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Pumpkin Bars


Makes 12 bars with 1 1/2 cups frosting
Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake lavished with cream cheese frosting: you know you can’t resist.

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pure pumpkin puree (from a 15-ounce can)
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature

Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
Pinch coarse salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush bottom and sides of an 8-by-12-inch cake pan with butter. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Brush parchment with butter.

Whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree and milk; set aside

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, and beat until combined. On low speed add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of pumpkin mixture, and beating until just combined after each.

Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth top with spatula. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make Frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, and pinch of salt until light and creamy, 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until incorporated.

Assemble: Unmold cake. Using an offset spatula, spread icing over top of cake. Cut into 12 bars.
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Apple, Butternut and Sausage Dressing


20 servings (3/4 cup each)
I’d heard about using squash in dressing, so I combined four things I love into one dish: apples, butternut squash, bacon and maple sausage. Now, it’s one of the most requested dishes during the holidays. — Brenda Crouch, Ansley, Nebraska

Ingredients

1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled and cubed
3 medium tart apples, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
1 pound maple pork sausage
4 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, shredded
6 cups seasoned stuffing cubes, divided
2 cups crushed multigrain Club Crackers (2-1/2×1 inch) (about 40 crackers)
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cooked long grain rice
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup butter, cubed

Directions

Preheat oven to 425F. Place squash and apples on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast until tender, about 25 minutes. Reduce oven setting to 375F.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings.

Add sausage, celery, onions and carrots to pan; cook over medium-high heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.

Transfer to a large bowl. Add 5 cups stuffing cubes, crackers, evaporated milk, soup, eggs, rice, sour cream, seasonings and reserved squash mixture and bacon; toss. Transfer to two greased 13×9-in. baking dishes. Lightly crush remaining 1 cup stuffing cubes. Sprinkle over tops; dot with butter.

Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbly and lightly browned, 15-20 minutes longer.

Taste of Home
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Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies


We doubled the best part of a pot pie—the crust—for an indulgent take on a classic dish.
Pre-baking the bottom crust ensures that it stays golden and crisp, not soggy.
6 (serving size: 1 pot pie)

Ingredients

2 (14.1-oz.) pkg. refrigerated piecrusts
1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, divided
2 (6-oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 1/2 cups diced russet potato (about 1 small)
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (from 1 onion)
1/2 cup diced carrot (about 1 small)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic (about 3 garlic cloves)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon water

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Let piecrusts stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Unroll 2 piecrusts onto a lightly floured surface. Cut 3 (5-inch) circles from each crust.

Gently roll each circle into an 8-inch round. Coat 6 (12-ounce) ramekins with cooking spray. Gently fit 1 piecrust round into each ramekin, lining the bottom and sides.

Gently crimp dough over the top edge of ramekin to secure it. Prick dough with a fork along bottom and sides. Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 13 to 16 minutes.

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Add chicken; cook until done, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove from pan; let stand 10 minutes.

Shred the chicken.

Add remaining 6 tablespoons butter to skillet. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add potato, onion, carrot, thyme, garlic, and oregano to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes.

Whisk together flour and 1/2 cup of the stock in a small bowl, and add to skillet. Stir in salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and remaining 2 cups stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in peas, cream, and shredded chicken. Transfer mixture to a bowl, and cool 10 minutes

Stir together egg yolk and water in a small bowl.

Unroll remaining 2 piecrusts onto lightly floured surface. Cut 3 (5-inch) circles from each piecrust. Gently roll each circle into a 5 1/2-inch round. Fill each ramekin with about 3/4 cup chicken mixture, pressing down to level mixture.

Top each ramekin with 1 (5 1/2-inch) dough round, pressing to seal to bottom crust. Brush tops with egg mixture, and, if desired, top with leaf cutouts or rounds from extra dough. Cut small slits in tops of dough to vent steam.

Bake at 400F until golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes.

By Southern Living
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Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Topping


8 Servings
Sweet potatoes are spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and enriched with cream, brown sugar, and maple syrup for the flavorful filling of this pie. A candied pecan topping takes it over the top. Source: Everyday Food, November 2005

Ingredients

2 to 3 sweet potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 large eggs
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 prebaked Pie Crust for Sweet Potato Pie, or 1 frozen store-bought (9-inch) crust
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup pecans, broken into pieces

Directions

To make the sweet potato puree, cover sweet potatoes with water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 15 minutes. Drain; puree in a food processor until completely smooth. Let cool completely before using (refrigerate or freeze for quicker cooling).

To make filling, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and maple syrup until smooth. Add sweet-potato puree, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 3/4 cup cream; whisk until completely smooth. Place cooled crust on a rimmed baking sheet; pour filling into crust. (If using a store-bought crust, defrost 10 minutes; prick bottom all over with a fork.)

Bake pie on lowest rack of oven until filling is set, about 50 minutes. If crust browns too quickly, tent edges with foil. Transfer pie to a rack to cool, 1 hour; transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.

To make the pecan topping, melt butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add remaining 1/2 cup light-brown sugar and pecans. Cook, stirring, until sugar is incorporated and the mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining tablespoon cream; let cool 1 to 2 minutes. Pour mixture over cooled pie. With a butter knife or spatula, spread mixture over pie. Cool until topping has hardened, about 30 minutes. (Do not refrigerate again; keep pie in a cool place up to 6 hours.)
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower


12 servings (1/2 cup each)
My grandkids were never huge fans of cauliflower, but the bacon makes a big difference in this dish. They like it even more with golden cauliflower instead of white. — Patricia Hudson, Riverview, Florida

Ingredients

8 bacon strips, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
4 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
4 cups fresh cauliflowerets
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Additional grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon.

In a large bowl, mix the garlic, oil, butter, salt, pepper and reserved drippings. Add Brussels sprouts and cauliflower; toss to coat. Transfer to 2 greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans.

Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle each pan with 2 tablespoons cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with bacon and, if desired, additional cheese.

Taste of Home
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Turkey Tetrazzini


Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
2/3 cup milk
1 (16-ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
3 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey, chicken, or ham
12 ounces thin spaghetti, cooked
1 (10-ounce) package frozen petite peas, thawed
1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 1/2 cups shredded baby Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup crushed garlic-and-onion seasoned croutons
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Whisk together soup and milk in large mixing bowl; whisk in Alfredo sauce. Stir in chopped turkey, next 4 ingredients, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Pour into a lightly greased 15- x 10-inch baking dish.

Stir together remaining Parmesan cheese, crushed croutons, and paprika; sprinkle evenly over casserole.

Bake, covered, at 375F for 30 minutes. Uncover, and bake 15 more minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Chef’s Notes

Note: Casserole may be assembled and frozen up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight; bake, covered, at 350F for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. If you prefer a smaller casserole, use 2 (11- x 7-inch) baking dishes. Proceed as directed.

By Southern Living
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Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies


Makes 16
Chocolate and pumpkin make a frightfully gooey pair in these creamy pumpkin-swirl brownies.

Ingredients

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups solid-pack pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts or other nuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan or dish. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; butter lining.

Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, cayenne, and salt in a large bowl; set aside. Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat until fluffy and well combined, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in flour mixture.

Divide batter between 2 medium bowls (about 2 cups per bowl). Stir chocolate mixture into one bowl. In other bowl, stir in pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Transfer half of chocolate batter to prepared pan smoothing top with a rubber spatula. Top with half of pumpkin batter. Repeat to make 1 more chocolate layer and 1 more pumpkin layer. Work quickly so batters don’t set.

With a small spatula or a table knife, gently swirl the 2 batters to create a marbled effect. Sprinkle with nuts.

Bake until set, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.
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