Libby's Perfect Pumpkin Palate Pleasers
November 2021 Issue
by Lindsay Gifford
Photos, Recipes and Information provided by McCormick
As the holidays draw near, stained and well-loved cookbooks get pulled out for tried and true family recipes. And if you're like me, when I pack my bags to head home for Thanksgiving, my McCormick spices are sure to be in them.
McCormick's familiar red label and quality herbs and spices have been thrilling people’s taste buds all over the world for nearly 125 years, with no end in sight. McCormick boasts about their quest for flavor and passion for creating endless excitement as they meet the demand for “food personality” by delivering the deepest and broadest range of flavors and ingredients. Their vision for fascinating food inspires people to try bold flavor ideas, collaborate and brainstorm—all while having fun doing it. "Great-tasting meals start with pure flavor, and flavor is the heart of everything we do here." It’s amazing what spices can do. They can make a dish zesty, or sweet, or spicy, or herby—but always delicious.
This Thanksgiving we encourage you to enjoy traditional fare, and maybe a few twists! While our table has its must-haves, there’s always room for fun and flavorful new dishes to try, especially on the coast. In fact, we’re bringing you two succulent, seafood inspired starters that are sure to be palate pleasers. Read on for a light seasoning of some of McCormick’s all-time favorites, and for even more, log on to www.mccormick.com for more great recipes from the taste you trust. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy these tasty twists on tradition!
Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Combine two popular holiday desserts into one delightful treat with this recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Pie. Flavored with McCormick® pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract, it’s loaded with pecans and creamy, pumpkin-y taste and texture. So good, you’ll want to keep this recipe around long after the holidays are gone.
Prep time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 40 mins | Servings: 8 | Pictured Top
1 refrigerated Pie crust (from 14.1 oz pkg)
1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated Sugar
2 Tbsps Flour
2 tsps McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 tsps McCormick® All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
2 cups Pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup light Corn syrup
3 Tbsps Butter, melted
1/4 tsp Salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare crust as directed on package for one-crust pie using 9-inch deep dish pie plate. Mix pumpkin, granulated sugar, eggs, flour, pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla in medium bowl until well blended and smooth. Pour into pie crust. Sprinkle pecans evenly over pumpkin layer. Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla and salt in another medium bowl until smooth. Slowly pour corn syrup mixture over pecans. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until just set in center. Cool completely on wire rack.
Old Bay Steamed Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Get the party started with this classic steamed shrimp recipe made with OLD BAY Seasoning. Done in just 8 minutes, these zesty steamed shrimp will be the life of the party. Just serve with OLD BAY cocktail sauce and lively conversation for a quick and easy meal your guests will love!
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 3 mins | Servings: 8
1/2 cup Cider vinegar or beer
1/2 cup Water
2 Tbsps OLD BAY® Classic Seafood Seasoning
1 lb. large Shrimp, peeled and deveined, leaving tails on
1 cup OLD BAY® Cocktail Sauce
In a medium saucepan mix vinegar, water and OLD BAY. Bring to boil on medium heat. Gently stir in shrimp, then cover. Steam 2 to 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Drain well. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until hungry guests arrive.
Old Bay Hot Crab Dip
Breathe new flavor into an old favorite and learn how to make crab dip with this OLD BAY-seasoned seafood dip recipe. This crab dip with cream cheese gets a boost of flavor from juicy lump crabmeat, shredded Cheddar cheese and your favorite seafood seasoning: OLD BAY!
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Servings: 28
1 pkg (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 tsps OLD BAY® Classic Seafood Seasoning
1/2 tsp McCormick® Ground Mustard
1 lb. Lump crabmeat
1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, Old Bay Seasoning and ground mustard in medium bowl until well blended. Add crabmeat; toss gently. Spread in shallow
1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and additional Old Bay Seasoning, if desired. Bake 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with assorted crackers or sliced French bread.
Perfect Turkey Gravy
Make the holidays extra special with Perfect Turkey Gravy. Great flavor and no lumps.
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Servings: 15
2 pkgs McCormick® Turkey Gravy Seasoning Mix
1/4 cup Flour
3 cups Water
1 cup Turkey pan drippings (or turkey broth)
1 cup cooked Turkey giblets, chopped (optional)
Mix Gravy Seasoning Mix and flour in large saucepan. Gradually stir in water and turkey drippings with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in chopped turkey giblets, if desired. Stirring frequently, cook on medium-high heat until gravy comes to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. (Gravy will continue to thicken upon standing.)
Flavorful Twist: White Wine & Herb Turkey Gravy: Prepare gravy as directed, reducing water to 21/4 cups. Stir 3 tablespoons white wine and 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Rubbed Sage into prepared gravy.
FRENCH’S Green Bean Casserole
Creamy mushroom sauce surrounded by tender green beans, topped with the crunchy flavor of French’s Crispy Fried Onions make this holiday casserole an instant classic. The Twist: You can use fresh, frozen or canned green beans for this dish. Just add a dash (or two) of black pepper to kick up the spice in this family favorite.
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 35 mins | Servings: 6
1 can (10.5 oz) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
3/4 cup Milk
1/8 tsp McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
2 cans (14.5 oz each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans (see tips below)
11/3 cups French’s® Original Crispy Fried Onions, divided
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cream of mushroom soup, milk and pepper in 11/2-quart baking dish. Stir in green beans and 2/3 cup Crispy Fried Onions. Bake 30 minutes or until hot. Stir. Top with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until onions are golden brown.
