All Foods Thanksgiving: What to Make for Dinner

My 5 Weeks of Pumpkin Spice series is over, but you can read it here, here, here, here, or here.  I still wanted to share some recipes with y’all. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I would like to share what I made for my Friendsgiving last year!

Carving the Friendsgiving turkey with one of my besties!

We had quite the spread of delectable dishes for our feast!  We had sweet potatoes, turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and stuffing.

For the turkey, I made a very simple version.  When our turkey was thawed, I buttered it and added some salt and pepper.  We filled it with the stuffing (we used the stove top boxed kind) and popped it in the oven and it was ready in time for dinner! [Do not forget to take out the gizzards.  You can fill that cavity with stuffing too.]  The cooking temperature and time was listed on the packaging of the turkey.  Once the turkey was done, I used the liquid part of the turkey drippings (not the grease) and only about 2-3 tablespoons of grease to make the gravy.   Add water until you get the desired amount of gravy.  Over heat, add salt and pepper to taste.  Once it simmers, remove from heat and whisk in a mixture of  a 2-3 tablespoons of flour with a 1/2 – 1 cup water (so that the flour is not lumpy).  Continue whisking until gravy is thick and smooth.  Finish by seasoning to taste!

A friend brought the green bean casserole, but this looks like a similar recipe.  I’m not usually a fan of green beans, but I do love french fried onions.  It’s a classic recipe that often gets overlooked.

I’m also not a huge fan of cranberry sauce, but we used the canned kind.  My dad’s family loves the canned stuff, but my mom much prefers the homemade cranberry sauce.  She would love making a recipe like this.

I was gifted some homemade apple sauce that was delicious.  I’ve made my own in the past and it is surprisingly easy.  You can find a recipe here.

The best way to make mashed potatoes is to add some milk to make them extra fluffy as well as adding some garlic for flavor!  A friend made it for our party, but this is the recipe I plan to make this year!

At our Friendsgiving celebration, we had someone that brought the ingredients to throw together a sangria punch.  It was really simple with some rum, red wine, orange juice, and fruits.  A recipe can be found here.

I think my favorite food of Thanksgiving are the sweet potatoes.  My favorite recipe is one that my dad taught me for candied yams.  To make them, you mix together some water (or juice if you’re using canned sweet potatoes), brown sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt in a pan over heat.  This mixture needs to be stirred and cooked until thick and foamy.  Once it’s  thick, add sweet potatoes to the pan.  Mix over heat.  From here, there are two options.  The potatoes can continue to cook in the pan until soft and falling apart or can be transferred to an oven safe container and covered with marshmallows.  They can be stuck in the already warm oven until the marshmallows turn golden brown.

I hope you enjoy all of these Thanksgiving recipe ideas!  What’s your favorite dish of the holiday?

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