Need an Easy Recipe for Your Thanksgiving Feast?

Here are some of my favorites!

There are many easy Thanksgiving recipes your family will enjoy that does not make you a slave to your kitchen. As the person who typically hosts the Thanksgiving meal, I have a standard menu that I serve and then I ask my family to bring things that I do not want to cook.

The best thing about all of these recipes is that they are relatively inexpensive to make. They use items that are on sale during this time of year.  

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Rice Turkey Stuffing

This stuffing recipe has been in my husband’s family for generations.


1 pound of hamburger, browned and fat rinsed and drained

Chicken livers-about ½ pound

Rice-Use long cooking rice only, not Minute Rice or quick rice

One or two chicken bouillon cubes

Herbs and spices that you like

Add one or two bouillon cube to rice water, depending on how much rice you are cooking.

While the rice is cooking, brown meat and livers together and drain. Add rice to meat mixture and season with spices.

Add spices (you can choose what you wish to add) such as parsley, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, garlic salt, salt, pepper, allspice, cloves, or ginger.

Sweet Potato Soufflé

This easy Thanksgiving recipe can be made the night before and simply heated in the oven.


4 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

¼ cup butter or margarine melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. With a mixer, beat until smooth. Spoon into a two quart casserole dish.


2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup butter or margarine

½-1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

Combine and sprinkle on top of potatoes. Bake for thirty minutes.

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Pineapple Soufflé

This easy Thanksgiving dish brings a sweetness to the main meal. If you are watching calories or cholesterol, you can omit some of the sugar, use mostly egg whites and use light bread.


2 cans crushed pineapple, well drained

1 stick softened butter or margarine

1 ½ cups sugar

6 eggs

8 slices of bread, crusts removed and cubed


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, use a mixer to combine butter, sugar and eggs together until creamy. In a separate bowl, blend pineapple and bread. Pour pineapple mixture into the other bowl and mix. Pour into a greased baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for one hour.

Squash Casserole

This easy Thanksgiving recipe is one I was given twenty-five years ago and it has been on my holiday table every year. This is a great side dish along with the classic String Bean casserole, or you can make this instead. I have also substituted broccoli instead of using squash and it works beautifully. This recipe can be put together the day before and popped into the oven on Thanksgiving Day.


3 pounds yellow or green squash (or you can mix the two)

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup bread crumbs

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs

1 stick butter or margarine

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

One can Durkee onion rings

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Wash and cut up squash into cubes. Place in water and boil until tender. Drain in a colander and place into a large mixing bowl. Mash the squash. Add all of the remaining ingredients EXCEPT ½ cup of butter. Pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Spread the rest of the butter on top and sprinkle with more bread crumbs. If desired, you also top with Durkee onion rings for extra crunch. Bake for about one hour or until the top is golden brown.

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Peanut Butter Pie

In 1989, a friend came to visit and brought this dessert. I fell in love with it and it has quickly become a family favorite. Best of all, it is quick and easy!

½ cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

8 oz. Bar cream cheese

8 ounce container Cool Whip

1 graham cracker crust

In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Add to pie shell. Serve.

Turkey Preparation

What’s Thanksgiving without the turkey? Here is the way my family has prepared the bird for generations. A new twist is that I cook my bird in a Reynold’s Oven Bag. It not only cooks the turkey faster, it makes a juicier bird.


Oil (any kind, olive, vegetable, canola)

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika

Pour the oil into a bowl and add spices to your taste. Mix well.

Wash the bird under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Using kitchen shears, cut skin from bird, but do not take it off.

With a pastry brush, brush the bird with the oil and spice mixture inside, under the skin, and on top of the skin. Cook the way you normally would.

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I always set my table with simple Thanksgiving decorations.  Combined with these easy Thanksgiving recipes will make your holiday gathering simple and delicious.