Thanksgiving

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Here is all the Thanksgiving help you’ll need.  A Thanksgiving ‘Cheat Sheet’.  All the recipes for your meal and pies for dessert.  Just print it, make out your shopping list and you’re done. 

 

 

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The Mashed Sweet Potatoes are delicious.  They are sweet, but not to sweet.  If you are used to making the traditional sweet potatoes with mini marshmallows on top, this will be a welcome change.

 

Uncle Paul’s Broccoli Casserole is a staple in my family.  There isn’t a holiday that we don’t have this dish.  This can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.  There are a lot of broccoli casserole recipes on the internet that are made with soup.  This one is far better.  All good ingredients make this a fantastic addition to any meal.

 

This recipe for mashed potatoes is so good.  Mashed potatoes are a big part of the Thanksgiving meal.   Like everyone else, I have been making them for years, but they were never perfect.  Sometimes they were too sticky, other times to runny.  Once I started adding the cream cheese along with the butter and milk, it was a real winner. These potatoes come out perfect every time.  Smooth and silky….yum!!

 

Making the gravy this way is a lifesaver on Thanksgiving.  You can make this ahead of time and just warm it up while you are carving the turkey.  Starting with the roux makes all the difference in the world.  Once you master this, you’ll want to have fresh gravy to go with all your meat dishes.  You may want to double or triple this recipe.  It makes 2 cups of gravy.  

 

Sausage stuffing is my favorite.  I like cornbread stuffing and stuffing with nuts and fruit, but the sausage stuffing is my go-to whenever I am serving guests.  I like to use Italian sausage instead of the sausage roll so I can manage the amount of spiciness in the dish. The fresh bread cubes are delicious.  The trick for this stuffing is to make sure you moisten the bread cubes enough before you bake it.  Even if you think they are moist enough, add a little more broth to make it delicious. 

 

As you can see, this Turkey recipe is not for brining the turkey.  There are so many ways to prepare the turkey these days.  Brine, Bake and Fry.  I don’t brine the turkey, however I have fried one and it comes out great.   This recipe is for a basic baked turkey.  The one thing that you must do with this turkey is baste it.  Every 30-45 minutes.  Your turkey will be moist and delicious.  Also, don’t forget to let it rest before you carve it.  

 

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Now for dessert.  This apple pie is soooo good.  The crust is flaky and light and the filling has just the right amount of sweetness.  But best of all, it’s easy to make.  I always recommend mixing up the apples.  Use some sweet and some tart.   Make this pie a few days ahead of time and put it in the oven to warm while you are eating your Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Both of these pie recipes are from my Grandmother.  She was an awesome cook.  This pumpkin pie is crustless.  It takes approximately 10 minutes to mix everything together.  After you make this pumpkin pie, you will never buy a store bought one again.  Economical, easy and irresistible!!

 

 

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