Plans for a Holiday thing

  1. Hey gang, can I get some ideas from all of you?

    I'm planning to have about 10 people over to my cottage between Thanksgiving & Christmas. The oven doesn't work at the cottage; just the broiler and burners.

    So far I'm planning to grill turkey(with bacon wrapped around from Sam's club); green beans; maybe scalloped potatos; drsg made in a crock-pot; have cheese cake; wine and buns.

    Now I've Never make drsg in a crock pot. I had wanted to make a cornbread stuffing using smoked turkey/apple sausage,diced apples, celery & onions? Does this sound like it would be OK? Would you use chicken broth for moisture?; and how long do you need to heat it in the CP?

    Would it be too much to have a type of nut (walnuts) and/or bacon in there too?

    Thanks for you suggestions guys; I appreciate it. This will be the first holiday for my best friend without her mom & I want to make it nice so she can have something of a holiday (you know it'll be rough whatever she does); and she & her husband have already met my brother & family and they get along ok.
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  3. by   kitty29
    OK fine; apparently no one wants to help - I'll just go with my gut as always. See YA!
  4. by   NurseyBaby'05
    This is the first I saw this thread, actually. I was going to suggest deep frying the turkey outside. Dh's family started doing this a few years ago and wound up sticking with it from year to year.

    As for the stuffing, you probably only need a small amount of liquid. The apples themselves may be enough. That's one of the joys of crock pot cooking.
  5. by   dianah
    Kitty, Kitty!! Don't go away mad!!! It's not that I'm uninterested; it's that I'm not one of those ppl with the gift of hospitality . . I'm more a "let's all go out to eat somewhere" entertainer, lol, so I don't have many suggestions!

    I'm awed by your entertaining project, and wish you much success. I think it's a VERY nice thing you're doing, to provide a cozy family-type gathering for your best friend.

    Myself, I've never cooked a turkey (grilled, boiled, fried or baked!!), as I'm pretty much vegetarian, so I have no suggestions re: meat. However, the dressing sounds great, and what a good idea to do it in the crockpot! Cooks always suggest using chicken broth for more flavor, so I imagine it would provide good flavor for the dressing. I suggest you google/yahoo/ask jeeves/vivisimo search recipes, using the words "cornbread dressing recipe crockpot" and see what happens. You might find something wonderful!

    I'd love to be up at a cottage on a lake during the holiday season (do you have a lot of the miniature lights you can string up?? might be pretty)! How about some chairs for sitting outside, enjoying the fresh air and knockout view (or would it be too, too cold that time of year???). Is there a fireplace for a nice roaring fire??

    Give the others a chance to respond; sometimes it just takes time to mull some ideas over, and then you'll get more responses. Best to you, and let us know how it goes! --- Diana
  6. by   txspadequeenRN
    ive never made dressing in the crock pot but im sure it can be done . i always use all-recipies maybe you can get a good recipe from there. now the grilled turkey sounds good.....i have cooked for the last several years and this year im closing the kitchen and heading to ok to my mil for dinner.


    Quote from kitty29
    hey gang, can i get some ideas from all of you?

    i'm planning to have about 10 people over to my cottage between thanksgiving & christmas. the oven doesn't work at the cottage; just the broiler and burners.

    so far i'm planning to grill turkey(with bacon wrapped around from sam's club); green beans; maybe scalloped potatos; drsg made in a crock-pot; have cheese cake; wine and buns.

    now i've never make drsg in a crock pot. i had wanted to make a cornbread stuffing using smoked turkey/apple sausage,diced apples, celery & onions? does this sound like it would be ok? would you use chicken broth for moisture?; and how long do you need to heat it in the cp?

    would it be too much to have a type of nut (walnuts) and/or bacon in there too?

    thanks for you suggestions guys; i appreciate it. this will be the first holiday for my best friend without her mom & i want to make it nice so she can have something of a holiday (you know it'll be rough whatever she does); and she & her husband have already met my brother & family and they get along ok.
  7. by   kitty29
    Thanks guys ! Its the 3rd - 12 hour shift and I'm a bit touchy...sorry. I just figured it was too early for you guys to want to think about this kinda stuff.

    I was thinking of getting some little twinkle lights; but it'll probally be too cold to sit outside in MN; however we (in our family) ussually go for a walk or something after eating esp. turkey no matter how cold it is.

