Easy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Make This Thanksgiving Dinner a No Brainer…Even For the Casserole Challenged

When we think about the holidays, we either think of them as a relaxing time with family and friends or a time where we sit around with a brown paper bag to combat our anxiety attacks over the inevitable question, “What dish are you preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner?” Well honey, throw away the bag, take a deep breath, and be prepared to answer with confidence because here are a few dishes that are simple, easy, and oh, so good! Don’t worry about a wild frenzied trip to the specialized grocery store, either. You will find most of these ingredients already in your pantry.

Please be advised-These may not be figure friendly recipes!

Of course, you will want to start with the traditional Thanksgiving center piece, the turkey. The biggest problem people run into with this seemingly simple meat (other than forgetting to lay it out about two days before you want to cook it) is having a dry turkey. To avoid this faux pas, Step 1: Rub your turkey down with butter. Step 2: Rub it down again. You then need to wrap your turkey in aluminum foil. Follow the directions on the turkey regarding the correct temperature and cooking time. People try to over season the turkey when it really doesn’t need much of anything.

The following three recipes are the side dishes. Be prepared to drool.

Corn Casserole

1 stick butter

1 can cream corn

1 can whole kernel corn (drained)

1 8 oz. container sour cream

1 box Jiffy food mix

2 eggs

Melt your butter in casserole dish. Slightly beat eggs and mix in butter, muffin mix, and sour cream. Add corn last. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Sweet Potato Soufflé

Soufflé

1 large can sweet potatoes

1/3 stick margarine

½ tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

½ c. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Topping

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup self rising flour

1/3 stick melted margarine

1 cup chopped pecans

Heat sweet potatoes. Mix all ingredients for soufflé and pour into buttered baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix first three topping ingredients thoroughly then add pecans. Sprinkle over top of soufflé (it may be thick so you may have to finger spread it). Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

8-10 large potatoes

2 large spoonfuls of mayonnaise

1 large spoonful of sour cream

½ cup milk

½ stick butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Peel your potatoes. Cut into one inch squares. Boil and drain. In a large bowl, pour in cubed potatoes along with all other ingredients. If you don’t mind lumps in your potatoes, use a hand held masher. If you like them smooth, use a mixer. Mix until ingredients are blended and desired texture is reached.

Finally, what is Thanksgiving without desserts? Here are two sure fire desserts to please everyone.

Pecan Pie

1 stick margarine, melted

1 ½ cups sugar

3 eggs

1 tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans **

1 pie shell, unbaked

Mix well. Turn into unbaked pie shell. Bake for 1 hour at 325.

**If you like coconut pie, substitute chopped pecans for 1 small can of coconut

Cheesecake

1 graham cracker pie crust

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla

1 8 oz. container Cool Whip

Beat cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. Blend sour cream and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping, blending well. Spoon into crust. Chill until set, at least four hours.

Most of these recipes are hand-me-downs that never wear out. If you were looking for gourmet style dishes, then you were probably disappointed. But for everyone else who came looking for an easy Thanksgiving meal, I hope you found what you were looking for. Happy Thanksgiving!

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