Hooray! 4 Turkey Day!!!

Sunday, Nov 18, 2012…it hurts to type, it hurts to move and I love it!

Nov 17th was my first legit Crossfit Competition, 3rd Annual Pilgrim Wars hosted by Colorado Springs Crossfit.

Crossfit Endemic had a great showing with 5 of our Athletes placing in the top 6 of their Brackets. I hope to have some pictures to share real soon.

 

THANKSGIVING

Let me start by saying that I have no pictures, and have not made these dishes yet so the final product my change.

1st up The Bird!

Turkey
  • Preheat oven to 500
  • wash and dry turkey, clean inner cavity
  • rub with olive oil or Ghee, and season to taste
  • stuff cavity with root vegetables
  • roast in lowest level for 30 min
  • reduce temp to 350 and cook until 161F at thickest part of breast ( 2-21/2 hours for a 16lb bird)

Starting with an oven at 500 will produce a nice crisp skin, be sure to use plenty of oil / ghee not only will it help baste the meat and crisp the skin, it gives your seasonings something to stick too.

Now for some Sides…

Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits  <— link to all of PaleOMGs Thanksgiving Goodness

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato or yam (equivalent to 2 cups mashed)
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 6-8 strips of bacon, diced
  • leftover rendered fat from bacon
  • 3-4 tablespoons chives, thinly diced
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
  2. Fork Potatoes.
  3. Bake for 30-40 or until soft.
  4. Once done turn oven down to 375 degrees.
  5. Place your diced bacon into a skillet and brown until crispy and drain on paper towel. The fat that is left behind in the pan, you will use in your biscuits.
  6. When  potato is done, peel and mash with a fork.
  7. Add in your eggs and mix well with your sweet potato. Then add in your bacon fat and mix well.
  8. Then add your dry ingredients
  9. Add your diced cooked bacon and chives. Mix thoroughly
  10. line a cooking sheet and drop your biscuits, shaping them as needed. Try to make them all equal in size so they cook the same.
  11. Place in oven and bake for 22-27 minutes.
  12. Let rest.
  13. Top with some melted grass-fed butter. You don’t have to, since it’s not paleo, but I did it, and it was delicious. Trust me.
Green Bean Casserole 
Ingredients:
  • Green Beans
  • Beef Broth 2-3 cans
The original recipe called for 5 cans of cut green beans, but I will be using enough fresh green beans to make the dish. Not sure how many that will be yet. Sorry!
Beans
  • Wash and prep fresh green beans
  • In med pot add beans and beef broth, season to taste, simmer until tender
  • Drain and set aside
Onion Topping
  • 2-3 medium onions, very thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup oil of choice, I will use bacon fat

Healthy Cream of Mushroom Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ghee ( or butter – remember we are “Almost Primal”)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 of onion mix above
  • 8-10 mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 egg yolks
  • beef broth to thin

 

How To Make It:

1. Thinly slice all the onions, separate,  and put in medium bowl.

2. Add the two eggs and the heavy cream and mix well until evenly incorporated.

3. Add coconut flour and mix by hand until evenly coated (note:may use slightly more or less depending on your brand of coconut flour.)

4. Put tallow in large skillet and turn on medium high heat.

5. When hot, add the coated onions and evenly brown, turning occasionally.

6. When browned, remove from heat and set aside.

7. In medium sauce pan, melt butter and saute mushrooms until starting to brown, then add cream or coconut milk.

8. Whisk in egg yolks and spices and about 1/3 of the onion topping mixture and continue stirring until the yolks begin to cook and the mixture thickens.

9. Add extra milk or broth if needed to thin (only a few tablespoons might be needed).

10. Add green beans and pour into a 9×13 baking dish.

11. Pour the cream mixture over and mix well until incorporated.

12. Top with onion mixture and heat at 325 in oven until topping starts to crisp (but not burn!) and green beans are heated.

There are no end to the was you can cook Sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving, a quick search will yield pages of results but you can follow this link if you want.

Sweet Potatoes

I know this will change, I will post pictures of the results as soon as I can, good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

EAT. LIFT. LIVE

{Like an Animal}

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