5 Easy Thanksgiving Day Recipes
These 5 easy Thanksgiving Day recipes will enhance any Thanksgiving Day meal. Thanksgiving side dishes are a staple for all Thanksgiving meals and are easy to make. Here is a list of five easy Thanksgiving recipes that will be sure to compliment the main act.
Chunky Red Mashed Potatoes. A staple for Thanksgiving your family will love these mashed potatoes.
- 2 pounds red potatoes
- 1 stick butter
- ¾ cup hot milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the whole red potatoes in salted water for approximately 40 minutes.
- Drain and do not peel.
- Smash the potatoes with 1 stick of butter, ¾ cups of hot milk and salt and pepper.
Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallows. This recipe is considered a Thanksgiving side dish but some will consider it to be dessert during dinner.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3 cups marshmallows
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large pot, melt and combine 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 cups of brown sugar and ¼ cup of water.
- Bring these ingredients to a boil then reduce to a simmer until it thickens.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into long quarters.
- Boil the sweet potatoes in water for approximately 5 minutes. The sweet potatoes should be yielding but not too soft.
- Drain the potatoes into a baking dish.
- Pour the syrup over the potatoes and place lemon slices on top.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes. Take the dish from the oven and remove the lemon slices.
- Stir in pecans and arrange the marshmallows on top of the dish.
- Place the dish back into the oven until the marshmallows have puffed up and brown a bit.
Cranberry Sauce. Your kids will enjoy this easy 20 minute recipe.
- 1 pound of cranberries
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup of honey
- Rinse the cranberries and remove any cranberries that are damaged.
- Combine all of the contents into a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
- Let the cranberries cook until the sauce thickens.
- Set aside to cool.
Nutty Greens with Bacon and Blue Cheese. A Thanksgiving meal is not complete without a vegetable side dish.
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound haricots verts
- 3 slices bacon
- 4 ounces blue cheese
- 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Boil the green beans over high heat.
- Do not over cook the green beans. Place in ice water to avoid over cooking.
- Cook the three slices of bacon over medium heat until crisp.
- Add the bacon to the sauté pan and toss the green beans with the drippings.
- Chop the bacon into small pieces and combine with the green beans into a serving pan.
- Toss the mixture along with 4 ounces blue cheese and garnish with the chopped pecans.
- Add ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste.
Pumpkin Pie. After the family has been stuffed, pumpkin pie is a nice ending to a delicious meal.
- 1 package cream cheese
- 2 cups canned pumpkin
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 pre-made pie dough
- Whipped cream
- Take the pre-made pie crust and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pie crust from the aluminum foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden.
- For the filling, mix one package cream cheese until smooth while adding pumpkin.
- Then add 1 cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt until the mixture is uniform.
- Add two mixed eggs, 1 cup half-and-half and melted butter stick and stir until all ingredients are combined.
- Pour filling into the pie crust and bake for 50 minutes.
- Allow the pie to cool at room temperature.
- Serve this dish topped with whipped cream.