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7 Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes to Try This Year!

By Christian Roemer

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. There’s not a bunch of fuss, you don’t have to go crazy with decorations, and most people get back-to-back days off of work. Most importantly, Thanksgiving features a massive feast with all sorts of delectable dishes that will put you into a post-meal vegetative state. It’s awesome.

Most families have staple dishes--food that they return to year after year. Most of the time, it’s great, because who doesn’t love Aunt Brenda’s sweet potato souffle? I know I do. On the flip side, some dishes aren’t so great. I’ve just never liked squash casserole.

That’s what we’re here for. If you’re wondering what you should bring to your Thanksgiving get-together, but you don’t want your dish to go over like a lead balloon, try one of these tasty recipes.


Christian’s Mashed Cauliflower

  1. Ingredients
    ○ 1 Head Cauliflower
    ○ ½ Cup Butter
    ○ 1 Dollop Cream Cheese

2. How to Make It
○ Cut head of cauliflower and boil until tender
○ In large mixing bowl, add strained cauliflower, butter, and cream cheese
○ Using a mixer, beat until creamy
○ Add salt and pepper to taste



Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

  1. Ingredients
    ○ One 12 or 14 ounce bag of cranberries
    ○ 1 Cup Sugar
    ○ 1 Cup Water
    ○ 1 Tbsp Bourbon
    ○ 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
2. How to Make It
○ Place cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium pan
○ Bring mixture to a rolling boil
○ Decrease heat to a simmer, add bourbon and vanilla
○ Simmer for 20 minutes until it arrives at your desired thickness
○ Cool and serve!


Strawberry Poppy Pecan Salad

  1. Ingredients 

○ 1 ½ Cups quartered strawberries
○ ½ Cup Bleu Cheese
○ 1 Cup Pecans
○ 1 Red Onion, diced
○ 1 bag salad mix
○ ½ cup poppy seed dressing
○ ½ cup balsamic vinegar

2. How to Make It

○ In a small bowl, combine poppy seed dressing with balsamic vinegar
○ Pour dressing over salad in a large salad bowl
○ Top tossed salad with strawberries, pecans, and bleu cheese
○ Enjoy!



Mimi’s Potato Casserole

1. Ingredients
○ 2 lbs frozen hash browns
○ 1 pint sour cream
○ ¾ cup melted butter
○ 1 can of cream of chicken soup
○ ½ cup minced onion spice
○ 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
○ 2 cups crushed corn flakes (unsweetened)


2. How to Make It
○ Combine melted butter, sour cream, chicken soup, onion spice, and shredded cheese in a large bowl.
○ Add salt and pepper to taste.
○ Place hash browns in a deep cooking tray and mix with sauce
○ Top with crushed corn flakes
○ Bake at 375 for 45 - 60 minutes


Big Daddy’s Green Beans

  1. Ingredients
○ 2 bags frozen green beans
○ 1 ham hock
○ ¼ cup butter
○ Water

2. How to Make It
○ Add green beans, ham hock, butter, and water into a slow cooker
○ Let cook in crock pot for around 3 hours
○ Add salt and pepper to taste

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

  1. Ingredients

○ 12 fresh jalapeños, cut in half long ways
○ 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
○ 1 cup cream cheese
○ 1 pack bacon
○ Smoked paprika


2. How to Make It
○ In a bowl, mix shredded cheese and cream cheese
○ Add cheese mixture into halved jalapenos
○ Wrap jalapeno half in bacon strip
○ Place bacon wrapped jalapenos onto a wire baking rack (Place some other baking tray underneath to catch any dripping grease)
○ Bake in oven until bacon is crispy
○ Sprinkle smoked paprika on top


Alton Brown’s Tasty Gravy

  1. Ingredients
    ○ Turkey drippings
    ○ 24 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
    ○ 8 ounces red wine
    ○ ⅓ cup all purpose flour
    ○ 1 tbsp thyme
    ○ Kosher salt
    ○ Freshly ground black pepper
2. How to Make It
○ Place pan with turkey drippings on the stove over medium heat
○ Add wine and broth to the turkey drippings
○ Cook 2-3 minutes, allowing the mixture to reduce a bit
○ Transfer the liquid to a fat separator for about 5 minutes
○ Add ¾ cup of fat back to the pan and bring to medium heat
○ Add flour and whisk to combine for about 2-3 minutes
○ Gradually add the separated liquid back to the pan, whisking continuously
○ Cook for around 6 minutes and serve!

I know that this gravy recipe is a doozie, but you have to try it. Trust me. In my opinion, a Thanksgiving dinner is only as good as its gravy, and this might be one of the tastiest gravies I’ve ever had. There’s a reason that Alton Brown is on the Food Network, after all.

Now go get to cooking!

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