Category Archives: Thanksgiving

Frosty Pumpkin Pie

Gingersnap Crust (below)

1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon aromatic bitters
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 carton (4 ½ ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pint butter pecan ice cream, slightly softened
2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Bake Gingersnap Crust: cool. Mix pumpkin, brown sugar, bitters, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Fold whipped topping into pumpkin mixture. Spoon ice cream into Gingersnap Crust; spread to edge of crust. Swirl pumpkin mixture over ice cream. Freeze uncovered at least 3 hours.

Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle pecans in circle on pie.


Heat oven to 350°. Mix 1 ½ cups gingersnap crumbs and ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted. Press firmly and evenly against bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 minutes.

©1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

How To Clean, Stuff and Truss Poultry and Roasting Turkey – Timetable

PREPARATION FOR ROASTING: Allow sufficient time to defrost the bird if it is frozen. Singe the bird; then remove any pinfeathers with tweezers or catch the feathers between thumb and pairing knife. If necessary, cut oil sack from tip of tail. Remove bits of lung and liver and any large layers of fat. Wash bird thoroughly inside and out under cold running water. Drain bird well and dry with paper towels. Wrap loosely in waxed paper and chill until ready to stuff and roast the bird.

STUFFING AND TRUSSING: Rub body cavity lightly with salt. Spoon stuffing into cavity; do not pack. Four ready-to-cook turkeys, chickens and duckling, allow 3/3 to 1 cup stuffing per pound. (Leftover stuffing may be placed in a casserole and baked separately; spoon pan drippings over stuffing in the casserole occasionally, if desired. To close cavity, insert wooden picks or metal skewers along edges of the skin; lace with twine. If neck cavity is to be filled, stuff loosely and skewer neck skin to back. Tie legs together and fasten to tail. Fold wings under bird or tie wings to body. Roast at once.


OPEN PAN METHOD: Rub skin of prepared bird generously with melted shortening. Place bird, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow pan or open roaster. Insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, close to body. Cover bird with a double thickness of cheesecloth dipped in melted shortening. Roast according to Timetable, below. Baste often with pan drippings or additional shortening. Bird is done when meat on leg can be easily pierce with a fork; thermometer should register 190°.

Roast Turkey Timetable

Ready-to-Cook Wt.Time (approx.)Oven Temp.
4 to 8 lb.3 to 4 hours325°
8 to 12 lb4 to 4 1/2 hours325°
12 to 16 lb4 1/2 to 5 hours325°
16 to 20 lb5 1/2 to 7 hours325°
20 to 24 lb7 to 8 hours325°

ALUMINUM FOIL METHOD: Wrap turkey as directed for chicken (see 2 Ways to Roast Chicken, Index I). Roast in a very hot oven for 450°. Allow 16 to 13 min. per pound for 8- to 13-lb birds; 13 to 9 minutes for 14- to 21-lb birds; 9 to 8 minutes for 22- to 24-lb birds. About 20 minutes before end of time, turn foil back to brown bird.

Published by –COOKINDEX — Division of H.S. Stuttman Co., Inc. New York. © Copyright 1958 Tested Recipe Institute, Inc. New York

Bean and Mushroom Salad

2 envelopes unflavored gelatine
2 1/2 cups cold water, divided
1 tablespoon dehydrated onion flakes
1/2 cup tarragon vinegar
Artificial sweetener to equal 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole green beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped pimiento
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, drained

Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water in saucepan. Stir in dehydrated onion flakes. Stir over low heat until gelatin dissolves. Stir in remaining water, vinegar, sweetener, and salt. Chill until syrupy. Fold in beans, pimento, and mushrooms. Turn into a 5 -cup mold. Chill until firm. Unmold. Garnish with watercress. Divide evenly. Makes 4 servings.

Copyright © Weight Watchers International, Inc. 1974. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Old-Fashioned Tea Punch and Turkey Sandwich Loaf


Turkey Sandwich Loaf

This party sandwich loaf is an excellent device for using up holiday turkey, or for that matter, any leftover meat (chicken, ham, roast beef, etc.).

3 cups chopped cooked turkey or other cooked meat
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon grated onion
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 loaf (1 pound) thin sliced soft white sandwich loaf bread
1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 package (4-oz) cream cheese
1 tablespoon light cream
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

Make turkey filling: Mix together chopped turkey, celery, onion, and mayonnaise and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Trim crusts from bread; place 3 slices bread in row on sheet of wax paper; butter slices on one side and spread with turkey filling. Continue adding slices, buttering and spreading with filling until each stack contains 6 slices.