    That is the other thing I was thinking about I grill the old fashioned way; and cann't ya picture me in a bizzard grilling turkey!? Just hoping the charcoal stays hot enough! I just may have to get a new oven - ya know take out of the savings account so I have something out there.

    Now if it would be nice like last year...we could sun bathe after eating! Thanks for the suggestions & support, and again sorry for being a boob!
  8. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    I, too, am a slow responder. mainly, after I read your post, I did want to mull it over, and also, i do my best note-writing at work--at nite.

    I have only cooked a turkey once--and actually DH did most of the work & it was in t he oven.

    I, too, was going to suggest the turkey deep-fry. My B-I-L has been doing this for easily 10 yrs & they love it--you do need to be super careful & do it outside.

    The dsg--I don't see why you couldn't do it in a crockpot. I don't even own one, tho. You could check allrecepies.com ; but also try the "butterball site"--you know the company that always has lots of turkey tips. Also how about the sites from the manufacturer of the crockpot--they often have recipies.

    When we make dressing, we do use some chicken broth for moisture.The last time I did stuffing---don't get all sick on me now---I used pepridge farm stuffing mix--added prunes,aliitle apple, raisins, celery, onion, sage; my DH doesn't like meat in his--and I cooked it on the stove top.

    The last few years, I have just made one of those little turkey breasts as there are so few of us.

    Good Luck
    Sounds like it will be nice

    Sounds like you are a very nice person.

    mary Ann

    PS let us know how it goes, OK
  9. by   nursemary9
    Hi Again, Kitty

    Well, while I was sitting here, I checked out Crockpot recipies.

    I found one & the basis of it is cornbread. i imagine that you probably wanted to know if dressing could be done in a CP.
    So, I guess it can
    They cooked it on high for 2 hrs or on slow for 3-4 hrs.
    Besides cornbread, they used eggs, onion, celery, sage or poultry seasoning pepper and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup plus 2 T. of butter.


    I'll look some more if you want.
    When i go into research mode, I do so TOTALLY!!

    Mary Ann
  10. by   kitty29
    Quote from nursemary9
    Hi Again, Kitty

    Well, while I was sitting here, I checked out Crockpot recipies.

    I found one & the basis of it is cornbread. i imagine that you probably wanted to know if dressing could be done in a CP.
    So, I guess it can
    They cooked it on high for 2 hrs or on slow for 3-4 hrs.
    Besides cornbread, they used eggs, onion, celery, sage or poultry seasoning pepper and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup plus 2 T. of butter.


    I'll look some more if you want.
    When i go into research mode, I do so TOTALLY!!

    Mary Ann
    Thanks! someone at work was going to see what her mom does...I want something that someone has tried and I can know is good!
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    i would use some deboned fried chicken instead of smoked turkey i would buy a fried or smoked turkey as main dish you are a brave one to take this on
  12. by   RNin2007
    Wow, and I thought Walmart started their Christmas sales early! hehe j/k

    Think you already got some good ideas by the time I saw this.....

    ~J
  13. by   kitty29
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    i would use some deboned fried chicken instead of smoked turkey i would buy a fried or smoked turkey as main dish you are a brave one to take this on
    The turkey is already purchased and ready (Sam's club); Not all that brave.
  14. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    i would use some deboned fried chicken instead of smoked turkey i would buy a fried or smoked turkey as main dish you are a brave one to take this on
    I agree. I wouldn't use smoked turkey in the dressing, because the smoked flavor overpowers EVERY other seasoning/flavor and all those wonderful other flavors are lost. (Plus, if someone doesn't like the smoked (ham-like) flavor, which can be really overpowering, then its a bust.) When I do dressing outside of a turkey (like in a crock pot) I boil a few packaged turkey legs in chicken or turkey broth with plenty of seasonings, and a carrot, celery and onion. When meat is falling off the bone, I throw away the veggies (which can be put in the water whole- no need for any chopping first! Don't be tempted to use those veggies afterward, once boiled with the turkey because, as I heard one TV chef say...their purpose was well contributed and is now over!), and use that delicious liquid stock for any liquid I need in the dressing. And of course I use the meat that falls off the legs, or I 'shred' off, right in the dressing. Then the dressing has lots of 'meat' flavor, even though cooked away from the bird.

    Happy Holiday and wish I was invited- sounds really nice!

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