Sunday, November 23, 2008

'TIME TO BE THANKFUL' ~ CREAMY MUSHROOM CHESTNUT SOUP with THYME CROUTONS / GRILLED CRANBERRY BOURBON TURKEY TENDERLOIN / ROASTED VEGETABLES

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

~ November
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CREAMY MUSHROOM CHESTNUT SOUP
with THYME CROUTONS
~ Rich autumn flavors in each creamy spoonful. Adapted from Cooking Light Nov 2007.
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1 1/2 lbs. assorted stemmed and sliced gourmet mushrooms
(cremini, shiitake, oyster, baby bella, portabella)
3 Tbsp. minced shallots
1/2 tsp. coarse salt, divided
1 large clove minced garlic
5 cups organic chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup roasted chestnuts
(bottled chestnuts like Trader Joes are fine)
2 thyme sprigs
4 Tbsp. light sour cream
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 slices cooked and crumbled applewood-smoked bacon
additional sour cream
thyme croutons
(prepare while soup is cooking or make ahead)


  • Coat large stockpot with cooking spray. Add mushrooms and saute 15 minutes until liquid evaporates. Add shallots and saute 1 minute. Add 1/4 tsp. salt and garlic; saute 1 minutes. Remove 1/2 cup mushroom mixture and set aside. Add broth, wine, chestnuts and thyme to pan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard thyme.
  • Puree in pan with a hand-held immersion blender until smooth or place 1/2 of broth in blender and puree, repeating procedure with remaining broth.
  • Stir in remaining 1/4 salt, sour cream, and black pepper. Return reserved mushroom mixture to pan with cooked crumbled bacon.
  • Ladle hot soup into serving bowl and top with additional dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of thyme croutons. (6 servings)

THYME CROUTONS

1/2 medium baguette, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme


Toss croutons with olive oil, salt & pepper. Bake on large baking sheet in 375-degree oven for 6 minutes. Turn and toss with chopped thyme and continue baking 6 minutes or longer until golden crisp. Can make ahead and store in airtight container. (5 cups)
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GRILLED CRANBERRY BOURBON TURKEY TENDERLOIN
~ Fast and easy recipe for small group or holiday time crunch
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2 cups favorite orange cranberry sauce*
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup bourbon
juice of one fresh lemon
2 Tbsp. grated lemon zest
4 lbs. turkey tenderloins
1 Tbsp. coarsely ground pepper
coarse salt

  • Place 2 cups of orange cranberry sauce, brown sugar, bourbon, lemon juice and lemon zest in saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Remove 1/2 cup and reserve remaining mixture.
  • Prepare grill. Rinse and pat dry turkey tenderloins. Sprinkle with salt & cracked pepper. Brush with cool cranberry mixture and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Grill over medium-high heat 10-12 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer registers 165-degrees in thickest portion of tenderloin. Remove from hear and let stand 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with remaining cranberry sauce. (8-10 servings)

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* FAVORITE ORANGE CRANBERRY SAUCE

12 ounce bag fresh cranberries

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

grated zest from oranges

Rinse cranberries and pick off stems. Combine sugar and orange juice in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Add cranberries and zest and boil gently until cranberries begin to pop, about 7 minutes.

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ROASTED VEGETABLES with PECAN GREMOLATA

~ Sure to become an autumn favorite from old (Nov 2003) Bon Appetit.

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1 lb. medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, then crosswise

1 lb. medium parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, then crosswise

1 lb. turnips, peeled, halved, cut into 1-inch thick wedges

1 1/4 lbs. brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved

6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided

coarse salt & freshly ground pepper

3/4 cup pecans

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 oz.)

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, divided

1 Tbsp finely grated lemon peel

1 clove minced garlic

  • Preheat oven to 425-degrees. Toss carrots, parsnips, turnips, and brussels sprouts in large brown with 3 Tbsp. oil. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet, sprinkle with salt & freshly ground pepper. Roast until vegetables are tender, tossing often, about 1 hour. Transfer vegetables to large platter; cool.
  • Using on/off turns, chop pecans in processor until coarsely ground. Transfer ground pecans to small bowl.; stir in grated cheese, parsley, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic and 1 Tbsp. oil. Season gremolata to taste with salt.
  • Drizzle vegetables with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil and remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Sprinkle gremolata over vegetables just before serving. (8 servings)


8 comments:

Frances said...

Hi Joey, major cooking time for me too this week, the whole family, all thirteen come to my house for this holiday, attendance required! I love mushroom soup too, this sounds perfect for the cold days and nights. Your collage of November is stunning!
Frances

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Those leaves look almost way to perfect to be real!
Brenda

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Hi dear Joey, Beautiful autumnal leaves photos. I can just imagine the "Joey household" is cooking up some great goodies this week. All the smells of Thanksgiving filling the house while folks stay warm by the fire.

Here's wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I'm grateful for you.
Meems

nancybond said...

Those recipes! Yuuuum! And your photo mosaic is lovely -- perfect for Thanksgiving.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Dear Joey, this is a prefect winter food post. I do love all kinds of warm and tasty soups and this one sounds yummie!
Take care / Tyra

The Garden Faerie said...

I love Oprah's quote; the key to happiness is thinking you have enough. (Though in her case, one might think that wouldn't be so hard!)

Roses and Lilacs said...

I just love your photos. The colors are fantastic. Your recipes sound good.
Marnie

joey said...

Pots are simmering on the stove as I write, Frances. I'm sure you are creating beautiful memories also. Aren't we blessed to have family near? Happy Thanksgiving.

Thank you, dear Brenda. The day I collected those leaves walking on a stunning autumn day was perfect! The intense color shouted ... shoot me!

Thank you sweet Meems! It has been a joy knowing you ... and for this, I too am most thankful. Happy Thanksgiving.

How kind, Nancy. I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday (not only because I'm very thankful soul but a fun creative time for the foodie that I am!)

Thanks dear Tyra ~ I'm a soup nut! When one pot empties, another is on the back burner. Impressed by your onion soup recipe ... a 'must do' this winter.

How true, F.G! I chose this 'tongue in cheek', thinking the same. How fun to be in the audience on her 'favorite things' show!

Thank you, Marnie. Yes, good, good, good ...:)