5 Easy Recipes For The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

The holidays are upon us and you know what that means, roommates!  It’s time to start dusting off those decorations, gathering with friends and family, and prepping for (arguably) the best thing about Thanksgiving – the food!

Thanksgiving can be nice, especially with the right recipes! Find some good ones at the myWebRoom Blog!

Now is the time to start getting your recipes together so you can be sure to impress your guests this holiday season.  We know that you probably have some old secret family recipes up your sleeve, but in case you want some fresh inspiration to try out this year, we’ve compiled a list just for you!  Most of these are our tried and true holiday favorites, but we also threw in some new ones that we’ll be testing out ourselves this year!  Enjoy!

 

Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto

We know that you have a lot on your plate this year, so we wanted to give you a quick and easy vegetable side dish that still tastes like something you’d order at a gourmet restaurant.  It wasn’t hard to come up with something – we simplified  a recipe from myRecipes and added salty, crispy goodness of prosciutto.  This fall favorite is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread!

Never turn your nose up at brussels sprouts again with this delicious Thanksgiving recipe at the myWebRoom Blog!

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

-3 cups of trimmed brussels sprouts

-¼ cup of prosciutto, chopped

-2 cloves of garlic, chopped

-2 tablespoons of olive oil

-salt

-pepper

Here’s the plan:

Boil the brussels sprouts in a pot of water for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Once you can get a fork through them, pour them into a strainer and shock them with cold water so that they stop cooking.  On your cutting board, cut them in half lengthwise.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add your olive oil, garlic, prosciutto, and brussels sprouts.  Saute everything for a few minutes until the garlic turns a golden color, the prosciutto gets a little crisp around its edges, and everything is covered in the olive oil.  Remove it all from the pan, pour it onto a beautiful serving platter, and voila: your veggie side dish is done!

 

 Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

 What would Thanksgiving be without sweet potatoes?!  We saw this dish done with more complexity (like this one at Baked in Arizona) but toned the effort down by adding layers of marshmallow-y goodness instead of nuts.  This sweet, creamy recipe is sure to please everyone at the table!  Feel free to substitute yams if you prefer them to potatoes.

Not quite dinner but not quite dessert, you'll love this Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole recipe at the myWebRoom Blog!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-5 sweet potatoes, sliced

-4 tablespoons of butter, sliced thin

-½ cup of brown sugar

-1 bag of mini marshmallows

Here’s the plan:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9×13 glass baking dish, then layer the bottom with enough sweet potato slices to cover the dish.  Layer half of the butter slices on top of the potatoes, sprinkle some of the brown sugar on top, then cover with half of the marshmallows.  Repeat with the remaining potato slices, butter, and brown sugar so that the casserole is layered like lasagna.  Bake it for about 30 minutes, then pour the remaining marshmallows on top.  Pop it back in the oven for another ten minutes until the top layer of marshmallows is lightly browned.  Serve it up and enjoy!

 

Roast Turkey

We all know what the main course on practically every table in America will be on November 27th – turkey!  Thanksgiving and turkeys go hand in hand, but making the large, juicy bird can be a daunting task for first-timers.  We scoured the internet and found this simple, yet über tasty recipe that even first time cooks can tackle.

The traditional Thanksgiving turkey recipe gets a new spin at the myWebRoom Blog!

Here’s what you’ll need:

 -1 turkey, thawed & cleaned, with innards removed

-1 cup of kosher salt

-½ cup of light brown sugar

-1 gallon of vegetable stock

-1 tablespoon of black peppercorns

-1 ½ teaspoons of allspice berries

-1 ½ teaspoons of chopped, candied ginger

-1 gallon of heavily iced water

-½ onion, sliced

-1 cinnamon stick

-1 cup of water

-4 sprigs of rosemary

-6 leaves of sage

-olive oil

Here’s the plan:

Two days before Thanksgiving, combine your vegetable stock, candied ginger, brown sugar, peppercorns, and allspice berries in a large pot on the stove.  Turn the heat to medium-high, making sure to occasionally stir the mixture.  Once your liquid is boiling, remove the pot from the heat, let it cool, and then put it in a container and store it in the refrigerator to use later.

The night before Thanksgiving, pull out your container and combine its contents in a five gallon pot with the ice water.  Immerse your turkey fully in the liquid, cover it, and put it in the refrigerator for 8 to 16 hours.

Early Thanksgiving morning, preheat your oven to 500 degrees F.  Remove the turkey from the liquid, pat it dry with paper towels, and put it on a roasting rack.

Put the sliced onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a bowl and microwave it on high for five minutes.  Pour the microwaved medley inside the turkey’s cavity.  Also add the fresh rosemary and sage to the turkey’s cavity.  Coat the turkey’s skin with olive oil until the whole bird is fully covered, then tuck the wings underneath the stomach.

Roast the turkey on the lowest shelf in the oven for 30 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F and insert a thermometer into the breast.  If your turkey is around 15 pounds, it will need to roast a total of 2 – 2 ½ hours and the thermometer should read 161 degrees F when it’s done.  Once the bird is cooked, loosely cover it with tin foil for 15 minutes before you serve it to your guests.

 

Herb Stuffing

Nothing compliments a turkey quite like stuffing!  Whether you cook it the old fashioned way inside the turkey or bake it separately, this herbal bready goodness is sure to make your holiday meal a tasty one!  We found this drool-worthy recipe and can’t wait to give it a test run this year.

Bring some extra flavor to your table with this Thanksgiving herb stuffing at the myWebRoom Blog! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 -2 sticks of butter

-1 cup of diced onions

-1 loaf of bread, diced (try challah, Texas toast, or corn bread to add some extra flavor!)

-30 ounces of chicken stock

-3 tablespoons of fresh sage leaves, minced

-2 tablespoons of fresh parsley leaves, minced

-1 tablespoon of fresh garlic, minced

-1 tablespoon of salt

-1 tablespoon of white pepper

 Here’s the plan:

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onions; cook them for 15 minutes while occasionally stirring.  Once the onions are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the diced bread in a roasting pan and add the salt, pepper, chicken stock, parsley, garlic, and sage.  Mix gently with a wooden spoon and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes.  Stir it every so often just to make sure that all of the bread is soaking up the juice.  Once the bread is finished marinating, cover the whole thing with foil and bake it for 30-45 minutes.  When the stuffing turns golden on top, pull it out of the oven and serve it up!

 

Apple Crisp

We hope you left room for dessert!  This apple crisp recipe is one of our seasonal favorites (apples are glorious this time of year) and a definite crowd pleaser!  In fact, we recommend making two – you’ll be surprised how fast they go! If you’re vegan or gluten-free, we also have an alternate version without the dairy from Damy Health.

Give your Thanksgiving an extra crunch with this great apple crisp recipe from the myWebRoom Blog!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-4-6 apples, sliced (we like to use Fuji or Gala, but pick your favorite)

-⅓ cup of flower

-1 cup of rolled oats

-½ cup of brown sugar

-½ stick of butter

-1 teaspoon of cinnamon

 Here’s the plan:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl until everything is crumbly.  Butter the bottom of a pie pan and then line it with the apple slices.  Take the stick of butter and rub the tops of the apples until all of them are coated.  Mix the remaining butter in with the crumbly mixture, then pour it on top of the fruit and pack it down to make it all fit.  Pop it in the oven for 40-45 minutes, let it cool, and then enjoy!  If you want to really get fancy, drizzle caramel sauce over the top and serve it with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you use any of these recipes, we would love to hear how they turned out!  From all of us here at myWebRoom, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

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