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Entries in Brown Sugar (2)

Tuesday
Dec202011

Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey (or Ham)

Looking for the perfect way to cook your Christmas turkey? This recipe is just the solution to your dinner woes. I tend to be a butter and herbs kind of gal when I roast a chicken or a turkey. This Thanksgiving I decided to try something a little different and the result was nothing short of spectacular. The skin becomes sweet and crunchy, while the meat stays juicy and rich. You'll end up with a beautiful golden brown turkey that will be sure to wow your Christmas guests. And for those of you who are ham eaters, the recipe should go perfectly with ham as well. Happy holiday eating!

Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey (or Ham)

Cook times will vary depending on the size of the turkey

  • 1 whole turkey (sauce for 10-16lb turkey)
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1-2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp no-pulp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Defrost turkey fully, in accordance with instructions on the packaging. Check this USDA fact sheet for more information.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Place carrots, celery, onion, along with the neck and giblets (from inside the turkey) in a metal roasting pan.
  4. Set the roasting rack over vegetables and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Place the turkey with wing tips underneath the body of the turkey.
  6. Rub turkey all over with butter, season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place turkey on the bottom rack of the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Reduce heat of the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Add 2 cups of water to the pan and roast until a thermometer reads 125 degrees F (approximately 1 hour).
  10. In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar, brown sugar and orange juice to a boil. Stir occassionally.
  11. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
  12. Remove from heat and whisk in 2 tbsp of butter and orange zest.
  13. When the turkey reads 125 degrees F, brush with glaze. Brush turkey with the glaze every 15 minutes until the thermostat reads 165 degrees F (approximately 30 minutes).
  14. Transfer turkey to a platter and let rest 40 minutes before carving.
Wednesday
Sep142011

Brown Sugar Waffles

I was looking back at my posts so far and realized my recipes tend to fall into three categories: breads, desserts, and dinners. I swear I make food for all of the other meals (and non-meals) but for whatever reason I didn't think anyone would be interested in reading about them. Well, I've changed my mind. It turns out I'm going to expand my blogging horizons and start sharing about all the food I make, no matter how miniscule it may seem. That is not to say the majority of posts won't still fall into bread, desserts and dinners, but I'm going to switch it up a bit and throw some curveballs at you. In the spirit of this new transformation, we will start of with this amazing breakfast recipe for brown sugar waffles. Turns out when you swap out sugar and start using a bit of brown sugar, your waffles take on a whole new taste. A delicious, warm, molassesy taste. Using our cuisnart belgian waffle maker, this recipe couldn't be any simpler to make and boy-oh-boy does it surpass all expectations for a Sunday morning breakfast.





Brown Sugar Waffles

Servings:8-12 individual waffles


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 3 tsp baking powder

  • 1.5 cups skim milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 tbsp melted butter or 4 tbsp canola oil

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

 


  1. Spray your waffle iron with PAM or brush it lighlty with canola oil. Heat your waffle iron in accordance with its instructions. I tend to place mine on medium-high heat.

  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients.

  3. Stir in milk, egg,s butter and vanilla. If it is too thick, add milk one tablespoon at a time.

  4. Pour the mixture onto the waffle iron, approximately 1 cup at a time.

  5. Bake until the waffle is done, usually 3-5 minutes.

  6. Serve immediately with a dollop of butter and some fresh maple syrup.