Easy Thanksgiving Recipes Everyone Will Gobble Up

Whether you are making a Thanksgiving dinner with your friends at school or helping your parents with the big Turkey Day Dinner, don’t worry. I’ve got some easy recipes that are so delicious that your family and friends will gobble it up in a matter of minutes! You can sit back (in your elastic waistband pants) and just take alllll the credit for a delicious meal.

Main Course:

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Stuffing -This is a dish I made up on my own one day when I was craving stuffed chicken and let me tell you, it is delicious! It has all the goodness of a Thanksgiving meal wrapped up in one piece of stuffed chicken. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!
What you need:

  • One package of boneless chicken breasts
  • One package of Craisins dried cranberries
  • One box of Stove Top turkey or chicken flavor stuffing
  • Toothpicks
  • McCormick Chicken Gravy packet

Directions:

  1. Cook the stuffing according to boxed directions. Add Craisins and stir. Set aside.
  2. Make the gravy package as directed by the package. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, use a meat tenderizer to flatten the chicken breasts. Once flat, scoop one ice cream-scoop-sized spoonful onto the chicken breast. Use the spoon to flatten the stuffing across the breast. Then, start at the left side and roll the chicken, and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a glass or ceramic casserole dish. Top with Gravy mix.
  5. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked throughout.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Topping -This is a side dish I’ve adapted from my infamous twice-baked potato recipe, which I usually make with white potatoes and top with cheddar cheese and bacon. But since it is fall, I’ve decided to take a new twist on this favorite dish!
What you need:

  • Sweet potatoes (buy as many sweet potatoes as the number of people you are feeding)
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Crushed pecans
  • Brown sugar
  • Bag of mini-marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Cook the sweet potatoes. You can either bake them in the oven or cheat like I do by nuking them in the microwave. If you do the microwave technique, poke holes in the sweet potato, cover with a paper towel, put in the microwave and cook until soft.
  2. Once cooked, slice the sweet potatoes in half. Using a spoon, scoop out the inside of the potato and put into a large bowl. Set the potato “shell” to the side.
  3. Using a handheld mixer, add butter and milk to the bowl of sweet potato filling. Add however much you need to get the consistency of mashed potatoes. Sprinkle in a dash of cinnamon to taste.
  4. Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup of brown sugar with the bag of chopped pecans.
  5. Add the brown sugar combination to the sweet potato mixture.
  6. Using a spoon, divvy up the sweet potato mixture among the sweet potato shells. Top with mini marshmallows.
  7. Bake in over at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Bacon Pan-seared Brussel Sprouts – My stepmom made this dish for a regular dinner one night, but it was so delicious that it is worthy of being of Thanksgiving staple. Green vegetables are a great pair to sweet potatoes. And I should mention that the flavor in this dish is out of this world.
What you need:

  • Bacon, ½ package
  • 1 bag of frozen brussel sprouts

Directions:

  1. Cook the bacon as directed by package. Cook until crunchy.
  2. Meanwhile, defrost the brussel sprouts by boiling them in a pot of water.
  3. Slice each brussel sprout in half, then dump them in the pan used to make the bacon, leaving the bacon grease in the pan. (The bacon grease gives it the flavor!)
  4. Sear the brussel sprouts until browned.

Sweet Treats

Pumpkin Pie Pudding – My roommate introduced me to this recipe earlier this month, when she made a big batch of it for us. With this pudding comes all the best flavors you know and love from a traditional pumpkin pie, only this recipe takes hardly any time and you don’t have to worry about burning it! This recipe is simple and cheap to make.
What you need:

  • 1 box of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 can of Libby’s pumpkin puree
  • Mini graham cracker pie shells
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Make the pudding as the box states. Instead of using regular milk, use evaporated milk.
  2. Add some brown sugar and cinnamon to taste.
  3. If you are looking for extra points to wow them, present each serving in a mini graham cracker pie shell, and top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg!

Acorn Cookies -I forget where I came across this recipe, so I am sorry I cannot give the source the credit due, because these are adorable! These little treats resemble acorns, perfect for the fall season.
What you need:

  • Bag of mini chocolate chips
  • Mini round Nutter Butter cookie sandwiches
  • Bag of Hershey’s Kisses

Directions:

  1. Melt ½ of the chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every few seconds.
  2. Dip the flat end of the Kiss into melted chocolate and place a Nutter Butter on top.
  3. Dip a mini chocolate chip in the melted chocolate and stick it on top of the cookie to resemble the stem.
  4. Set aside to dry.

I hope you enjoy these recipes that have become favorites in my family. Happy Thanksgiving!

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