Thanksgiving can be spent in the kitchen, putting dishes in and out of the oven, stirring boiling pots on the stove, and reheating already-made foods in the microwave. When dinner finally gets on the table, the cook is utterly exhausted and unable to enjoy the dinner s/he worked so hard to prepare. This Thanksgiving, consider streamlining your meal with some easy recipes, some shortcuts, and some downright shameful pre-made substitutions. Your meal will be delicious and you’ll still be able to enjoy it with energy to clean up … or maybe just sit down and watch foot ball.
Obviously, the most important part of the meal, right? But if you don’t plan just right, it’ll be frozen, undercooked, or just not good when it comes time to serve. Avoid all that hassle with my super-simple crockpot turkey. No, you won’t have that crispy skin, but the taste will thrill you so much you won’t even miss it.
French Onion Soup Mix
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1-2 crockpots, depending on the size of the turkey
If you have a small number of guests, choose a turkey breast that will fit into any size crockpot. A larger turkey, thawed, can be divided between two pots, light and dark.
Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Add turkey breast or parts. Sprinkle one package of French onion soup mix over meat. Add cranberry sauce to white meat. Heat on high for one hour, low for 6-7 hours.
Use a boxed cornbread or sage (turkey) stuffing mix. Stir in chopped sauteed onions, celery, sage sausage, or anything else you enjoy in your stuffing prior to preparing it according to package directions.
Drain and mash canned sweet potatoes. Add in 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and a dash of salt per can of potatoes. Place potatoes in a small casserole, sprinkle mini marshmallows over the top, and bake at 375F until potatoes are hot and marshmallows are lightly browned.
2 tbsp. butter
1 white onion, sliced
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can cream style corn
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
In a heavy pot, melt butter. Add onion slices and sautee until clear. Add in corns and milk and stir until heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste. (serves 4)
Rolls with Honey Butter
1 cup butter, softened
¼ cup honey
Whip butter and honey together well. Spoon into a pastry bag with a decorative tip and fill a small, pretty glass bowl. Place in refrigerator until needed. Prepare refrigerated rolls (or premade dough) according to package directions. Serve hot with honey butter.
Buy a freshly made pumpkin or pecan pie at your local grocer’s or farmer’s market. Serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!
Now go watch football and enjoy your guests!