Thanksgiving 2020 will be a most unusual affair for most. If you do chose to gather with those outside your group please be safe and follow the CDC Guidelines.
Having said that we still gotta eat right?
So here are a few ideas for appetizers, the star of the show the turkey, side dishes, and desserts.
Appetizers: Keep it simple and light. Just enough to ward off hunger pains but not enough to spoil your appetite.
Light, easy to make ahead from just a few ingredients. Add assorted crackers….done!
Caramelized Onion Dip
Caramelized Onion Dip – Caramelized onions, mixed with cream cheese, sour cream, a touch of thyme, garlic powder, and Worcestershire. Serve with crackers or chips for a delicious dip!
Next is the star of the show…..Turkey
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What the Forks for Thanksgiving? Here are some of our past favs for both the big turkey day and for all those leftovers!
Thanksgiving Turkey Roll
Thanksgiving Turkey Roll is all of Thanksgiving rolled up in one beautiful, crispy skinned, juicy, herby main dish. All of the usual Thanksgiving dishes, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. This dish is perfect if you have a small group, or if you want to impress your guests. Best part is that it can be made ahead……more time with your guests.
Turkey Day Slaw
This slaw is another make ahead item. Although I would add the dressing on Turkey Day. Cabbage, kale, cranberries, and almonds with a maple dijon dressing. A light side to your dinner.
Green Bean Casserole
Thanksgiving would not be complete without green bean casserole. This is a made from scratch version that will become a family favorite
Green Bean Casserole Turnovers
Combining two traditional Thanksgiving favorites green bean casserole and crescent rolls.
Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake
This is truly a dazzling dessert that requires no fancy decorating skills. Let it be the crowning glory of your meal……move over pumpkin pie!
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Turkey day is over, and you are exhausted from all that Black Friday shopping. What to cook?? OK, what to do with all those leftovers? Leftover Turkey Shepards Loaf to the rescue.Having leftovers is admittedly the best part of any holiday, but Thanksgiving in particular.
Traditional turkey day fare goes together. Stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, and of course the star of the show….turkey! Throw in a veggie or two and day two of the turkey coma!
Leftover Turkey Shepards Loaf combines all of the leftovers in one dish that’s easy to prepare and easy to serve. Layer after layer of Thanksgiving leftovers. No need to heat all the leftovers separately and then try to find containers to place the leftover, leftovers.
If you plan ahead, you can assemble this loaf as you are putting away your turkey day meal, so all you have to do is bake according to the recipe…easy right?
Now that you have the leftovers taken care of, you can enjoy quality time with your family.
2 cups leftover stuffing
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
1/2 cup vegetable ( whatever you have leftover)
2 cups roasted turkey, shredded
2 cups turkey gravy, divided
2 cups mashed potatoes
1/3 cup crispy onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Layer the first four ingredients in the order listed, pressing each layer firmly.
Add 1 cup of turkey gravy over ingredients in the loaf pan.
Top with mashed potatoes. I use a pastry bag with a large tip and decoratively piped the potatoes, but you can spread them over the top.
Sprinkle the top of the potatoes with the crispy onions.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until heated through and the potatoes are golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow to set for 10 minutes.
Heat remaining 1 cup of turkey gravy.
To serve sliced loaf and pass the remaining gravy.
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