What is Your Favorite Family Thanksgiving Recipe?

November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is in a week! What are you doing to prepare? Here are some favorite family recipes from Ideal Homes! Make one of these and it will be like our family is joining your family for Thanksgiving. Roasted Root Veggies with a Holiday Twist - Cube several sweet potatoes and an acorn squash and do the same with a nice portion of brussel sprouts (portion according to how many you will serve). Toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, rosemary and thyme. Roast them for 45 minutes to an hour in a single layer on a baking pan at 375 degrees. Once removed from the oven, toss in dried cranberries, pecans and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. (If you want you can even toast the pecans by adding them to the roasting mix) Easy Cranberry Orange Relish - This is better than the jelly from a can, and it's easy to make. Take a package of fresh cranberries and 2 peeled oranges and pulse in a food processor just until they are roughly chopped not smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add sugar or honey to desired sweetness. Finally add chopped pecans and orange zest to the mix. Best Bacon Stuffing Ever - You'll never do stovetop again! Cube a loaf of white bread (or bread of choice) and put into a bowl and set aside. Cube a pound of thick cut bacon and fry it up in a half cup of butter but not until crisp. Add 1 large finely diced onion, 3-5 cloves of garlic finely chopped, and 3-5 ribs of celery diced and sauté until onion is translucent and bacon is crisp. (Not burnt!) Take a bunch of chopped parsley and add to mix for just a few minutes until wilted. Pour mix over bread cubes in bowl and mix with your hands. Add salt, pepper and thyme to taste, then stuff your bird and cook to stuffed directions. It's also good in a pan and toasted in the oven. To Die For Turkey Rub - This rub is a taste explosion in your mouth. Combine 4 teaspoons each of dried parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Finely mill your herbs. You can also use a clean coffee grinder. Add 4 teaspoons of powdered garlic, and 2 teaspoons each of black pepper and sea salt. When seasoning your turkey, make sure you rub under the skin and get your rub into the cavity of the bird to permeate the juices. Grandmas Cream Cheese Cookies - Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. With an electric mixer cream together 2 softened sticks of salted butter and a softened 8 ounce package of cream cheese until light and fluffy. Then with a wooden spoon mix in ½ of cup at a time up to 2 ½ cups of flour. Remove from bowl and form a log, wrap in in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes or so. Cut chilled dough into 2 inch slices and roll out between wax paper so that it's thinner than piecrust. Lightly flour the wax paper to prevent from sticking. Use a drinking glass to cut out uniform circles of dough and put a quarter teaspoon of apricot or cherry jam into the center before folding the two ends together and pinching the dough. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden then cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. We hope you enjoy one or all of these recipes in your home for Thanksgiving. We'd love for you to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipe with us!
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