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Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Bhakti Satalkar Nov 20, 2018
Are you planning to have a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner? Then you may be in search of easy recipes, which you can use to plan Thanksgiving meal. Here, we will see some easy recipes for appetizers, main course and desserts.
The harvest festival is known as Thanksgiving Day. It is commonly celebrated in the United States and Canada. It is the day, when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to God, along with family and friends. The traditional meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for the harvest.
The Thanksgiving day is celebrated on different days in the United States and in Canada. The fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving day in the United States, while the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving also means lunch and dinner with the close and extended family.
There are certain recipes, which are called Thanksgiving recipes, as they are normally made on Thanksgiving and normally not made on other days of the year. Many of these recipes are elaborate and may take long to make, along with a long list of ingredients. Therefore, a lot of people deter from making these recipes.
However, here we will see some easy recipes, which will ensure that you get to spend some time with family and friends rather than just in the kitchen. Having said that let's turn towards Thanksgiving dinner ideas, which can also be converted into lunch ideas.

Thanksgiving Food Ideas with Recipes

Every Thanksgiving most of us start looking for Thanksgiving menu ideas, which we can use to whip up some interesting meal for our loved ones. We have divided the recipes into soup recipes, appetizer recipes, main course recipes and desserts recipes.

Thanksgiving Soup Recipe

Pumpkin is a part of the Thanksgiving feast. How can soups be left out from there? You may want to convert this recipe into vegetarian recipe as well. We will now see the recipe to make pumpkin soup.

Pumpkin Soup

Instructions for preparation:
On 4 slices of brown bread, spread butter on one side. Place the buttered side up on a baking tray and bake the slices for about 8 to 10 minutes, till they are crisp at 400º Fahrenheit. Cut the slices into squares, so that the croutons for soup are ready.
Now saute one cup onion in a saucepan, add 1 teaspoon brown sugar, chicken (vegetable) broth, pumpkin puree, ginger, allspice, black pepper and cinnamon to the onions and let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. At last add whipping cream and serve with croutons on top.

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe

There are a number of appetizer recipes, which are a part of Thanksgiving spread. However, one can choose a healthy recipe to make some healthy appetizers as well. We will see one such relatively easy recipe here.

Deviled Eggs

Instructions for preparation:
Boil and cut 7 eggs lengthwise. Remove the yolks gently and keep them aside. Mash yolks and add 1 tbsp of mayonnaise, 1 to 1 ½ tbsp of pickle of your choice, 1 tsp mustard sauce, salt and pepper according to taste.
Make small balls with the yolks and place them evenly in the egg whites. Use paprika, pimentos and pickles to garnish. Cover and place them in the refrigerator for some time, before you serve this easy to make appetizer.

Thanksgiving Main Course Recipe

The main course for Thanksgiving necessarily has to include some turkey recipes, without which Thanksgiving will not be Thanksgiving.

Roasted Turkey

Instructions for preparation:
You may come across a number of Thanksgiving stuffing recipes for turkey. However, this is one of the most simplest of all. Preheat the oven to 450º Fahrenheit. Till the oven heats up clean turkey and remove skin from the breast. Combine chives, tarragon, thyme, marjoram, dill and rosemary with olive oil. Rub it on the turkey.
You can either add salt and pepper to the herbs mixture or sprinkle it on the turkey after rubbing the mixture. You either choose to put stuffing of your choice in the turkey or use orange, apple and onion chunks along with herb springs in the cavity. Make sure the wing tips are covered with foil.
Roast for 10 to 12 minutes and then loosely cover turkey with foil and roast it at 325º Fahrenheit for 3 ½ to 4 hours, till the thermometer reads 165º in the thickest part of the thigh. No doubt, this traditional dish will be savored by one and all at the table. Let it stand for some time before you carve the turkey and serve this special dinner recipe.

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Naturally after the main course, the meal has to be rounded up with some mouth-watering desserts. You can choose from a wide range of Thanksgiving desserts.

Apple Pie

Instructions for preparation:
This is one of the easy Thanksgiving desserts, as a matter of fact it is a part of the Southern Thanksgiving menu. In a sauce pan melt butter. Add 3 tbsp of all-purpose flour and mix to make a paste. Add half cup white and half cup brown sugar along with a quarter cup of water. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.
Place the pastry double crust pie in a pan. Peel, core and slice 8 apples and place them on the pastry crust. Cover it with lattice work of crust. Then pour the sugar liquid on the crust and bake at 425º Fahrenheit for 15 to 18 minutes. Continue to bake the pie at 350º Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes. Let it stand for 10 minutes, before you serve it.
Now that you have a number of easy recipes, whipping up a delicious Thanksgiving meal should not be a big problem for you. You will be able to plan an easy Thanksgiving dinner. Just a tip before you start with the preparation, if possible you may want to opt for dessert recipes, which you can make beforehand, so that you are not pressed for time.