5 Best Thanksgiving Recipes to “Wow” and Socialize with your Guests
Thanksgiving has traditionally been a time for big family gatherings, reunions and homecomings. It can strike up some trembling nerves, particularly when preparing for the traditional family Thanksgiving dinner. Why not? Everybody is looking forward to a sumptuous meal that has, as yet, has also gained the reputation for overstuffing — much the same way that the turkeys are stuffed each year.
Hosting this tradition can be stressful but, if you do your research well, and probably even throw in some practice sessions weeks before the big feast, you’ll be fine. Dish up a special Thanksgiving treat while keeping it simple with these 5 Thanksgiving recipes:
1. Pumpkin Soup
Boil pumpkin with chicken stock or vegetable stock in a casserole. Once soft and fluffy, mash up. Bring to simmer then add in fresh milk, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Reduce. Serve soup with flat bread. Mix in olive oil with vinaigrette as bread dipping.
2. Butter, Lemon and Honey-glazed Turkey. Rather than stuffing your turkey, let your starchy sidings take care of the family’s love for carbs. Simply baste your turkey with butter, lemon and honey. Add in a pinch of salt, pepper, rosemary and onion chives for flavor. Bake and turn occasionally. Serve up with your sidings.
3. Green Bean Mix Up
With so much stuffing meals on the table, it wouldn’t hurt to throw in another side dish that’s got more greens to it than starches or fats. Keep this dish simple by lining a casserole with your beans then drizzling it with olive oil, onion chives, garlic and mushrooms (any kind will do). Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or under to keep the beans crispy and fresh.
4. Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Sausage and Pecans. You will need large potatoes, the most tasteful sausage that you can find and ground, unsalted pecans. Boil the potatoes until half cooked. While the potatoes are cooking, fry your sausages. Throw in some garlic, minced onions, salt, pepper and herbs as preferred. Halve halfway to the center of each cooked potato. Line with butter or olive oil. Stuff the sausages in. Add some more herbs and top with pecan. Bake at 350 degrees in the oven for 15 minutes.
5. Pecan Pie
Save yourself prep time by getting those ready made pie crusts. For the filling, melt 3 tablespoons of solid butter. Add brown sugar, beaten eggs and corn syrup. Mix until well incorporated. Drop whole pecans into the mixture. Cool the mixture for a few minutes but take care not to wait for it to solidify before pouring into your dough. Bake for 1 hour or until the filling solidifies.
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Thanksgiving dinners are meant to be spent exchanging warm conversations with the family and not being away in the kitchen to cook up complicated Thanksgiving recipes that are mostly bound to become leftovers anyway. Cook just the right amount of food you and your guests can consume and keep it as simple yet as tasty as you can.