Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching rapidly. With only twenty-five days left to plan, let us help you with a few simple recipes to make your holiday meal a success! Each family has their own tips and tricks and there seems to always be a “secret” ingredient. If you are not much of a cook, that’s okay! Some of my personal favorite recipes are simple and delicious! In my opinion, the hardest part about thanksgiving is trying to fit through the front door after you’ve consumed so many amazing foods and desserts. Perhaps a personal challenge should be to have a “no carb November” in preparation for the upcoming calories. But then again, bathing suit season is a long ways away…I will just remember these calories with my new year’s resolutions.

So here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that are easy and always a big hit. Some I have gathered from magazines or Pinterest over the years but I always adapt them to best fit the “tastes” of whoever I am entertaining. Bon Appetit!  

World Famous Sausage Stuffing:

Ingredients- 2-14oz packages of Pepperidge Farm herb seasoned stuffing mix, 3-1lb rolls of jimmy dean sage sausage, 2 large sweet onions, 1 bunch of celery hearts, 2 sticks of salted butter, 32oz chicken stock, 2 Tbsp of dried sage, 1 Tbsp black pepper, salt to taste

Directions- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; Break up sausage into small pieces and cook in a large skillet with dried sage; melt butter in large pot over medium heat, add onions and celery, cook until soft and opaque, stir often; remove from heat; add chicken stock, stuffing mix, sausage, salt & pepper and mix thoroughly. Spoon mixture into a large greased Pyrex container and top with some leftover butter, bake for around 30 minutes. Make sure you do not overcook or this will dry out.

Serving size- around 20 servings

Mashed Potatoes:

Ingredients- 3lbs of potatoes peeled and quartered, 3 cloves of garlic, ½ cup of heavy cream, 1 ½ sticks of butter, salt & pepper to taste

Directions- In a large pot, combine and cook the potatoes & garlic with enough salted water to cover potatoes a few inches, in another saucepan, cook cream on low and bring to a simmer, remove from heat and add butter to melt, drain the potatoes and garlic and return to the same pot and mash the potatoes, add the cream mixture to the potatoes, salt & pepper to taste.

Service size- around 8 servings

Very Cheesy Mac & Cheese:

Ingredients- 3 cans of evaporated milk, 2 lbs of cheddar cheese (shredded), 1 box of noodles, 1 stick of margarine, 4 eggs

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees; cook macaroni noodles and drain; mix together the milk and eggs and set aside; place 2lbs of cheese in the bottom of a large pyrex glass container; pour milk mixture overtop the cheese; slice your stick of margarine and put on top of the mixture; pour in your cooked noodles and make sure all is mixed in well; if you have any extra cheese, sprinkle more on top and bake for approximately 45 minutes. The top will brown and you will know it is ready!

Serving Size- around 8-10 servings


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