Press loaf together firmly. Beat blue cheese, cream cheese, and cream together; spread on top and sides of loaf; sprinkle with parsley and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Serve on platter garnished with watercress and sliced cucumber; slice loaf thinly; serve with sandwich plates and forks.

Yield: 6-8 slices.

Note: when planning a large party, make several sandwich loafs, varying fillings if desired, and estimating 1 loaf for 6 guests; at important or “high tea” parties arrange loafs around punch bowl on buffet table and add a platter of cold cuts and a ripe Brie cheese surrounded with crackers or French bread slices; a bowl of finger fruits in season (grapes, cherries, plums, apricots, nectarines) adds a touch of razzle-dazzle.

Copyright © 1977 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

American Thanksgiving Menu

This menu is also ideal for any special occasions. The quantities given serve 6-8 people.

Prawn and Citrus Fruit Cocktail
Remove the pulp from 2 large oranges and 1 grapefruit. Blend with 2/3 cup sour cream or whipped cream plus the juice of 1/2 -1 lemon. Add 3 tablespoons mayonnaise. 1 teaspoon tomato ketchup and 2/3 -1 cup peeled prawns or shrimp. Put into glasses, top with prawns and a little tomato ketchup.

Roast Turkey with Celery Herb Stuffing
Mix 4 cups fresh soft bread crumbs from a brown or wholewheat loaf with 8 stalks finely chopped celery, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon chopped lemon thyme, grated rind and juice of 1 lemon, 1 finely chopped onion, 1 cup shredded suet or melted margarine and 2 eggs or 3 egg yolks. Put into an 8-10lb turkey; either cook in a 325-350°F oven allowing 30 minutes per lb and 30 minutes over or in a 425-450°F oven allowing 15 minutes per lb. and 15 minutes over. Baste well with melted fat or butter unless using the special self basting turkey (Illustrated). ALWAYS ALLOW FROZEN TURKEYS TO DEFROST BEFORE COOKING. Serve with roast potatoes, corn and beans and cranberry and applesauce.

Cranberry and Apple Sauce
Simmer 1lb peeled apples and 1/2 lb cranberries with 2/3 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar until tender.

Coffee Chiffon
Make 2 1/2 cups strong coffee. Soften 3 envelops gelatin in a little cold coffee, stir into the hot coffee and heat until dissolved. Allow to cool and begin to stiffen then fold in 1 1/4 cups lightly whipped cream, 1/2-3/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts. Beat 3 egg whites (left from stuffing) very stiffly, gradually beat in 2/3 cup sugar, fold into the coffee nut mixture. Pile into a dish, serve with cookies.

Printed in Canada. ©Copyright The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd 1972

Butterscotch Pecan Pie

3 eggs
1 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 cup pecan or walnut halves
9-inch unbaked pie shell
Whipped cream

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly. Add corn syrup, salt, vanilla, brown sugar, and butter; mix well. Stir in nuts. Pour into unbaked pie shell.

3. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake additional 30 to 35 minutes, or until outer edge of filling seems set.

4. Let cool completely on wire rack. Just before serving, decorate around edge with rosettes of whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Melt 2 squares (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate in top of double boiler, over hot (not boiling) water. Stir into egg mixture in step 2. Proceed as directed for Butterscotch Pecan Pie.

©Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Applesauce – Quick Cranberry Sauce – Cranberry Relish I and II

Molded Cranberry Sauce

4 cups (1 pound) cranberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar

Wash and pick over berries. Put berries and water in a saucepan; cook, stirring occasionally, until all berries pop open. Put through a fine sieve or strainer. Return pulp to pan. Add sugar and stir well. Boil 3 to 5 minutes; pour into a quart mold or bowl. Chill until firm. Makes 1 quart.

Cranberry Relish I

2 cups cranberries
1 orange
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Wash and pick over berries. Cut orange in quarters and remove seeds. Put berries and orange through a food chopper. Stir in sugar and nuts. Makes about 1 pint.

Cranberry Relish II

Prepare Cranberry Relish I. Mix in contents 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup seedless raisins. Makes 3 cups.


Combine 3 cups Applesauce and 1 cup Cranberry Sauce (see recipes on card). Makes 1 quart.

To Serve Applesauce

For breakfast, serve plain or with cream. For main dish accompaniment, serve hot or cold with ham, pork, duck, or goose. For dessert, serve chilled, topped with whipped cream, sour cream or ice cream.

