Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner

 I ended up making Thanksgiving dinner.  This is not very attractive but I remembered to take a photo after we had already dug in.  We had planned on having Asian food so I could take a break after all the shelter cooking.  I wanted to be able to make turkey sandwiches so I bought a turkey breast and roasted it.  I decided to make gravy with the carcass.  I had an extra bag of cranberries so I thought, why not make some sauce.  Then I made stuffing. I found a bag of peas in the freezer and made creamed peas and onions. Soon I realized I was actually making Thanksgiving dinner.
So I made some rolls.  I made coiled ones to eat with the main meal.  I used my mother's potato roll recipe.
 I made buns for the sandwiches.

 I make lots of different rolls but I still think these are the best ones.

 I changed the recipe this year.  Though these rolls have a wonderful flavor, they sometimes can get a bit heavy.  So I replaced the crisco  with butter and added more yeast....perfect!  Here is the recipe:

1-1/2 C. of water
2 eggs
2/3 C. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1T. rapid rise yeast
2/3 C. melt butter
1 C. mashed potatoes
7-1/2 C. flour

Pour the water into the bowl of your mixer.  Add the eggs, sugar, salt, yeast, butter and potatoes.  Beat the flour in cup by cup until you have a nice smooth ball of dough.  Place it in a buttered bowl and cover.  let it rise until doubled.  Form into whatever type of rolls you want.  Let rise for 30 minutes.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until they look like the photo above.  Brush with melted butter when you take them out of the oven. 

Everyone seemed very happy that I made Thanksgiving dinner after all.