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Thanksgiving recipe ideas?

This will be me and my husband’s first “married” Thanksgiving. My parents are cooking Thanksgiving dinner but I want to bring a side dish and a dessert. I’m a new cook so nothing to gourmet. Any ideas and recipes will be appreciated. Thanks alot!

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12 Responses to “Thanksgiving recipe ideas?”

  1. gemmyt said :

    Go to
    Great site and users review and leave comments on the recipes so you get some terrific information beforehand.
    They have tons of Thanksgiving recipes!

    We too go my parents. I usually do the ham, bring the green bean casserole, the sweet potatoes (easy, get a can, cut them into bite size pieces, a few pats of real butter on top, a couple handfuls of brown sugar and top with marshmallows, all in a casserole dish), I make a carmel/apple pie and usually my fudge. Oh and deviled eggs (also easy, boil your eggs, peel when cool, cut in half putting the yolks in a big bowl and the egg whites on a tray. Smash the egg yolks, a food processor works great, add mayo or miracle whip, prepared mustard, salt and pepper, just keep tasting until it is how you want it. Put that yolk mixture in a piping bag or a plastic sandwich bag with a tip cut off and pipe into the egg white halfs. This always goes over great!)

    OK, this is a HUGE answer for me, because with these two points I go to Level 6! Thanks!

  2. MomOf4 said :

    Baked Cheese Grits – My family LOVES them!

    4 cups grits (Quaker Quick Grits)
    1 cup water
    Follow directions on can to make the grits then add:

    2 eggs
    1 stick butter
    2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (sharp taste the best)
    I always add 1 tablespoon garlic & 1 teaspoon Pepper

    I use a mixer to stir it all together or you can use a spoon
    Pour it into a greased caserole dish and bake on 350 for 45 minutes. You can also add bacon bits before cooking or put bacon pieces on top about 15 min before its done cooking

    Even if you don’t like grits these are AWESOME!!! I’ve converted several non-grit eating people into eating these. They’re always surprised how YUMYUM they are.
    Good Luck!

  3. sudonym x said :

    Get a frozen pie, I think that Mrs Smith’s are great, very easy to deal with.

  4. Faith said :

    My favorite side dish and dessert for Thanksgiving dinner:

    Cornbread Salad
    (make it easier by using bacon bits instead of real bacon)

    Pumpkin Roll

  5. Jenn said :

    dressing, turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, lemon cake

  6. busymama said :

    Green Bean Casserole is a favorite
    2 cans Cr. of Mush soup
    1 c milk
    2 tsp soy sauce
    1/4 tsp pepper
    8 c. cooked green beans
    2 2/3 c French’s French Fried Onions
    1. Stir all but 1 c. Onions together. Put into a 3qt casserole.
    2. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min
    3. Top with remaining onions. Bake 5 min more. Serves 12

    Acorn Squash with Gorgonzola

    2 Acorn squash
    1/2 c. Crisco Butter Flavor shortening,melted
    salt and pepper to taste
    6 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
    3 T. raisins
    1/4 c. seasoned dry breadcrumbs
    1. Pierce squash with a knife in several places. Place squash directly on middle rack of oven.
    2. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min or just until tender. Let cool.
    3. Cut each squash in half; remove and discard seeds.Cut each half into 2 wedges. Arrange skin side down on a lightly greased roasting pan. Bruch cut sides with shortening and salt and pepper to taste.
    4.Combine cheese and raisins. Top each squash wedge with cheese mixture and sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs; Drizzle with remaining shortening.
    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min or until cheese is golden and melted.

    Pumpkin-Chocolate Rice Pudding

    1 lg. egg
    3 large eggs, separated
    3/4. tsp slt, divided
    1 15 oz. can pumpkin
    1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
    3/4 c. sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1 3.5 oz Success white rice, uncooked
    1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 7oz jar marshmallow cream
    1. Whisk together egg, 3 egg yolks, 1/2 tsp. salt, pumpkin, and mext 5 ingredients ina lg. mixing bowl until smooth;Stir in rice and chips. Spoon mix into a lightly greased 1 1/2 qt baking dish. Place dish in a 9×13 baking dish; add hot water to 9×13 pan to a depth of 1″.
    2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min Stir rice mix, and bake 40 min more.
    3. Beat 3 egg whites and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add marshmallow cream, beating at high speed for 4 min or until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue evenly over warm pudding, sealing edges.
    4. Bake 15 min more or until meringue is lightly golden brown. Serve warm, or cool completely.

  7. Julia said :

    There are a lot of great recipes at Food TV or
    Both site tell you how difficult the recipes are and allrecipes has ratings so you can see how good the dish is.

    Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. momof1qt said :

    Go to, type in something that you have to use as a side dish, or something that sounds good and everything pertaining to that ingredient will pop up. It’s wonderful because the directions are really easy to follow. Try this for a easy but yummy dessert.

    Oreo Cheese Cake

    1-prepared Oreo Pie Crust
    1 8oz brick of cream cheese at room temp
    1-8oz tub cool whip thawed
    1-tsp vanilla
    1/3 cup sugar
    Chocolate ice cream topping. DO NOT HEAT IT! Just use at room temp. Use something thick, not hershey’s.

    Mix cream cheese, cool whip, vanilla and sugar on low until well blended. Refrigerate 1 hour. Drizzle chocolate topping and refrigerate at least another hour before serving. Can be made a day in advance. (Other options are using a prepared graham cracker or shortbread crust and using fresh or thawn frozen berries as a topping. Wonderful anyway prepared!)

  9. Swirly said :

    My family enjoys this casserole every year……

    3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into cubes
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup brown sugar – divided
    1/2 cup butter – melted – divided
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    up to 1/2 cup orange juice
    1 cup chopped walnuts
    large marshmallows
    In a large saucepan over high heat, bring potatoes to boil, reduce heat; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes and drain. Beat potatoes until slightly smooth, beat in eggs, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, salt and cinnamon. Starting with 1/4 cup orange juice, make mixture moist and fluffy. Spread in a 2-3 quart pan. Top with nuts. Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar, then 1/4 cup melted butter. Place Marshmallows on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Don’t let marshmallows over cook.

    Use this as a dipping sauce for Turkey:

    1 (16 oz.) can jellied cranberry sauce
    1 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup orange juice
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Mix all ingredients together. Cook in a saucepan on medium heat until smooth and heated thoroughly.

    1 cup sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
    1 2/3 cups evaporated milk (I use 1 (12oz.) can)
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 unbaked pastry shell (9-inch)
    Combine sugar, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, and eggs; mix well. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Shield the crust edge with a pie shield ring or fashion one with aluminum foil and place over edge. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 40 minutes or until center is set.

    2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups Crisco oil
    4 eggs
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    3 cups grated raw carrots
    1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
    Mix in large bowl, sugar, oil and eggs; beat well. In separate bowl, sift flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Blend dry ingredients into egg mixture. Stir in carrots and nuts. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 300 degrees for about 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool well before icing.

    1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3 cups sifted powdered sugar
    1 Tablespoon milk
    Cream all ingredients together until spreading consistency.

  10. Rain32 said :

    Easy you can make pistachio pudding-you will need 1 tub (8oz) of cool whip, 1 can of fruit cocktail, undrained, 1 box of pistcahio pudding -mix together chill and viola your dessert.. Side dish hmm either green been casserole or scalloped corn or sweet potatoes..

  11. Sugar PIe said :

    **Both of these are easy-peasy! Happy TG!**

    Green Bean Bundles

    1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half horizonatally
    1 package whole frozen green beans — thawed and rinsed or use fresh green beans,trimmed and blanched; can also used canned whole GB’s
    1/4 cup butter
    3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    2 teaspoons garlic powder

    Group 6 to 8 beans together into a bundle and wrap a slice or 1/2 slice of bacon around the bundle of beans and secure with a toothpick.

    Place bundles in a 9×13 inch baking dish in one layer.

    In a saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.

    Remove from heat and pour over the beans.

    Cover dish with foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes.

    Chocolate Pudding Cake

    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup plain flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons of baking powder
    2 Tablespoons cocoa
    ½ cup milk
    1 teaspoon of vanilla
    3 Tablespoons melted, cooled, margarine

    Sift sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa together in pan. Stir in milk, margarine and vanilla. Batter will look like brownie batter. Spread batter into greased baking dish (Pyrex bowl or 9”x15” dish).

    ½ cup of granulated sugar
    ½ cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup cocoa

    Mix topping sugars and cocoa together and sprinkle dry ingredients over batter.
    Pour 1 ½ cups of tap water over all. DO NOT STIR.
    Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until topping is done.
    (In the baking process, ingredients will reverse themselves – finished product will look like a brownie on top and have chocolate pudding on bottom. Serve in bowls with spoons.
    Serves 6-8 people. Good with vanilla ice cream or cool whip.

  12. ib2pikee said :

    I have a sugar free dish that is great.It is a salad, but my daughter eats it as a dessert.1-cool whip,1-carton cottage cheese-1-can crushed pineapples(drained)-1-pack sugar free jello(any flavor).Mix all together and let it stand in the fridge(covered)over night if possible.stir before serving.As for a side dish, make a relish tray,black olives,chunked cheeses,green olives,baby gherkins,and purple onion.Put it all on a platter.


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