I think it is ironic that I have been working on several articles about Thanksgiving dinner-most of which require an oven. Then I woke up this morning and found that my oven has stopped working. We just bought this stove two years ago, and we thought it would last us for awhile. I guess we were wrong.
It is a GE Profile with a double oven, and I love it. It was not cheap-at least it was not for us. My husband took it apart, and he said it has a burned out control panel. He got online to look at replacement parts, and to replace it will cost us $350! I guess we are doing Thanksgiving without an oven this year.
That’s ok. I am always up for a challenge. So this begins my quest for great Thanksgiving recipes I can do on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Turkey and dressing are the two main foods I prepare in the oven. I also use the oven for the pies and cakes. I will sorely miss my corn casserole, but almost everything else is done on the stovetop anyway. My big problem will be timing my preparation,
I can buy some freshly sliced turkey from the deli if I want to make it easy. We have friends who have deep fried their turkeys. I hear they are delicious. But fried foods are not so friendly to my stomach. We won’t be doing that.
I could buy some Stove Top Stuffing, or I could prepare my dressing in the crockpot. I won’t be able to use cornbread, but I can improvise. This can be done Thanksgiving morning. When I would have normally been slipping the turkey into the oven, I can put the dressing in the crockpot. The only problem I can see is not having room in the crockpot to make a large enough supply of dressing for 15 very hungry people.
I will need:
32 slices dry bread, toasted in the toaster
2 medium onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 1/3 tbsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. black pepper
4 cans cream of chicken soup
4 Tbsp. Butter
Grease slow cooker. Crumble bread into mixing bowl. Add all the ingreadients except the butter. Pour mixture into the crockpot and dot with butter. Cook on low 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours or on high for 2 hours.
I will need:
20 oz. can pitted sour cherries
¼ cup white sugar
1 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin
2 egg yolks
1/8 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. almond extract
¼ tsp. red food coloring
2 egg whites
¼ cup white sugar
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
Let cherries sit in juice with 1/4 cup sugar for 2 hours.
Drain juice off cherries into a saucepan. Soften gelatin in the cherry juice. Mix in egg yolks and salt. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes, until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract, red food color, and cherries. Chill until thick, but not coagulated.
In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into cherry mixture. Fold in whipped cream until no streaks remain. Pour into graham cracker crust. Chill in refrigerator.
What is Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie? I found a recipe for No Bake Pumpkin Pie on Allrecipes.com as well.
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
I will need:
1 (9 inch)prepared graham cracker crust
1 (.25 oz) pkg. unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
In a heavy saucepan combine gelatin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in condensed milk and beaten eggs, mixing well. Let stand one minute, then place on burner over low heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes, or until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
Stir in pumpkin, mixing thoroughly, and pour mixture into graham cracker crust. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.
It is very possible to do Thanksgiving dinner without an oven. You definitely have to prepare by getting together all of your recipes ahead of time. And you can prepare certain parts of the meals, such as the pies, a day or two ahead of the big day. Then wake up early on Thanksgiving morning and get ready for several hours of prep time.
I found my crockpot dressing on About.com
Dessert Cherry Pie Allrecipes.com
No bake Pumpkin Pie Allrecipes.com