It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, almost. Before we start talking about Christmas let’s not forget Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday to spend time with family, be thankful and eat. If you are still deciding on the menu for your families feast then I have the solution for you. Spice up your table this year with these sweet, simple and absolutely delicious food choices. Bon Appetit!
Pumpkin Spice Mudslide
Let’s start off the Thanksgiving feast with a cocktail, shall we? The Pumpkin Spice Mudslide will get you into the holiday spirit. This is your last chance to consume all the pumpkin spice you can, so give this tasty drink a try!
- 1 shot Baileys Original Irish Cream
- 1 shot Whipped Cream Vodka *Use more/less liquor.
- 1 Tbsp. Canned Pumpkin
- 1/4 cup of Milk
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- In a shaker add the ingredients.
- Give it a shake.
- Pour over ice.
- Top with whipped cream and more pumpkin pie spice!
Irish Potato Bites
Don’t make your guest wait for the big meal; get them started with some tasty appetizers. These hearty potatoes are great to hold you over before the Thanksgiving feast. These cute potatoes give the original potato skins an elegant twist.
- 20 Red Potatoes, small (golf ball size)
- ½ c Corned Beef
- ¼ c Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1 Tbsp. Butter, melted
- Salt (as needed)
- Sour cream (optional)
- Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- Add potatoes and boil until they are fork tender.
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Once potatoes are cooked and have cooled cut each one in half and cut a small slice o
ff of the rounded end so the potato can sit up.
- Scoop out the inside of each potato half saving the potato insides in a bowl.
- Add cheese, corned beef, butter to the bowl with the saved potato insides.
- Salt mixture to taste. Also sprinkle some salt over the potato halves.
- Scoop mixture into potato halves and then place them on a baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet in oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve with a dollop of sour cream.
Home Style Mashed Potatoes
Most people think the turkey is the most important food dish at Thanksgiving but I believe this one ranks supreme. Mashed potatoes are a beloved favorite on everyone’s dinner plate. You can’t go wrong with a simple home-style recipe.
- 4 – 5 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 4 tbs. unsalted butter
- Salt and pepper
- Scrub and peel the potatoes. Dice into even 1/2? Cubes to even out cooking time.
- Place in a large Dutch oven with just enough water to cover. Salt the water and bring to a boil.
- Cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes, or until a fork pierces the potatoes easily.
- Drain the potatoes and return to the Dutch oven.
- Add the cream and using a blender or a masher, mash the potatoes. Add 2 tablespoons butter and mix until incorporated. Add more cream if needed (starch may very from potato to potato).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to entice friends and family into extra big spoonful’s.
You probably already have that turkey recipe passed down from generation to generation, but what you don’t have is an awesome gravy recipe. Gravy is an essential part of Thanksgiving dinner because it tops all the dishes. This recipe is simple, easy to prepare and absolutely delicious.
- 4 cups turkey drippings OR 4 cups turkey/chicken stock.
- 1 stick butter.
- 1/2-cup all-purpose flour.
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
- If using turkey drippings, pour cooking liquids from your roasting pan through a strainer and into a container to cool. Note: if you don’t have enough drippings to amount to 4 cups, add water or turkey stock. If you’re not using turkey drippings, just use turkey stock.
- Melt 1 stick butter in a medium pan over medium-low heat and season with salt and pepper.
- Once melted, add in flour and whisk constantly so it toasts and combines with the butter.
- Continue whisking your roux until you’ve got a smooth, paste-like mixture.
- Slowly pour in your turkey drippings or turkey stock, stirring all the while.
- Cook gravy for another 10 minutes, or until thickened.
- Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve immediately or keep on very low heat until ready to serve.
No Bake Pilgrim Cookie Hats
Take a break from cooking and make these simple no bake treats. These cute cookies are perfect dessert snacks for the kids and adults. Your family will love them!Here is the ingredients:
- White chocolate chips
- Orange food gel
- Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies
- Rolo chewy caramels, unwrapped
- Yellow M&Ms
- In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth.
- Stir in the food gel until combined and orange.
- Using a spatula, transfer melted chocolate to a small Ziploc bag; snip off a small corner.
- With the chocolate-covered side of the Keebler cookie facing up, pipe some of the dyed white chocolate in the center.
- Place a Rolo candy on top, forcing the melted chocolate to squish out from underneath, forming a thick ring. (If not, pipe a line of the chocolate around the bottom of the Rolo.)
- Dot a small amount of the melted chocolate onto an M&M, and then place it up against the Rolo to form a “buckle.”
- Allow the “glue” to set for 5 or so minutes and enjoy!
Carmel Apple Sangria
If you’re not of fan of the overrated pumpkin spice craze, then prepare to tap into your inner child with this one. Carmel Apple Sangria is a sweet drink that will be sure to ignite your sweet tooth. Be warned, this wine is sweet and will be best served with dessert.
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
- ¼ cup caramel syrup
- 4 apples, chopped
- Chill your white wine and sparkling apple cider.
- Once cold, mix together wine and cider and add ¼ cup caramel syrup.
- Chop approximately 4 apples into small cubes and add to sangria.
- Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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