Synda’s baked potatoes with cheese

Red Potatoes (medium sized) – 6
Bread crumbs – plain bread crumbs works fine too – 1/2 cup
French’s Fried Onions powdered – one cup-
Salt and Pepper – to taste
Thyme Shredded – 1 teaspoon
Parmesan cheese – 1 cup
Olive Oil as needed to mix the above together (3 tbspn?)

Cut potatoes in small pieces.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, except cheese.
Put potatoes in the bowl and mix thoroughly
Put potatoes on a baking pan and sprinkle cheese on top
Bake at 450degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown

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Some Thanksgiving recipes

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Appetizers:
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Sugared pecans:
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecans
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, beat egg white with water until frothy. Stir in pecans and mix to coat. Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir into pecan mixture. Spread on a baking sheet.
3. Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

Spicy corn bread (Mexican Style):

2 eggs
1/4 cup corn oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) can cream-style corn
1 large onion, chopped
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square baking dish or a cast iron skillet.
2. In a small bowl, beat eggs. Mix in corn oil and buttermilk. Stir in 1 cup shredded cheese, creamed corn, onion, and jalapenos.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top.
4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until center is set and top is golden brown.

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Main
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Good Eats Turkey:

Thank you Alton Brown for this wonderful recipe. I was proud to try it this year. BTW I also work for Food Network 🙂

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html
Some useful tips from reviewers I used:
– You can stuff inside of the bird with an onion, garlic head and lemon. And brushed the skin with melted butter. It was superb.
– Check Alton’s Turkey Carving tips which made that part come off much easier.
– I’ve always done a 22-25lb bird for the extended family. As far as time goes, the key is using the thermometer to watch for the temp, I usually hit the 161 degree mark somewhere around 3 hours at the 350, so 30 min at 500 and 3 hrs (give or take a few minutes) at 350.

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Dessert
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Naadan/Fusion fish curry (Fusion of two kerala fish curry recipes)

Chef’s note:

This is a fusion of two kerala style fish curries. I liked few things in both curries and wondered how it will be if I combine only the things I like. Here is the result, and I love it!!! I made it when our friend Siji came over, and he wanted the recipe. So, adding it here 🙂
Don’t have any pictures. Will add when I make this next time.

The two curries are:
1) Puliyum Mulakum curry: Courtesy to my mom. I think she learned it from her mother in law
2) Varutharacha Meen curry: Courtesy to my mom.
** One more courtesy to Mani chechi in Chattanooga. She shared a recipe which added Garlic to fish curry, and I liked the flavor. So, decided to include that as well

Ingredients:
1. Fish (Salmon, Pampano, King fish etc): 2 pounds (cut it into 1 inch pieces, and cleaned/washed/drained)
2. Scraped coconut (fresh, frozen, dried): 4 table spoons (not heaped)
[Fresh is best, frozen second best)
3. Chilli powder: 4 table spoons (not heaped)
4. coriander powder: 5 table spoons (not heaped)
5. turmeric powder: 1/2 tea spoon
6. finely chopped Garlic – 6-7 cloves
7. finely chopped Onion – 1/2 cup (red onion preferred)
8. Curry leaves – 18 leaves (3 stems)
9. finely chopped Green chilli – 4
10. finely chopped Ginger – 1 inch piece
11. Fenugreek seeds – 15 nos
12. Kokum (Kudam puli) – 4 pieces (wash well and soak it in 1/2 cup water)
13. Salt – as needed

Procedure:
1. In a pan, pour 1 table spoon of oil (olive/vegetable/coconut oil), and heat it. Once it is hot put the fenugreek seeds.
When seeds are brown (not burnt), add the coconut. Saute that until it is light brown and dry.
Add the chilli and coriander powder and saute it until it gets a darker brown color (this will be the color of the curry).
Saute frequently so that the mixture wont get burnt.
Just before taking it out the stove add turmeric powder and mix well. Let this cool down.

2. Grind this mixture with just enough water to grind it. Add water as necessary to grind it. Don’t make it too watery, as the curry will be too watery too
Keep this mixture aside

3. Now put the vessel/pan/pot in which you will be making fish curry (I like the clay pots (chatti) from kerala) on the stove in medium heat and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil.
Once it is heated add green chillies, onion ginger, garlic and curry leaves and saute for a minute until it becomes slight golden brown colour.

4. Now add the mixture from step 2.

5. Add the soaked Kokum(puli) also (you can add the water in which it was soaked. but dont use the bottom part of the water as it may have sand/dirt etc).

6. Add Salt and water. Water should make it the consistency you like in your fish curry. It is always good to keep it little less than your actual needed consitency, as water will come out of the fish when you add it and cook.

7. Once it starts boiling, add fish to it, and cover it. Once the whole thing starts boiling, simmer the stove and cook it for 20-30 minutes. (fish cooks pretty fast)

8. You can taste fish and curry and add salt, kokum or water if you need more. Cook it for some more time. Switch off the stove, keep it covered for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!!!