Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner at Church! (With some recipes)

Last Wednesday night I fixed a Thanksgiving meal for the kids/youth and a few adults at church!  We served 111 and had *just* enough.  We normally only have 80-90 so 111 was a few more than I had planned for!  I went in on Tuesday and made peach cobbler and got the stuff ready for green bean casserole and did a little prep work.  Wednesday I got to the church kitchen about 10 and put my turkeys in the oven, and started my chickens boiling. . . Then waited, cleaned up my mess, read a book, kicked up my heels for a little while. . . I had a helper show up about 1 and we visited for a little bit until it was time to start other things.  I ended up making homemade egg noodles (if you want to buy frozen egg noodles for 100 people it will cost you a fortune!).  Got those going.  Got turkeys out of the oven and got Mrs. Angie working on getting those off the bone.  Green bean casserole in the oven, stuffing and mashed potato water boiling and the kitchen was humming!  We took a few short cuts and made stove top stuffing and instant mashed potatoes (who wants to peel enough potatoes for 100 people?)  Oh, boiled the neck and giblets to make gravy with also. . . Here are a few pics, at the bottom I'll put a few recipes.

Mrs. Angie with her giant fork, carving up the turkey!
I had a few extra helpers serve for me!  I appreciate them volunteering! 
We had turkey, stove top, mashed potatoes, gravy, egg noodles, green bean casserole, 5 cup salad, and hot rolls, oh and peach cobbler!
Happy faces!!!

French Style Green Bean Casserole

3 cans French style green beans
1 stick butter
a lot of pepper
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can onion rings

Pour half the liquid off the green beans and pour into a sauce pan with butter and pepper

Cook about half an hour or until all the juice is gone

Add cheddar cheese soup

Pour into 10" casserole dish and top with canned onion rings

Cover and bake 30 minutes in 350 oven

Watch out, the onion tops may burn

This is not your *normal* green bean casserole, it is MUCH better!

Instant Mashed Potatoes
Well, that sounds yucky doesn't it?  Well, we tried to make them better!  We added BUTTER and heavy cream along with salt and pepper.  The butter and cream really make them taste better.  Also use a good brand, not cheap ones!

5 Cup Salad
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Coconut
1 Cup Pineapple (either tidbits or chunks)
1 Cup Mandarine Oranges
1 Cup Marshmallows

Mix together and chill about an hour before serving.  

This is a good recipe to make the day before and is very simple!

Peach Cobbler
1 Stick Butter
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Self Rising Flour
1-2 Cans Peaches or a few fresh peaches

In a 9x9 baking dish put the stick of butter and put it in the oven and turn the oven to 350.  Let the butter melt while the oven is pre-heating and you mix the batter.

Mix the milk, sugar, and flour.  Pour into pan of melted butter.  Pour peaches over the batter.  Bake at 350 for about an hour or until the center sets.


1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful thing to do -- what a dinner! Thanks for your recipes, too & Happy Thanksgiving!