Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.
I love food. That’s all there is to it. I love the turkey, the stuffing, the green bean casserole, the corn, the mashed potatoes and gravy; maybe not so much the cranberry sauce. The rolls, the pecan pie (NOT the pumpkin pie), the appetizers and yes, I truly pay for it afterwards, just like most people. Oh yeah, can’t forget the sweet potatoes and rolls!
What about family and friends? A day to come together, eat, drink and watch football: or if you are like me, peruse the Black Friday Ads; making a strategic plan of if I have to get out of bed and actually go someplace at 5 am or can I just purchase it online: that’s the way I usually go, online!
So, in order to help you decide your Thanksgiving meal, I have scouted, collected, pinned (click here
for my Pinterest Board) and here I will post; What is on my table every year!
You can never have too many appetizers. Can you? How do you control your hunger?
eggs, mayo, mustard, salt/pepper, paprika and white vinegar.
My favorite is a simple Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball
cream cheese (I would even substitute a block of cream cheese for a block of cream cheese mixed with chives), cheddar cheese, bacon, green onion, Worcestershire sauce. Not a fan of the pecans on the outside, I would cook more bacon and use instead of the pecans.
You can include: grape tomatoes, carrots, celery, green, red or/and yellow peppers, olives (both green and black), radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, midget pickles (both dill and sweet), mushrooms, cucumbers and whatever else you want to add to it. Add some home made Ranch Dip and you are good to go!
When I do mine, I use 2 lemons, 2 oranges & 1 white or yellow onion. I stuff the cavity with these after I have cut them into 1/4’s. I baste my bird with butter, onion & garlic powder, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Love how juicy it is and the hints of the citrus in the meat is YUMMO!
I am no pro at gravy, unless it’s cream gravy. So, I use the jarred gravy (see, I HAVE to make real potatoes as everything else is pretty much canned, frozen, or jarred)
In my Thanksgiving (rule) book, one should never use instant potatoes for Turkey dinner. I know, I know, they are more convenient and easier, but I saw, if I have to make instant potatoes, I won’t make them at all. Just a personal preference.
salt & pepper, butter and cream, simple and easy. You could add cream cheese, cheddar cheese or even garlic.
While I frown upon instant potatoes, I find I can’t compete with instant stuffing mix. I eat this as dinner on some nights, I love it that much!
**Ever tried Stuffin Muffins? Click here
for the recipe
I use frozen corn. I find it has a better flavor than canned and it holds more of the “nutrients” (not sure how much nutrients corn has, but…) All I add is some butter, salt & pepper. I love to mix it up too, some yellow and some white corn!
Note: If I don’t have potatoes and corn, my boys aren’t happy. They will mix them together and they make a HUGE pile of it.
Here, I use the can version; I know… Sweet potatoes (in sauce from the can), some butter pats on top and then brown sugar and of course Marshmallows. Be careful here…marshmallows are highly flammable and I’m not saying there has ever been a dish of sweet potatoes that have ever caught fire on one or more occasions, I’m just sayin, be careful.
**Note, no firemen were involved in any of the alleged fires
Fried onions, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, (soy sauce ?) milk and pepper
Your preference here. I would rather make them, but who has time anymore? I love the frozen ones more than I like the brown and serve ones. Don’t forget to get extras for the left over turkey sandwiches.
Pecans, eggs, corn syrup, cinnamon, butter and vanilla. Heaven on a plate!
Don’t forget the freshly made whipped cream or maybe even vanilla ice cream!
Pumpkin Pie….from a store (remember, I don’t like it so, I won’t make it… OK, that’s not really true. I will make one, IF I have time)
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward
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