Three Different Turkey Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving at Dahlgren

Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a plateful of turkey — but that doesn't mean this seasonal dish can't be open to a little interpretation! Case in point: these three recipes recipes for turkey, each of which is sure to draw oohs and aahs from around the dinner table this November 26!

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy [Food Network]
Presented by Food Network star Rachael Ray, this recipe bastes the bird in butter infused with bay leaves. The turkey is served alongside a flavorful gravy made from the juices from the roasting pan, plus apple brandy and apple cider.

Tuscan-Style Turkey Alla Porchetta [Martha Stewart]
Here's something a little different: A whale-boned turkey is layered with slices of prosciutto, then rolled up and secured with twine. Each slice delivers the taste of light and dark meat, garlic, fennel, and savory herbs.

Chipotle-Butter Turkey [Food & Wine]
Minced chipotle chilies impart a deep, smoky flavor to this recipe from Food & Wine. First, the turkey is bathed in softened butter infused with herbs, garlic, and chipotles, then as the bird roasts, it's covered in cheesecloth coated in the same butter. The result is extra-juicy meat and crispy skin.

Sound off, Dahlgren: What's your go-to recipe for Thanksgiving turkey? Let us know!

Not Sure What to Cook for Dinner Tonight, Dahlgren? Try These Three Easy Fall Recipes!

Between the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot to the feel of snuggly throw blankets during cozy nights in, there's just something magical about autumn here in Virginia. But there's one way to make the season even more special: the smell of a home-cooked meal coming from your kitchen at Dahlgren! Here are a few quick, easy, and budget-friendly meal recipes to try this fall!

1) Pumpkin Quesadillas [Rachael Ray]
Your favorite restaurant appetizer gets a seasonal update in this recipe by celeb chef Rachael Ray — and it couldn't be easier. Simply mix two cups canned pumpkin with a bit of cumin, then spread the mixture onto four flour tortillas. Add chopped, toasted walnuts for a bit of crunch, and crumble goat cheese over top. Then, top each tortilla with another tortilla to make a sandwich, and fry each on the stovetop. Yum!

2) Three-Cheese Baked Penne with Tomatoes and Basil [Delish]
Even picky eaters will love this one: Penne pasta is coated with eggs, three different kinds of cheese, plus tomatoes and basil, then popped in the oven at 375 degrees. When it emerges after 30 minutes, you'll have a bubbly, cheesy dish that your loved ones will devour!

3) Game Day Chili [BHG]
It's not fall without football — or your crock pot! Celebrate both with this easy chili recipe, which combines ground beef chuck, diced tomatoes, and a heavy dose of seasonings (including chocolate!) in a crock pot to create a hearty, homestyle dish in six to seven hours.

Hosting a Labor Day Party at Dahlgren? Try These Quick and Easy Recipes!

"Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894." — History.com.

Okay, so now that we're all reminded of why we celebrate Labor Day, let's get to the fun stuff: the actual celebrating! If you'll be attending a party or hosting one at Dahlgren over the holiday weekend, check out the recipes below. They're all equal parts delicious and visually appealing, but more importantly, they're quick and easy to make. Because no one says Labor Day has to be about laboring in the kitchen!

1) Red, White and Blue Layered Drinks [aroundmyfamilytable.com]
This Labor Day, fill your glass with patrioticism — and a sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage with this fun recipe! First, dip the rim of a glass into colored sugar. Then, slowly pour cranberry juice into the glass, followed by blue Gatorade and a clear diet soda. The result is a gradient effect that changes from red and blue to white.

2) Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake [lifeloveandsugar.com]
Berry season is almost over, so make the most of it while you still can with this tasty (and pretty!) icebox cake. It relies on the classic summer combo of strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream to make a kid-friendly cake — with zero baking time!

3) Tortellini Kabobs [realwomenandhomes.com]
Headed to a Labor Day soiree? This recipe makes it easy to nibble while you mingle. Simply layer cooked tortelli, mozzarella balls, and cherry tomatoes onto a wooden skewer for a portable appetizer!

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger

Ingredients:
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 pound of ground beef
3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons water
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
4 (1-ounce) English muffins, toasted
4 lettuce leaves
4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

Instructions:
Coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat until hot. Add onion; saute 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; let cool. Combine onion, beef, breadcrumbs, water, and egg white in a large bowl; stir well. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping into 1/2-inch-thick patties. Spoon 1 tablespoon cheese into the center of 4 patties; top with remaining patties. Press edges together to seal.

Prepare grill. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.

Spread 1 tablespoon sour cream over top half of each muffin, and set aside. Line bottom halves of muffins with lettuce leaves; top each with a tomato slice, a patty, and top half of muffin.

Sausage & Cheese Egg Puff

Ingredients:

4 large sliced mushrooms

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

4 cups shredded monterey jack cheese

1 cup crumbled pork or turkey sausage (fully cooked & drained)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

4 chopped green onions

1/2 cup butter

10 eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions:

In a skillet, saute the mushrooms and onions in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Set aside.

In same skillet brown and crumble the sausage. Drain well on paper towels.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl, combine eggs and cheeses.

Melt remaining butter; add to egg mixture. Stir into dry ingredients along with sausage crumbles and mushroom mixture.

Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Carefully run a knife around the edge of each muffin cup before removing.

Not Sure What Side Dishes to Serve at Dahlgren This Thanksgiving? Here Are 102 Delicious Suggestions!

When you think of Thanksgiving side dishes, you likely envision mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and the perennial favorite green bean casserole on your dining room table at Dahlgren. But why not change things up a bit this year?

Spanning the traditional to the unexpected, Southern Living's roundup of 102 side dishes will whet your appetite for a Thanksgiving dinner that's deliciously different. Here are four of our favorite ideas from the list:

1) Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta
True, Brussels sprouts might not appeal to all palates, but this recipe combines the leafy veggie with the one ingredient no one can resist: crispy pancetta.

2) Tee's Corn Pudding
Salty, creamy, and just a tad sweet, this recipe for corn pudding pairs nicely with a forkful of stuffing. The dish earns extra points for being easy to make, too!

3) Smoked-Oyster-and-Andouille Dressing
Cubed sourdough and crumbled cornbread create the foundation for this savory stuffing. Cajun spices, rosemary, sage, and thyme lend extra flavor to the stuffing's oysters and sausage.

4) Citrus Kale Salad
This salad can serve as a palate cleanser between those bites of turkey and gravy! Oranges, grapefruit, and kale are tossed in a tangy honey-mustard dressing, then topped with a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese. The result is a refreshing side that's almost too pretty to eat.

For more side dish recipes, check out 102 Spectacular Thanksgiving Sides on Southern Living.

Panzanella Tomato Salad

Ingredients:
2-3 Tomatoes
1 Red Onion
Your favorite Vinegar Base Dressing
1/2 loaf of French Bread
1 cup of Feta Cheese

Instructions:

Slice the red onion into thin strips. Marinate tomatoes & red onion in a vinegary dressing. Toast the French bread until crunchy.

Cut the French bread into small squares.

Mix the marinated tomatoes, red onions and French bread in a medium size bowl.

Crumble the feta cheese on top.

Brie and Jam Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • Brie
  • Jam (I prefer raspberry, but many others work)
  • Two slices sourdough bread

Instructions:

  1. Put brie on a slice, and jam on the other.
  2. Put them together, butter the showing sides, and grill.

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