To Make Ahead: Prepare this casserole right up until the baking step and freeze it! Thaw in the fridge the night before baking, or increase the bake time by 15 minute increments until the center reaches 160°F.
Test Kitchen Tips:
1) For a kick of spice, double the black pepper in this green bean casserole recipe to 1/4 teaspoon and prepare as directed.
2) To feed a crowd, double the recipe and prepare in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Use an entire 6-ounce container of Crispy Fried Onions, reserving 1 1/3 cup for the topping. Increase cooking time to 40 minutes or until heated through.
3) If using fresh or frozen green beans, make sure to cook them first! Blanch fresh green beans until tender, or steam frozen beans as directed on package. You can sub 4 cups trimmed fresh or frozen green beans, cooked.
Savory Herb Rub Roasted Turkey
Fragrant herbs bring mouthwatering aroma and show-stopping flavor to this holiday favorite. Be sure to reserve the pan juices to make Perfect Turkey Gravy.
Prep time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 3 hr 30 mins | Servings: 12
2 Tbsps McCormick® Poultry Seasoning (or rubbed sage)
1 Tbsp McCormick® Paprika
1 Tbsp Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt
2 tsps McCormick® Garlic Powder
1 tsp McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
3/4 tsp McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
1 whole Turkey, (12 to 14 lbs), fresh or frozen, thawed
1 large Onion, cut into wedges
6 McCormick® Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
Place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Mix poultry seasoning, paprika, seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper and nutmeg in small bowl. Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Sprinkle about 1/2 of the seasoning mixture inside turkey. Stuff with onion and bay leaves. Brush turkey breast with oil. Spread remaining seasoning mixture over entire surface and under skin of turkey. Add 1/2 cup water to pan. Cover turkey loosely with heavy duty foil. Roast 1 hour. Remove foil. Roast 2 to 21/2 hours longer, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (175°F in thigh), basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes. Transfer to platter or carving board to slice. Reserve pan juices to make gravy, or to serve with turkey.
Classic Herb Stuffing
Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without this traditional stuffing recipe. This savory dish features poultry seasoning and thyme for a holiday tradition that’s sure not to disappoint.
Prep time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 40 mins | Servings: 18
1 cup (2 sticks) Butter
2 cups Celery, chopped
1 cup Onion, chopped
2 tsps McCormick® Thyme Leaves
11/2 tsps McCormick® Poultry Seasoning
1 tsp Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt
1/2 tsp McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
12 cups dry unseasoned Bread cubes
4 cups Chicken broth
Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes. Stir in thyme, poultry seasoning, seasoned salt and pepper. Place bread cubes in large bowl. Add celery mixture and broth; toss gently until well mixed. Spoon into lightly greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Bake 35 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.
Easy Vanilla Cinnamon Whipped Coffee
Creamy, whipped instant coffee made with McCormick® Ground Cinnamon, ice and milk? We’re here for it. Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for peak Instagram-ability.
Prep time: 5 mins | Servings: 1
2 Tbsps boiling Water
1 Tbsp granulated Sugar
2 tsps Instant coffee (or espresso powder)
1/8 tsp McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
1 cup Milk
1/8 tsp McCormick® All Natural Pure
Place boiling water, sugar, instant coffee and cinnamon in medium bowl. Mix just until combined. Beat mixture with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Mix milk and vanilla in 12- to 16-ounce glass. Add desired amount of ice. Spoon whipped coffee mixture over milk in glass. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon, if desired. Stir just before serving.
Test Kitchen Tips:
1) For stronger whipped coffee, try using espresso powder.
2) Use your favorite non-dairy milk. Great with almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk.
3) For a flavorful twist, try with different extracts in place of vanilla. Stir in raspberry, almond, maple, or any of your favorite McCormick Extracts. We suggest starting with a small amount of extract and adding more to taste.
4) Prefer hot coffee over iced? Warm the milk and don’t add ice! Note: Your whipped coffee will melt quickly over hot milk, so take your Insta-worthy pics right away!
Slow Cooker Oatmeal Apple Cobbler
Prep time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 3 hrs | Servings: 10
Fall in love with apple cobbler all over again with this easy slow cooker recipe. Load apple slices into the cooker to soak up cinnamon and brown sugar, creating a warm, tender filling. Top with baking mix, oats, sugar, cinnamon, and butter to create an irresistible cobbler topping. This spotlight on peak-of-season fruit is (dare we say) as good, if not better than its oven-baked cousin.
5 medium Gala apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup All-purpose baking mix, such as Bisquick®
1 tsp McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream for Topping:
1 cup Heavy cream
1/4 cup Confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp McCormick® Vanilla Bean Paste
Oatmeal Cobbler Topping:
1 cup All-purpose baking mix, such as Bisquick®
1/2 cup quick cooking Oats
1/2 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. For the Apple Filling, toss apple slices, brown sugar, baking mix and cinnamon in large bowl. Place in slow cooker. For the Cobbler Topping, mix all ingredients, except butter, in medium bowl. Cut in butter with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over Apple Filling. Cover. Cook 3 hours on high. Serve this warm apple cobbler topped with a sweet Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream! Simply beat heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and McCormick® Vanilla Bean Paste in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.