Thanksgiving Menu: Buttermilk-Honey Brined Turkey

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Plan to prepare all of the side dishes in advance so you can spend more time with your guests and less time stressing in the kitchen.

appetizer

Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus

These fresh asparagus spears wrapped with thin sliced prosciutto make a light and delicious appetizer that's ready in no time
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main course

Buttermilk-Honey Brined Turkey

Buttermilk has long been used as a tenderizing marinade for fried chicken, so when we ran across recipes for buttermilk-brined turkey we thought it was a concept we'd like to try. We decided to use our brine on two different types of turkey ~ a minimally processed fresh turkey, and a frozen turkey that had been injected with up to 7% turkey broth solution. Both our turkeys turned out moist, tender and full of flavor without being salty ~ good news for folks who can't find an unprocessed turkey and still want to give brining a try.
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side dishes

Classic Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh, whole berry cranberry sauce is quick and easy to prepare and has a fresh tangy flavor you simply can't get from a can.
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Root Vegetable Puree with Caramelized Shallots and Thyme

A medley of puréed root vegetables flavored with caramelized shallots and fresh thyme is an easy side dish that complements our Buttermilk-Brined Roast Turkey perfectly.
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Crumb Topped Green Bean Mushroom Bake

Green beans and mushrooms are a great combination, and putting them together doesn't have to involve cans of soup and fried onions. This is a lighter take on the classic casserole that's a cinch to prepare in advance.
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

This is our favorite basic recipe for mashed potatoes. They have a smooth consistency and creamy, buttery flavor. Yukon Golds are our potato of choice because of their natural buttery flavor.
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dessert

Rum-Spiked Pumpkin Pie

This otherwise classic pumpkin pie gets a little kick from some dark rum in the filling and a dollop of rum-spiked whipped cream.
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