Holiday Roast with Chimichurri

holiday roast

We are all about some turkey in our house. I love trying different cooking methods in search of the perfect juicy bird. For those of you that do not want to go the traditional route this year I definitely recommend trying a beef roast. It is even easier to prep than a turkey and it is absolutely delicious with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides.

holiday roast

The chimichurri is so fresh! I love drizzling it over the roast and veggies. Honestly we like dipping super soft rolls into our sauce too! I like a super thick crust on my roast. You do not have to char your meat as much as I did, but I promise it was fantastic! I just love the difference in textures between a crunchy seasoned crust and super juicy buttery meat.

holiday roast

Smoked Gouda mashed potatoes are totally optional, but a big must in our house! The meat is so perfect by itself you could just roast off whatever veggies you have and serve.

holiday roast

My all time favorite sandwiches consist of prime rib or roast beef. Layers of beef with a horseradish mayo, fresh lettuce, tomato, and peppers with some sort of melty cheese.  I blame my dad. To this day he lives to find hole in the wall restaurants with incredible prime rib sandwiches.

Holiday Roast with Chimichurri
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4-6
 
Flavorful crusted beef roast with fresh chimichurri.
Ingredients
  • For the beef-
  • One beef roast or prime rib round 8 pounds (more or less based on your serving needs)
  • 5 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 tsp of sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • For the chimichurri:
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup of chopped fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • juice from one large lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp of honey
Instructions
  1. Use a fork to poke holes all over the beef roast
  2. In a large bowl mix together the water, Worcestershire, soy sauce, red pepper, garlic, sugar
  3. Add the beef and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  4. Dry the beef with paper towels and sprinkled liberally with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano
  5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  6. In a large pan add a little olive oil and on medium high heat sear the meat on each side
  7. Move to a roasting pan and drizzle with a little more olive oil
  8. Roast for 30 minutes then check the internal temp
  9. (I just leave the thermometer in and cook until 120 degrees)
  10. Drizzle a little melted butter over the top and add a little more salt and pepper (just a pinch)
  11. Cook until 130 degrees for medium rare
  12. Let rest for at least 15 minutes this will bring the temp to around 135-140
  13. For the chimichurri:
  14. In a food processor combined all the ingredients and pulse until smooth
  15. Add more olive oil if you want a more liquid consistency
  16. Season with the salt and pepper to your taste

This roast is so juicy and packed full of flavor! You can even slice up the leftovers (if you have any!) for roast beef sandwiches! Just imagine a little of that roast on a soft fluffy roll with the chimichurri… yuuuum.

holiday roast

Don’t forget to tag me @kelliericecakes if you try this recipe out!!!! Happy eating! 🙂

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Easy Sugar Cookie Cut Outs

christmas cookies

christmas cookies

Every year without fail I hear the first Christmas song and I find myself in the kitchen mixing together this sugar cookie dough. Something about sugar cookies just screams Christmas to me. These cookies have a lot of vanilla and a hint of almond. This dough makes a great cut out cookie because it does not spread.

christmas cookies

I remember the first few times I made sugar cookies with cut outs and I didn’t know you had to chill the dough… They pretty much all spread into one huge sheet cookie. After many mistakes and lots of practice I believe I have it down to a science.

Soft buttery centers with a lightly crisp corner. I actually prefer them the next day. If you let them sit in a air tight container or bag they have a much nicer crumb. They taste delicious either way.

christmas cookies

You definitely cannot forget the sprinkles! Christmas sprinkles are my all time favorite. I cannot wait until this time of year when I get to break out all my favorites in my sprinkle collection! These little white snow flakes are adorable and go with everything. I am also a sucker for all colored jimmie sprinkles.

Easy Sugar Cookie Cut Outs
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 12 cookies
 
Buttery vanilla sugar cookies with a hint of almond.
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ sticks of room temp salted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of water
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • ⅓ tbsp of almond extract
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • For the icing:
  • ¼ cup of light corn syrup
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp of almond extract
  • 1 tbsp of whipping cream
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg.
  3. Beat until incorporated and very fluffy.
  4. Add the extracts and water.
  5. Mix in the flour and baking powder at a low setting.
  6. Flour your hands and shape the dough into a ball.
  7. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.
  8. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set the butter.
  9. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  10. Use different cookie cutters to cut out the dough.
  11. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
  12. Lay out the cookie cut outs and refrigerate again for 15 minutes.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  14. The edges should just barely start to turn golden.
  15. Let rest on the baking sheet until cool.
  16. For the icing:
  17. Mix together all the ingredients.
  18. Icing should be thick, but easy to spread.
  19. Use food coloring if desired.
  20. Decorate with sprinkles!
  21. Let sit on the counter for an hour to set the icing.

christmas cookies

Don’t forget lots and lots of colored sugars! They remind me of my grandmothers spritz cookies. Light little butter cookies covered in sanding sugar. Perfect for serving Santa himself! 😉

snowflake cookies

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Cajun Turkey Plus Spicy Stuffing

cajun turkey

Every year I make an herb stuffed turkey. This year we wanted to try something a little different. We have been trying out so many cajun recipes lately and thought we would spice up our normal Thanksgiving routine.

cajun turkey

I confess I did buy one of those little cajun spice injector kits, but the seasoning for the crust is really what takes it over the top! I made a 12 pound turkey so we would have lots of left overs for the busy weekend ahead. This meat pair perfectly with whole wheat bread and all the fixings for a turkey sandwich!

cajun turkey

The skin came out perfect due to the cooking technique. Crank up the heat to 420 degrees for 30 minutes uncovered then lower the heat to 350 for the remaining 2.5 hours and cook with a layer of foil over the top.

Now lets talk about the stuffing. I almost always use my mom’s stuffing recipe. Fulled with fresh tart cranberry, spicy sausage and lots of veggies. To go along with the theme I skipped the cranberries and used andouille sausage over my usual ground sausage. This would be perfect on a serving platter stuffed into the turkey once both dishes are fully cooked. It is hard for me to ever say stuffing is “beautiful” but it sure is tasty!

Cajun Turkey and Spicy Stuffing
Recipe type: Turkey, Main Dish
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Serves: 6-8
 
Juicy cajun turkey with spicy stuffing!
Ingredients
  • For the turkey:
  • One turkey 10-12 lbs (cleaned and patted dry)
  • 1 jar of cajun injector butter with syringe OR 2 cups of melted butter with 2 tbsp of cajun seasoning mixed in
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • Roasting pan and foil
  • For the Stuffing:
  • ½ pound of andouille sausage sliced or chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 bag of stuffing bread crumbs, I used peppridge farm
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp of salted butter
  • 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees.
  2. Place the turkey in a roasting pan.
  3. Use the injector to insert the butter under the skin on the top layer, in the thighs, in the breast, and anywhere you think needs extra juice!
  4. Mix together the seasonings and rub them into the skin all over.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes then lower the heat to 350 degrees.
  6. Add the 2 cups of broth to the bottom of the roasting pan.
  7. Inject butter into the meat one more time.
  8. Cover with foil.
  9. Cook turkey for 2 more hours then start the stuffing.
  10. In a large oven safe sauce pan add the onions, celery and sausage.
  11. Cook until onions are translucent then add the butter.
  12. Add the remaining broth and bring to a boil. '
  13. Take off the heat and add bread crumbs and seasonings.
  14. Mix through and cover with foil.
  15. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  16. Uncover your turkey and spoon the broth over the top and anywhere that looks dry.
  17. Cook the turkey for another 30 minutes or until internal temp is 165.

cajun turkey

Happy holidays!

 

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