Cooking for Thanksgiving can sometimes be so hectic and harassing that all the fun from getting together is spoiled. The best thing to do to prevent holiday spoilers is to find easy Thanksgiving recipes that the practical cook can whip up without slaving over a stove for a whole day.
Just think; by settling for easy to prepare Thanksgiving recipes, you’ll have more time to take care of other details such as your guest list, tables, chairs, utensils, and others. If you plan to throw a large Thanksgiving get-together for the family, renting tables and chairs would be to most feasible solution. However, you can just purchase wholesale linens for the tables. It’s a better option since you can use and reuse the table linens each time you host a party.
Now we go to the recipes that would be the hands down stars of your Thanksgiving dinner.
Easy Baked Turkey
You can still have traditional turkey without punishing yourself. Here is one of those easy thanksgiving recipes for turkey that you can cook without the usual hassle.
1 (12 pound) whole turkey
3/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground sage
A pinch of dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Clean turkey and place in a roasting pan with a lid. Discard giblets.
- Combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt, and black pepper.
- Apply the mixture to the outside of the turkey.
- Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover.
- Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F.
- Remove turkey from oven, and let stand for about 30 minutes before carving.
Of course, a Thanksgiving spread is not complete without a vegetable dish. Here is one of those easy thanksgiving recipes that won’t have you tied to the stove for hours.
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 cup dried bread crumbs, seasoned
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Thaw spinach and squeeze water out.
- Soften cream cheese.
- Combine spinach, cream cheese, and seasoning salt in a bowl.
- Mix well and spoon evenly into 2-quart casserole dish.
- Sprinkle breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
Cornbread in a Hurry
Here is an easy cornbread to help you keep up tradition without missing the rest that holidays should provide.
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Combine cornmeal and milk; let stand for 5 minutes.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the cornmeal mixture, eggs, and oil until smooth.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.
Some families serve baked macaroni as part of their Thanksgiving menu. This is not at all a bad idea because baked macaroni is a popular comfort food that should go well with the comfort of being around family.
8 ounces elbow macaroni
8 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta®), cubed
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers
2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.
- Cook the pasta uncovered, in a pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente.
- Drain pasta well, transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the processed cheese cubes, Cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, milk, salt, and black pepper.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish. Mix the cracker crumbs with the butter, and sprinkle over the casserole.
- Cover the casserole with aluminum foil.
- Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 30 minutes; remove foil and bake until crumbs are golden brown, 5 to 10 more minutes.