
  12. Store leftovers in a ziptop bag on the counter... if you have leftovers.

Notes

Yields: 6 1-cup servings

Adapted from Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

Estimated time: 45 minutes

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Baked Turkey & Cranberry Sliders with Browned Sage Butter

‘Tis the season to pour melted butter on *&^#! –Me.

Festive and classy. That Jason is one lucky guy.

Baked Turkey & Cranberry Sliders with Browned Sage Butter

I did mean it when I said that the internet will always have room for one more baked slider recipe. And I did mean it when I said that this was the season to pour melted butter on [mommy word].

Of course, I mostly said that because I have two more slider recipes hanging out in my drafts folder. And I mostly said [mommy word] because that’s just who I am when my 3 year old isn’t around to hear it and then put me in time-out.

You have never seen a power trip like a 3 year old with that kind of power.

But back to those sliders.

Baked Turkey & Cranberry Sliders with Browned Sage Butter

These buttery bites of magical cookery are the best thing to happen to holiday flavors since… Maybe I’m stretching, here. But, they do come slathered with a spoonful of Bacon & Cranberry Chutney and topped with browned butter with cripsy, salty bites of prosciutto and crunchy slivers of sage leaves.

And then they’re baked until the cheese gets all melty and starts oozing out the sides. Is it an appetizer? Dinner? Breakfast? Something to grab on one of those “just because” trips through the kitchen?

Absolutely.

Baked Turkey & Cranberry Sliders

Repurpose holiday leftovers into a baked turkey slider topped with browned sage butter.

Ingredients

  • For the sliders:
  • 24 dinner rolls (Hawaiian or homemade)
  • 24 slices of turkey
  • 6 slices of provolone (or other cheese), quartered
  • Cranberry & Bacon Chutney (or leftover cranberry sauce)
  • For the topping:
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 slices of prosciutto
  • 4 large sage leaves, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and line a large baking pan with foil.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter and cook until browned, frequently scraping the bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula.
  3. Remove from heat and add the prosciutto and sage, swirling to mix.
  4. Slice the rolls in half horizontally (if you break the rolls into 2 halves of 6, you can do this with 4 cuts and not squish the bread).
  5. To build the sliders, top the bottom roll with a slice of turkey (folded to fit), a quartered piece of cheese, a spoonful of the chutney, and the top roll.
  6. Place rolls close enough on the pan that they're nearly touching.
  7. After all rolls are assembled, brush butter sauce onto the rolls and spoon the prosciutto and sage leaves over top.
  8. Bake for ~15 minutes and serve hot. Or warm.

Notes

Yields: 24 sliders

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 40 minutes

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