The Ranch Kitchen: Holiday Favorites

HRL is delighted to share a few of Alise’s favorite things in the kitchen this season…but check out the whole round up at The Ranch Kitchen! She’s got you covered from breakfast to dinner, with snacks and drinks too!

– Cristina Miller, Creative Director, HRL

Alise Nolan & Family, The Ranch Kitchen

Alise Nolan & Family, The Ranch Kitchen

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast from The Ranch Kitchen

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast from The Ranch Kitchen

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast

Prep Time 15 Minutes | Cooking Time 1 Hour | Serves 8

Take your turkey breast from good to fabulous by wrapping it with bacon and letting it bake in chicken broth! Perfect dish for small family gatherings when a large turkey is just too much! Smaller turkey breasts are both economical and just the right size for smaller – COVID-friendly – Thanksgiving celebrations this year. Hormel has some great turkey breasts that are already seasoned with a BBQ flavored spice combination, or you can use any spice you love. Happy Thanksgiving 2020 – May we all celebrate together again soon and may we all be rid of this pandemic! -Alise Nolan, November 2020


  • 1 2 – 3 pound or larger turkey breast

  • 1 package of bacon – about 9 – 10 slices (I like the thin bacon for this recipe)

  • 1/4 cup Canola, vegetable or grapeseed oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to season turkey

  • 2 cups turkey broth

  • 2 – 3 tablespoon(s) BBQ or Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning to season turkey before wrapping with bacon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Prep a baking dish or rimmed cookie sheet with foil that has been sprayed with cooking oil.

  • Next place ten slices of bacon on the cookie sheet, side by side.

  • Place the turkey on top of the turkey breast fast side down and wrap bacon around it.

  • Pin with toothpicks or not. Gently flip over turkey breast so that the bacon end pieces are under your turkey breast.

  • Pour in chicken broth and wrap with foil. I make foil packets that totally cover and keep in steam as the turkey bakes.

  • Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hour or until juices run clear when cutting into the turkey breast. Roast for the last 15 minutes uncovered to allow the bacon to crisp.

  • Take out of the oven and allow to sit for ten minutes. Carve with a very sharp knife and serve in 1/2 to 1 inch slices.

HRL Side Dish Suggestions: Balance this decadence with a lighter Winter Salad or sweet Roasted Asparagus…or go for classics like Cheesy Mac and Cheese or Whole30 Potatoes A La Rosemary! -CM

Sweeter Than Pumpkin Pie Spread from The Ranch Kitchen

Sweeter Than Pumpkin Pie Spread from The Ranch Kitchen

Sweeter Than Pumpkin Pie Spread

Prep Time 15 Minutes | Serves 12

This fabulous fall spread goes over well at potlucks, family parties and as a sweet snack when you want to dip it and not slice it! (From the blog: I find that not everyone wants a piece of pie or cake at gatherings, so this fun little dessert side is just enough of a bite when you are either watching your calories or want a tiny taste of sweetness. You could even make these easily into bite-sized servings in small clear plastic bowls with a cookie on the side of it. Now, how cute would that be?)


  • 1 – 15 ounce can of pumpkin

  • 1 block of cream cheese – 8 ounce softened

  • 1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 – 8 ounce Cool Whip


  • Whip pumpkin with cream cheese.

  • Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Blend well.

  • Fold in Cool Whip.

  • Place in a dish and serve. If serving outside in warmer weather, place a bowl of ice underneath the spread.

  • If you want the orange color to be a little more pronounced, add food coloring to get the desired consistency…but I did not do this to my recipe.

  • Serve with graham crackers, ginger snap, or vanilla wafer cookies.  

For more recipes to meet all needs – short on time, special dietary needs, and more – head on over to The Ranch Kitchen…you’ll find something for everyone! HRL and TRK wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very joyous 2021!