You may already have your menu lined up for Thursday, but in the event that you don’t, here are some tried and true Thanksgiving recipe ideas I have shared in past years. Who knows? You might discover some new favorites!
Mrs. Smith’s Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas Round-Up
Not to freak you out or anything, but it’s Monday which means your frozen turkey needs to start thawing out yesterday. But don’t worry. The thawing is the longest part of the whole turkey-cooking process.
Why is this your new favorite Thanksgiving turkey recipe?
- The bird is done in 2 hours or less.
- Every inch of skin gets golden and crisp.
- No slimy, nasty carcass to clean up later.
What comes after the turkey? Why, the gravy of course!
If you’ve always wanted to make your own rich, velvety gravy from scratch without lumps and aggravation, then you need these tips for your best gravy yet!
It doesn’t matter if the stuff is in a can or homemade–it’s not Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce! (I’m also a bit biased because it’s my favoritest part of the meal.)
Have a guest coming that always wants to help? Give them the task of making this. The sauce will be done in 15 minutes and the person will feel like they contributed.
Problem: You would like to serve fresh, homemade yeast rolls for Thanksgiving, but who wants to wait through all that dough-rising?
Solution: With this recipe, you can prep the dough 3 days in advance. An hour before dinner, just form, allow to rise for 30 minutes or so and bake.
The results? Fluffy, melt-in-your mouth rolls that friends and family will ask for year after year.
If you’re gonna eat lots of calories Thursday, why not make sure that they are the tastiest calories possible?
I’m talking, of course, about pie crust calories.
Please, do yourself a favor and do not succumb to frozen pie crust pressure. They are flimsy. They are bland. They are not worth your time. They are not worth your pig out day.
Instead, give this crust a shot because:
- You can mix it up in seconds in your food processor!
- It’s a forgiving crust that won’t tear every time you handle it.
- Did I mention it’s flaky AND fabulous?
Ok, I just shared 5 recipes that basically require you to make everything from scratch. Don’t panic. No matter what you choose to prepare this week or how to prepare it, you’re still going to rock this! Since I like to cook, I think of from-scratch cooking as playtime, but if you don’t, that’s okay! Take the shortcuts you want to take: buy that can of refrigerated crescent rolls or jar of Heinz gravy or heck, that rotisserie chicken instead of a turkey. Whatever helps you enjoy the blessing of a good meal with the people you love.
But if you have the time, then go crazy. Play, eat and, of course, repeat!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!