There probably isn’t a day of the year when you serve a bigger feast than you do on Thanksgiving. Furthermore, you likely have a bigger-than-usual group at your home, including extended family and friends. You can make this holiday even more memorable by serving delicious dishes, including ones you haven’t made before. However, you don’t have to be nervous. There are some easy-to-follow recipes to check out this year. Try some on Thanksgiving, and put a smile on everyone’s faces.
Make-ahead Turkey Gravy
If the turkey is the most popular Thanksgiving item, mashed potatoes must be second. And what goes better on potatoes than gravy? Moreover, combine turkey and gravy; you will have an excellent topping for your potatoes. This recipe takes a little prep time but only requires about 10 minutes of cooking. Here’s what you will need:
- Two turkey wings
- Two medium onions, quartered
- 32 ounces of chicken broth, divided
- Two medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
- Two celery ribs with leaves, cut into 2-inch pieces
- Four fresh thyme sprigs
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
First, put the wings and onions in a baking pan and bake for about an hour and 15 minutes. Turn them over once during baking. You’ll then want to put the wings and onion into a Dutch oven. Then add 2 cups of broth to the warm baking pan. Pour this into the Dutch oven and add four more cups of broth as well as the carrots, celery, and thyme. Bring this to a boil, simmering for 45 minutes. You should then take out the wings and vegetables and add 3 1/2 cups of broth. Lastly, whisk the flour and broth. Bring this to a boil and add butter and pepper.
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Duo Tater Bake
Of course, potatoes don’t just have to come in mashed form. For instance, a potato casserole works wonders too. Firstly, for this dish, assemble these ingredients:
- 4 pounds of russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed and peeled
- 3 pounds of sweet potatoes, cubed and peeled
- Two 8-ounce cartons of spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1/4 cup of shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/3 cup of 2% milk
- 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
In addition, you’ll want a cup of shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 cup of chopped green onions, and 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese for the topping. Cook the potatoes separately. Then add these and the other ingredients to a baking dish. Lastly, bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
This Thanksgiving, serve these two delicious dishes with your big meal. Make them this holiday, and your family and guests will discover two new favorites.
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