Published by – COOKINDEX – Division of H. S. Stuttman, Co. Inc., New York ©COpyright 1958 Tested Receipe Institute, Inc. New York.

Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Pie

Graham Cracker Crust
1 cup packaged graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter or regular margarine, melted

Cream Cheese Filling
4 pkg (3-oz) soft cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 cup canned or cooked pumpkin

Sour Cream Topping
1 1/2 cups dairy sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Make Graham Cracker Crust: In medium bowl, with fork, lightly toss crumbs with butter, to mix well. With back of metal spoon, press to bottom and sides (not rim) of 9-inch pie plate. Refrigerate.

2. Preheat oven to 350F.

3. Make Pumpkin-Cheese Filling: In large bowl of electric mixer, combine cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, flour, peels, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, eggs, egg yolks, and pumpkin; beat at medium speed until smooth.

4. Turn into crust. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until center of pie seems firm when pie is gently shaken.

5. Meanwhile, make Sour Cream Topping: In small bowl, combine sour cream with sugar and vanilla; mix well.

6. Spread topping evenly over pie. Bake 10 minutes longer.

7. Let pie cook completely on wire rack – about 1 hour.

8 Refrigerate, overnight.

Make 8 servings.

©Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Old-Fashioned Roast Turkey

14-to-16-lb ready-to-cook turkey
Dressing (Card 6K)
1 cup butter, melted
Salt, pepper
Gravy (Below)

1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; wash;set aside. Wash turkey, inside and out; pat dry with paper towels. Remove and discard excess fat. Make dressing. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Spoon some dressing into neck cavity. Bring skin of neck over back; fasten with poultry pin. Spoon remaining dressing into body cavity; do not pack. Insert 4 or 5 poultry pins at regular intervals; lace cavity closed with twine. Bend wing tips under body. Tie ends of legs together. Insert meat thermometer in inside of thigh, at thickets part.

3. Place turkey on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush with some butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, uncovered and brushing occasionally with remaining butter and pan drippings (when turkey begins to turn golden, cover loosely with foil), about 4 1/2 hours, or until thermometer registers 185F (leg joint moves freely). Place turkey on heated platter. Remove twine and pins. Let stand 20 minutes. Makes 14 servings.

Gravy: Place giblets (except liver), neck, 3 cups water, 1 celery stalk ( cut up), 1 onion (quartered), 1 pared carrot, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 whole black peppers, and bay leaf in 2-quart saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat; simmer, covered 2 1/2 hours.

Add liver; simmer 15 minutes. Discard neck. Remove giblets; chop coarsely. Strain broth; press vegetables through sieve. Measure; add undiluted, canned chicken broth to make 2 1/2 cups. Pour drippings into 1-cup measure; skim fat. Return 1/2 cup drippings to roasting pan. Stir in 1/2 cup flour until smooth. Stir over low heat to brown flour slightly. Remove from heat; stir in broth. Bring to boiling, stirring; reduce heat; simmer; stir 5 minutes, until thickened. Add giblets; simmer 5 minutes.

©Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Corn Bread-Oyster Dressing

1 1/2 cups butter
2 pkg (8-oz size) corn bread stuffing mix
1 1/2 pt fresh oysters or 3 cans (7-oz size) frozen oysters, thawed
1/2 cup each chopped onion, green pepper, and celery
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. In 6-quart kettle, heat 1 cup water and 1 cup butter, to melt butter. Remove from heat; toss with stuffing mix.

2. Drain oysters; cut in half. In 1/2 cup butter in medium skillet, sauté oysters, onion, green pepper, and celery, 5 minutes. Add salt, rosemary, pepper. Add to stuffing; toss lightly to mix well. Makes 12 cups; enough for 16 pound turkey.

Cranberry-Orange Dressing

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1pkg (6 oz) chopped Brazil nuts (1 cup)
2 cups fresh cranberries, washed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange ppel
2 loaves (1 lb-size_ raisin bread, sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried savory
1/8 teaspoon pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In hot butter in medium skillet, sauté onion, celery, and Brazil nuts – about 5 minutes.

2. Add cranberries, sugar, orange juice,a nd peel. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. until cranberries start to pop. Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes.

3. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes (10 cups). Spread on cookie sheet. Toast in oven, 5 minutes. Combine in large bowl with salt, poultry seasoning, savory, pepper; toss. Add cranberry mixture; toss lightly. Makes 12 cups; enough for 16-pound turkey.

©Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.