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It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is on Thursday, this time of year the days seem to fly by. I know I have been extremely busy and haven’t even considered Thanksgiving yet. My husband and I both enjoy cooking and the holidays are our favorite time to spend in the kitchen. We love to whip up our favorite traditional recipes, but we also love creating new recipes. This year we are going to be creating delicious recipes using Woodchuck Hard Cider. We have become loyal Woodchuck Hard Cider customers since we tried the Woodchuck Gumption Hard Cider last month.
Woodchuck Hard Cider has fantastic last-minute Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to please a hungry crowd. If you want to take your turkey to the next level, try this recipe for Woodchuck Gumption Turkey Brine.
Woodchuck® Gumption® Turkey Brine
• 3 cups Woodchuck Gumption Cider
• 2 gallons Cold Water
• 4 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves
• 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
• 1-1/2 cup Kosher Salt
• 2 cups Brown Sugar
• 3 Tablespoons Peppercorns
• 5 whole Bay Leaves
• Peel Of Three Large Oranges
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cover.
Allow to cool completely, then pour into a large brining bag or pot. Place uncooked turkey in brine solution, then refrigerate for 16 to 24 hours.
When ready to roast turkey, remove turkey from brine. Submerge turkey in a pot or sink of fresh, cold water. Allow to sit in clean water for 15 minutes to remove excess salt from the outside.
Discard brine. Remove turkey from clean water, pat dry, and continue with your normal cooking routine!
Surprise your guests with a new take on traditional stuffing with the Woodchuck Granny Smith and Sausage Stuffing Recipe.
Sausage and Woodchuck® Granny Smith Cider Stuffing
Makes 8-10 servings.
- 5 ½ cups of cubed white bread (can be replaced with whole wheat!)
- ¾ cup of Woodchuck® Granny Smith Cider
- 1 lb. of ground sausage
- 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 1 granny smith apple, chopped
- ¾ cup of celery
- 4 tbsp. of unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ tsp. of dried sage
- 1 ½ tsp. of rosemary
- ½ tsp. of thyme
- Dried cranberries to garnish
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
After preparing your cubed bread, spread on a baking sheet and stick in the oven for 5-7 minutes until the bread is toasted. Take out and cool.
In a saucepan, add the vegetable oil and the ground sausage, stirring and sautéing until thoroughly cooked. Take off the burner, and let cool.
While the cooked sausage and bread are cooling, prepare the granny smith apple, celery, and onion. Keep the chopped apple and celery raw, but sauté the onion until softened. Combine the granny smith apple, celery, and onion in a large bowl.
In a smaller separate bowl, combine the eggs, softened butter, and Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider. Whisk together only until mixed. Once evenly mixed, add the dried sage, rosemary, and thyme to the bowl.
At this point, both the bread and sausage should have cooled. Add the cubed bread and sausage to the large bowl with the chopped apple, celery, and onion, and stir.
Take the smaller bowl with the whisked mixture and also add to the larger bowl, stirring until evenly distributed throughout the mix.
In a 9 X 13” greased baking pan, evenly pour and spread the contents of the mixture, and cover with tinfoil. First, bake covered for 30 minutes. Take the tinfoil off of the stuffing, stir up the mixture, and bake for another 15-20 minutes. (If you prefer, this recipe can also be prepared, and stuffed into a 10+ lb. turkey!)
Take out of the oven, garnish, and serve!
If you’re tired of serving the same old gravy, try Woodchuck Winter Chill Gravy. Your guests won’t be able to get enough of this delicious gravy.
The Woodchuck® Winter Chill Cider Gravy
This recipe yields 8-10 servings.
- 4 cups of Turkey Stock, or Chicken Broth
- 1 cup of Woodchuck® Seasonal Winter Chill
- 6 tbsp. of unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup of flour
- 1 tsp. parsley
- Dash of salt and pepper
Over medium-heat, combine the flour and the butter in a saucepan. Whisk this mixture until smooth.
Once the mixture is smooth, add both the Turkey stock (or Chicken Broth) and the Woodchuck® Winter Chill with continuous stirring. Add the parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper. Continue to stir and let cook for 4-5 minutes.
Find your finest gravy boat, fill with the mouth-watering gravy, and stick right on your Thanksgiving table!
Not only is Woodchuck Hard Cider a fantastic addition to your recipes but the cider is a wonderful beverage to have on hand for your guests.
Woodchuck Hard Cider has an extensive variety of Hard Cider flavors.
The Core Cider flavors include; Amber, Hopsation, Gumption, Granny Smith, 802, Raspberry, Pear, Local Nectar, and Cluster Chuck.
Seasonal Cider flavors include; Summer Time, Fall Harvest, and Winter Chill.
Out On A Limb Cider flavors include; Chocolate Raspberry, Cheeky Cherry, Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy, Spitter Splinter, Oopsy Daisy, and Hot Cha Cha Cha.
Private Reserve flavors include; Pink, Pumpkin, and Barrel Select.
Cellar Dwellers flavors include; Mint, Chocolate, Smoked Apple, Sour Cherry, Dry Hop and Ginger.
Give the last-minute Thanksgiving recipes with Woodchuck Cider a try and let me know what you think. You can find more delicious recipes and more information about the flavors on the website.
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