Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes


Thanksgiving is a little over a week away! I know I am just starting my menu and grocery list to prepare for the big day. In honor of  Turkey day prep on our weekly group post is our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Jessica – Green beans wrapped in bacon
Cut bacon slices in half and wrap around fresh trimmed green beans. Place on rimmed baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until bacon is crispy and delicious.

Kelli – Oh boy, I don’t think I can choose just one. I think my favorite  is also green beans, but a little different. A few years ago I wanted to try something different than the typical green bean casserole, so I bought fresh green  beans (haricot verts, to be exact), which I found at Costco. I snapped the ends off, and minced a few cloves of garlic and one yellow onion. Blanch the green beans and set aside. Saute the onion and garlic in bacon grease in a cast iron skillet until soft and fragrant, and then add the green beans to the skillet. Saute all of it until the beans are tender but still crisp, and season with salt and pepper to taste. I could eat an entire pan of these by myself, they’re that good.

Alyssa- Cranberry and Apple compote….Bag of cranberries (frozen or fresh), 2 granny smith apples, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon.  Put the entire bag of cranberries into a saucepan….peel and chop your apples and add them to the cranberries.  Add in approx ¾ cup of sugar and ½ cup of orange juice (you can add more of either to your liking) and as much cinnamon as you like (I’m not a huge fan so I only put a very tiny amount) and cook over medium heat until the cranberries and apples have completely broken down the orange juice has reduced and you have a chunky compote…NOT liquidy.  You can put nuts in it too if you like.

Risa- Turkey… I love love love Turkey! Ten years ago, or so, my aunt made the most delicious turkey I had ever tasted so now I have started making it. It can be really overwhelming to make the popular thanksgiving main course so I like this recipe because it comes out amazing and it is really simple. Take your thawed, de-gutted turkey and place in the roasting pan. You can stuff it or not (I do). Rub olive oil all over your bird and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. I use kosher salt personally. Melt a whole stick of butter in two cans of chicken broth over a low heat in a sauce pan. Once the butter is melted dip cheesecloth into the broth mix. (Careful it will be hot! Tongs are highly recommend. I fold the cheesecloth over the turkey before dipping it to make sure I know the shape and size I need. Do not cut the cloth just fold it into the size that will cover the top and sides of the bird). Place the cloth over the turkey and pour the remaining broth over the turkey. Pop it in the oven and bake as you would any other turkey. You will want to baste your bird at least every hour. The last hour take the cloth off and put the turkey back in the oven. This will make sure the skin gets browned and somewhat crispy. Viola! It is seriously so moist and flavorful.

Xza- I love pecan sweet potato bake, and the best part is it is super easy! Place five large sweet potatoes in boiling water. Cook until they can be poked with a fork and slightly mushy. Strain and mash up with 1/2 stick of butter, 2 tbs brown sugar and place in a baking dish. Top with 1 cup of halved pecans and another 2-3 tbs of brown sugar. Bake for 20 minutes at 350

What are your favorite recipes?

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  1. Heather P. -  November 13, 2012 - 10:58 am

    My favorite is pumpkin pie! My hubby’s favorite is veggie casserole.

  2. Katrina K -  November 14, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    I’ve been doing the cheesecloth covered turkey for almost a decade. So good! Only difference is my basting liquid is a mix of melted butter and red wine. Yummm

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