Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tips & Tricks - Thanksgiving Recipes

Today we're linking up our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. 

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Now, on to the fabulous party!

All of my recipes have been passed down from my mother. She's one of those Southern ladies who loves to cook for a huge crowd. She grew up with eleven brothers and sisters, so she definitely knows how to cook! Luckily for me, all I do is show up at her house each Thanksgiving and eat. 

My mother-in-law and I switch years for hosting Thanksgiving dinner. The first year I cooked the full Thanksgiving dinner, I was scared to death everyone would hate it....or I would burn everything....or undercook the turkey. 

This year is my year to cook. 

My husband and I usually tackle the turkey together. We've done it several different ways....

  • If you aren't very brave, you can buy the turkey tenderloin and cook it all day in the crockpot. Seriously, you cannot screw that up! I plan for one pack of turkey for every two people. 
  • My husband likes to smoke a turkey. He uses a larger elecrtric smoker and it comes out great every single time. We use a combination of hickory chips and Jack Daniels infused chips. We smoke the turkey at 250 degrees for ten hours, or until the meat reaches 180 degrees. Just season your turkey and baste it with some apple juice every two hours. 
  • This year, I'm going to roast my turkey in the oven. I will baste my turkey with a mixture of one cup of cranberry juice, orange juice, and onion soup mix. 
My side dishes:
  • Cheesy Squash Casserole (The very best you will ever eat!)
  • Mustard Potato Salad (Only for those who love a good, tart potato salad)
  • Cornbread Dressing
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Broccoli Casserole
  • Some type of bread
  • Some type of pie! 
So there we go! I'll mix up all of the side dishes the day before and then I just pop everything into the oven as needed! Simple, but good!

Ready to see what everyone else is having next week? 

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