Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

There are many different Thanksgiving menus you can choose from and recipes for Thanksgiving dinner can easily be found on the internet. For a typical Thanksgiving dinner the menu of course will include some form of turkey whether brined and roasted, smoked or perhaps grilled. It will also include an appetizer or two one of which is an all time favorite deviled eggs. Then it should include some side dishes such as mashed potatoes, dressing, and a vegetable or two. Recipes for Thanksgiving should also include a cranberry sauce or chutney as an alternate. Then recipes for Thanksgiving should include a roll or small bread or biscuit. And of course that all important dessert.

An Appetizer Of Deviled Eggs

For some reason deviled eggs are one of the recipes for Thanksgiving appetizers that seems to disappear quickly. Perhaps it is because people don’t make them at home anymore. It is simple to prepare this one of the many egg recipes for Thanksgiving appetizers. Plan on at least one egg or two halves per person, more if there are a lot of younger males present. For 12 servings hard cook one dozen eggs and let cool. This step can be completed two days before the dinner. When ready to prepare which can be done one day ahead then refrigerated, peel and cut eggs lengthwise and carefully scoop out the yolk so you don’t break the white. Crush yolks together gently so they are not packed.  

Deviled Eggs Additions

As one of the simple recipes for Thanksgiving appetizers all you need is enough mustard for a piquant taste, about 1 tablespoon of vinegar, either some horseradish or Tabasco about a dash or two, salt and pepper to taste and enough mayonnaise to moisten and bind. If you want to add more uncommon additions which may not be accepted as well for this simple one of the make ahead recipes for Thanksgiving you can add smoked salmon, Foie Gras, or chopped ginger and cream cheese.

In The Crock Mashed Potatoes

Another one of the make ahead recipes for Thanksgiving, this is also easy. The ingredients for 15 servings are 5 pounds peeled and quartered potatoes which have been cooked in boiling salted water until tender, then drained and dried over low heat and set aside. Organize 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream, a teaspoon onion powder, pepper and salt each, ½ teaspoon garlic powder or granules, an egg beaten and 3 tablespoons butter melted. This easy choice of recipes for Thanksgiving can be prepared three days ahead of Thanksgiving.

Assembling And Cooking Potato Ingredients

Mash the potatoes well and beat in sour cream, cream cheese and seasonings and egg. Put mix into greased 13x9 baking dish and drip melted butter over it. Let this cool then cover and put in refrigerator. When ready to cook take out 4 hours ahead and put into crock pot. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Stir a few times. Serve when done. This is one of the recipes for Thanksgiving that can hold for about thirty minutes or so. 

Easy Peasy Overnight Gravy

Another of the make ahead recipes for Thanksgiving. For this example of easy recipes for Thanksgiving get together 5 cups of boxed chicken stock, 3 tablespoons butter, one chopped onion, 1/3 cup white flour, salt and pepper to taste. On turkey day you will need some drippings so plan on that. In sauce pan mix broth and onion and boil, then turn down to a simmer and let cook until you have 4 cups of mix. When done strain the broth. When almost reduced mix butter and flour in another pan and cook over low until combined and nicely tanned. Add strained broth to flour mix using a whisk. Let boil while stirring until incorporated. Remove and put in containers and chill until Thanksgiving day.

Gravy Created

This example of gravy recipes for Thanksgiving can set in refrigerator for up to six days. To continue this easy choice of gravy recipes for Thanksgiving scrape some of that fat and drippings from turkey roasting pan into the prepared gravy sauce in a sauce pan. Heat and stir and taste. If it needs salt add it as you go along so you don’t over salt. Add pepper to taste and serve. Of course there are other gravy recipes you can use but this is a make ahead one that tastes good too.

Orange Sweet Potatoes

A perfect example for limited oven space recipes for Thanksgiving this is made on the top of the stove. For 8 to 10 servings, take six large peeled sweet potatoes cut crosswise into ½ inch pieces, some lemon juice, one cup of orange juice and cold water each, 1 teaspoon grated orange peel, 1 cup brown sugar and one stick butter. Cold water for potato slices. Put the potato slices into the water and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice per quart to keep fresh. Combine orange juice and peel, I cup water, butter, sugar into a large frying pan and boil. When boiling add the drained potatoes, cover and bring back to boil then simmer until tender, approximately 30 minutes for one of the quick recipes for Thanksgiving.

A Variety Of Dressing Additions

There are many varieties of stuffing for recipes for Thanksgiving which are those additions to the turkey that are cooking inside the turkey cavities. However remember a stuffed turkey takes longer to cook and often the stuffing is not ready when the turkey is. A good alternative is to serve dressings which are typically cooked alongside the bird and not inside of it. If you do choose to stuff the turkey and the turkey is finished cooking before the stuffing you can always remove it from the turkey and finish it in the oven in a dish. Some alternates to the standard dry dressings are ground raw cranberries instead of the vegetables or substitute chopped green olives for the green pepper to make these recipes for Thanksgiving taste different.