Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

We had an early Thanksgiving with some close friends of ours on Saturday, so I have already prepared a list of thanksgiving dishes. If you will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this week, then you know all about the time and preparation that goes into getting ready. I will share some recipes on basic Thanksgiving dishes. These can all be made the day before and put in the oven when ready to bake.

Sweet Potato Casserole

4 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 cup butter 
1/3 cup milk
1 cup sugar 
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs beaten

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9x13 pan.

In a large bowl (I used kitchen aid mixer), mix sweet potatoes, butter, milk, sugar, vanilla and eggs.
Spread mixture in pan.
In a small bowl ( I used kitchen aid again!), mix brown sugar and flour.
Cut in butter until crumbly, then stir in pecans. 
Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.

Bake for 25-35 minutes until edges are golden brown.

So simple and easy!

Green Bean Casserole

1 large can of condensed cream of chicken soup
16 oz of green beans
1 cup fried onions
2 tsp of dry ranch mix

Mix beans, soup and ranch powder.
Put mixture in baking dish.
Top with fried onions.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Another easy dish!


1 loaf bread torn in 1 inch pieces
3 stalks of celery chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp sage
4 cups chicken broth
 1 stick butter

Place bread pieces on cookie sheet and toast in oven for about 10-15 minutes at 350° .
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, simmer chicken broth, celery, onion, sage and butter for about 15 minutes. 
Now place toasted bread pieces in 9x13 pan. Pour broth mixture over bread.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

I can't believe how easy this Thanksgiving dinner is going to be!!

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
3 cups fresh cranberries

Simmer all ingredients in sauce pan until cranberries start to 'pop'. 
This will take about 10-15 minutes.
Pour sauce in serving dish and chill 3 hours.

Wow! With a menu this easy, I could cook like this everyday!

There ya have it! Four easy, simple, delicious side dishes to make your holiday dinner special!

I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Keep it simple, keep it easy!
- Tiffany
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