Greenhorn Round Up

Cowboys and Holiday Cookin’

Greenhorn Gang - Monday, November 10, 2014

With the holiday season upon us, good food and cheer is near. There is something magical about this time of year when friends and family gather to celebrate over good old-fashion home cookin’. So, to jump into the spirit, we thought it might be nice to share some of our favorite classic cowboy recipes for this holiday season. Because everyone loves dessert, let’s start with this easy-to-make cowboy classic -Sweet Potato Pie.


Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 3 c. cooked mashed sweet potatoes (if canned, drain well)
  • 1/2 c. margarine
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • Combine all ingredients together. Whip until smooth. Pour into cooked pie shell. Cover top with chopped pecans or walnuts. Good served warm or cold.

    Why not try corn fritters, a favorite cowboy accompaniment and side dish this holiday season.


    Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 2 cups corn bread mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil

    Put the corn bread mix in a bowl and blend with a fork. Gradually add the water. Be careful not to over-blend. The dough should be quite stiff. Add the corn, which should be well drained. Put about one-fourth of the oil in a skillet and heat. Ladle the batter into the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes, turning once. Serve with syrup, honey or butter. This recipe makes about 12 fritters.

    And of course, good old fashion turkey.


    Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 - 16 - 20 lb turkey (fresh is better than frozen)
  • 1 lb of fresh sausage
  • 4 pkgs of bread cubes with the spices included
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 medium size red onion
  • 3 fresh apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 pkg dried apricots
  • 1 pkg dried peaches
  • 1 pkg dried pears
  • 1 box raisins
  • 1/2 lb walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 lb butter, melted
  • Chicken or turkey broth
  • 1/2 gal apple cider (apple juice may be used)
  • 1/4 lb. butter (this is for the basting sauce)


    Chop onions and celery medium fine - not too large, but not too small. Brown sausage then sauté onions and celery in sausage drippings. Cut dried fruit into quarters. In a very large bowl or pot, add one bag of bread cubes with envelope of seasoning (sage, poultry seasoning, garlic, and etc.). Add some sausage, onion & celery mixture, sliced apples, and each type of dried fruit, raisins, and walnuts. Add the next bag of bread cubes and repeat the layering. Do this until all the dry ingredients are used. Add the melted butter followed by chicken broth or turkey broth and mix the dressing until you obtain the desired texture or moisture you like.

    Stuff the turkey. Place extra dressing in a casserole dish and bake.

    Put the apple cider and 1/4 lb butter, then warm the cider until the butter melts. Stir the mixture before basting. Baste every 30 - 45 min. until turkey is done. Follow baking directions for temperature and cooking time as per instructions on turkey.


    Although you can probably find these recipes almost anywhere, we’d like site our resource for Old West Cookin’ at Legends of America. For these tasty and fixin’s and a whole lot more this holiday season visit


    So Happy Holidays, and start this season off bright with something made with love from your kitchen to share with family and friends.


    Happy Trails! 

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