Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up {Over 35 Recipes}

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up {Over 35 Recipes}

Happy Thursday everyone! There's only 2 weeks left before Thanksgiving, so I thought I would post my Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up. I'm sure most of you already have your Thanksgiving Menu all planned out, but just in case I wanted to share a list of some tasty options.

Several dishes on this list are "make ahead" items which will save you precious time n Thanksgiving Day. Just look for a * in front of the recipe which notes it's a make ahead and freezable recipe

I'm also including a few links for anyone who is on a Gluten Free Diet. Kristy from Mommy Hates Cooking features several Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas, and Lynn, from Lynn's Cooking Adventures is sharing some Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts. I also found a link from the Gluten Free Homemaker with several more Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes. Let's get started shall we?

Appetizers & Starters
I always like to have a few appetizers and finger foods available for everyone to snack on. This year I'm making 2 dips (Queso Dip & Hot Corn Dip) and some sausage balls to tide everyone over until the big feast. I have a triple crock pot, so everything stays warm and everyone can just serve themselves. More than likely I will be making some deviled eggs as well. 

Main Dish
Brown Bag Roasted Turkey - I make this turkey every year. It's so easy and the turkey always comes out so moist and golden brown.

Honey Baked Ham - If you serve ham along with turkey this Copy Cat version of  the famous Honey Baked Ham is perfect. This is my favorite ham recipe that I serve every Christmas and Easter.

Side Dishes

* Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole - Oh goodness this is my favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes. This casserole is always a huge hit and everyone asks for the recipe before heading home. This recipe can be prepared, assembled and frozen (unbaked) ahead of time. Just remove from the freezer, thaw and bake.

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese - This mac & cheese recipe is very easy to make and prepared right on the stove (oven space saver). If you're looking for a easy creamy macaroni and cheese I suggest this one.

Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes - This recipe uses fresh potatoes a basic white sauce and Velveeta cheese. This dish pairs wonderfully with ham.  

* Crock Pot Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole - Prepare this cheesy potato dish in your crock pot to save precious oven space. If you want to prepare the dish in the oven you can assemble and freeze it (unbaked) in advance. 

* Ma Maw's Country Cornbread Dressing - Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving without Ma Maw's Butlers homemade cornbread dressing. I love this dressing as much as I love her. I sure do miss Ma Maw, and I think of her every time I make this dressing. This recipe can also be prepared and frozen ahead of time. Just freeze unbaked. 

Cranberry Orange Sauce - Cranberry Sauce is a must at Thanksgiving and this is my favorite recipe. This sauce combines the flavors or fresh cranberries and orange juice. This sauce can also be prepared days in advance and stored in a air tight container in the refrigerator.

Sweet & Sour Green Beans - This recipe comes from my late step mother in law, Louise. I had this green bean dish years ago at her Thanksgiving dinner and I've been making it ever since. Some of my favorite recipes are from family members that have passed on. I still think of them every time I prepare and eat these wonderful dishes. They're definitely a gift. 

Buttery Crisp Green Beans - Basic steamed green beans that are tossed in kosher salt and a bit of butter. Simple but good. 
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots - Fresh steamed carrots that are sauteed in a butter sauce with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Another family recipe from my mother in law.

Baked Brown Sugar & Honey Acorn Squash -Acorn Squash is a winter squash, but baking it with brown sugar, honey and butter reminds me of the flavors of Fall!!! 

Corn Casserole - is popular side dish in the south and always on our holiday table. It's made with a corn muffin mix, creamed corn, whole kernal corn, sour cream and cheese. You can also use a jalapeno corn bread mix if you want to add a little heat.

Breads & Rolls
* Cake Mix Dinner Rolls - is my favorite dinner roll! I make these for just about every holiday. Who would of thought you could make dinners rolls out of a cake mix. The cake mix gives the rolls a slightly sweet flavor. 

This bread dough can be made ahead of time and formed into rolls. Just flash freeze on a baking sheet (to keep them from sticking) unbaked and place in a Ziplock bag. Remove from freezer the day you want to use them. Thaw, rise and continue baking.
Legendary Lion House Rolls - This recipe is a copy cat recipe for the Legendary Lion House Rolls from the Lion House Restaurant in Utah. Each roll is slathered with butter on the inside before rising and  baking. This recipes makes a large quantity perfect for feeding a crowd.

* Soft Honey Wheat Rolls - Yummy soft wheat rolls slathered with honey butter. These rolls can also be prepared and shaped ahead of time and flash frozen before rising and baking. When your ready to use them just remove from the freezer, thaw, rise and bake.

Lightened Up Pumpkin Pie - This is a lightened up and less sugar version of the classic pumpkin pie.

If you are looking for a easy no bake pie I highly recommend this Double Layer Pumpkin Pie. This one is easy peasy to prepare and only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. Make ahead and store in your freezer to save time. 

* Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cheesecake - This cheescake has the combination of pumpkin and dulce de leche. A nice change from traditional pumpkin pie. I always prepare and bake this cheesecake ahead of time. Sometimes weeks in advance and freeze it. Just remove from the freezer about 4-5 hours before you will be serving the cheesecake.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie - If pumpkin pie isn't for you. Try a slice of Southern Sweet Potato Pie instead. No one will ever know it's sweet potato. 

* Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake - Another festive cheesecake with the flavors of pumpkin and gingerbread. the crust and topping are made from crushed gingerbread Oreo cookies. This cheesecake can also be baked ahead of time and frozen until the big day.

Miss Kay's Honey Pecan Pie - My new favorite Pecan Pie!!! Miss Kay's Honey Pecan Pie is the bomb. Who would of thought honey could be so good in a pecan pie. When it comes to pecan pies I always make them the day before I serve them, so the pie has plenty of time to set up.

Southern Pecan Pie - This Southern Pecan pie has been my go to recipe for many many years. That is until Miss Kay's recipe came along. Still a great recipes especially if you don't prefer honey in your pecan pie.

Classic Apple Pie - I always make a apple pie every Thanksgiving because it's my little guys favorite. This recipe is definitely the best of the best and courtesy of Christy Jordan's (Southern Plates) mama. 

Minnie's Chocolate Pie  is the famous pie minus the terrible awful from the book and movie The Help!

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie: Buttermilk pie is always a favorite on any holiday dessert table. Sometimes simple is best.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Meringue Pie - This recipe is as old as my first born. He will be 20 in a few short months (so hard to believe). I got this recipe from a friends Grandmother and it truly is the best old fashioned chocolate meringue pie I've ever tasted. 

This Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie  is to die for!!! This decadent peanut butter pie has four delicious layers, a crumbly peanut layer in the bottom of the  pie crust, then a homemade vanilla custard is added. The pie is finished off with a fluffy meringue and additional peanut butter topping. This was the best peanut butter pie I have ever eaten (no lie). 

This Pumpkin Pie Cake combines the flavors of traditional pumpkin pie with, a cake like bottom and topping, made from a cake mix. This pumpkin flavored cake is a new holiday favorite in our house and nice change from pumpkin pie. 

Moms Fresh Apple Cake: My mother in laws fresh apple cake with apples, pecans and vanilla glaze on top.
Magic Peach Cobbler: Cobbler is perfect anytime of the year and it's perfect because it feeds a crowd. This magic in this peach cobbler is the addition of hot water which yields a crispy sugary topping. Trust me on this one.  

Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake - This scrumptious Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake is new to my blog as well as a nice change from traditional pumpkin pie. I had this recipe floating in my head for quite some time before I made it. This cake turned out as great as I imagined.

Pumpkin Cake W/Caramel Cider Sauce - This cake is always a big hit every year. The cake is cotton soft with a homemade cider glaze.

* Pumpkin Cake Roll - This is a oldie but goodie of a recipe. I am sure everyone has had a pumpkin roll a time or two. These are great to make ahead of time. Just store in the freezer until you are ready to serve it. Last year was my first year making one all by myself. 

This Crock Pot Apple Pumpkin Cake is super simple to make using your slow cooker. The bottom has a apple filling and topped with pumpkin cake. Add a dollop of whipping cream and you have a quick easy dessert. 

* Fall Pumpkin Bread or Lightened Up Fall Pumpkin Bread - Both are great versions of pumpkin bread and perfect for snacking before the big meal.

Pumpkin Pecan Crunch aka Pumpkin Dump Cake: Is a nice change from traditional pumpkin pie. 

I love sugar cookies for just about any holidays. These cute Turkey Shaped Sugar Cookies start with a sugar cookie dough and decorated with chocolate frosting, Indian & candy corn, edible eyes and fall sprinkles. 

These Easy Pilgrim Hat Cookies are perfect activity to keep the kiddos busy while dinner is cooking. Round up the older kids to help out 

These Mini Pecan Pie Muffins are a tiny little piece of heaven and perfect for your thanksgiving get together. If you  like pecan pie you will love these. 

Fruit & Jell-O Salads
* Strawberry Jell-O Salad - in the south a holiday just isn't a holiday without a jell-o congealed salad. So many variations and everyone always says theirs is the best!!! This recipe has strawberry jell-o, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, pecans (optional) and heavy cream. Congealed salads are best made the night before serving.

Southern Ambrosia - is a staple in every southern household on any given holiday. By far one of my favorite simple fruit salads.

* Buttermilk Creamsicle Jell-O Salad - Is another yummy jell-o congealed salad. This one taste just like a creamsicle. This recipe consists of orange jell-o, mandarin oranges, buttermilk and cool whip. This is another fruity salad you will want to make the night before serving.

Aunt Georgia's Pineapple Pretzel Salad - I made this recipe for the first time last year and it pairs perfectly with ham. I do warn you once you make the candied pretzels it's so hard not to eat them before adding them to the salad, so I suggest making extras. 

* Easy Fruit Salad - Diabetic Friendly if you use sugar free pie filling. This recipe can also be made the night before which is a great time saver. 

Well there you have it my Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up. I definitely won't be making every dish on this list, but it certainly is a great variety. I hope you found something you liked. Happy Thanksgiving.

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1 comment:

Janelle Marie said... #

Amazing recipes!
That Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole looks incredible. I'll have to make a few of these for my Thanksgiving dinner party next week. Happy Thanksgiving!