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10 Super Easy and Affordable Thanksgiving Recipes

10 Super Easy and Affordable Thanksgiving Recipes
Written by Oana Schneider

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you are not a licensed cook, you can still prepare a great Thanksgiving dinner that’s not difficult to make or expensive by any means. Stay with us to find out how to cook your turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans and bake delicious biscuits! Check out these super affordable Thanksgiving recipes!

1. Turkey Recipe (No Brining)

For this recipe, you will need to follow a few steps. You will need a turkey, vegetables (celery, onions, carrots, and garlic), chicken broth, herbs (of your choice) and butter. Chop the vegetables, put them on the bottom of your pan, add some olive oil, salt and pepper and some chicken broth. Now take care of your turkey.

Chop your herbs very finely, add the butter and mix everything together until you get a marbled composition. Using your fingers, push it between the meat and the skin of the turkey. Finally, place your turkey on top of the vegetables you prepared earlier and send everything to the oven for 2 hours.

Take your turkey out and use the juices in the pan to moisten your turkey then put everything back in the oven for another 30 minutes. Do this every 30 minutes for an hour and a half and your turkey will look fantastic.

Here’s Laura Vitale’s tutorial to walk you through the entire process:

2. Classic Stuffing Recipe

This is a classic stuffing recipe that pretty much anyone can make, no matter if they are a master chef or a newbie. Start by melting ¾ sticks of butter in a pan, add a finely chopped onion (or two, it’s up to you) and mix everything until the onion becomes nice and soft.

Then, pour everything on top of your bread and mix some more. You can use any kind of bread, basically. You can cut your sandwich bread slices into bite-sized pieces and then put them in the oven for 5 minutes or you could just buy a bag of croutons and call it a day.

After mixing everything together, place your composition in a pan and send it to the oven for 5-7 minutes on low heat. Stuff your turkey with it and happy Thanksgiving!

3. Bring In The Gravy

Here’s a great gravy recipe from Rachel Ray. Start by melting ½ sticks of butter in a pan, add two or three spoons of flour and a drop of pepper and then mix to combine all the ingredients. Add turkey stock gradually and make sure to whisk everything thoroughly or you will get lumps in your gravy.

You can season your gravy with bourbon, maple syrup, vinegar and so on. The important thing is to prepare your gravy base right, with no lumps. Also, let your gravy on the fire for at least 10-15 minutes, so that the flour can cook through.

Here’s the tutorial to help you out a little bit more:

4. Biscuits, anyone?

Here are the ingredients: self-rising flour, buttermilk, cold vegetable shortening, unsalted butter, melted butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Start by mixing all the dry ingredients with your fingers (the flour, butter, shortening, baking powder, baking soda and salt) until you get a composition that looks like bread crumbs.

Now, add your buttermilk little by little and work the dough with your hands on a flat surface. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough, and then use a round cookie cutter to shape your biscuits.

Put them on a cookie tray that’s been previously covered with some parchment paper and send them to the oven.

The final result and more details and right here, we’ll let Laura guide you through the recipe:

5. Cheesy Potato Casserole

For this recipe, you will need: potatoes, flour, milk, heavy cream, nutmeg, butter, herbs (garlic, thyme, sage), salt, pepper, cheese. Start by melting half the butter in a pan, add the flour, pepper, milk, nutmeg and heavy cream and stir.

Then, move on to your potatoes. Place the rest of your butter in the casserole that you’re about to bake your potato dish in so that there is a nice bed for all the ingredients to sit on.

If your milk composition is thick enough, turn the heat off, slice your potatoes and place them in the pan, on top of the butter. Pour the cream on top of your potatoes, cover everything with some aluminum foil and pop your pan in the oven.

After 10-30 minutes, take the dish out, uncover it and add shredded cheese, then back into the oven for 15 minutes.

Here’s Laura’s tutorial:

6. Yummy Buttery Carrots

If you are in a hurry, this side dish is what you should try. Start by bringing a large pot filled with water to a boil, add salt and 1 pound of sliced carrots. Cook until tender, and then take out the carrots.

Keep a cup of this water in your pan, add ½ sticks of butter and some brown sugar and let everything cook until both the butter and the sugar are melted. Now, add your carrots, cover the pan with a lid and let everything cook for 5-10 minutes.

Place your carrots on a plate and decorate with dill, parsley or thyme. Bon appétit!

7. Merry Cranberry Sauce

The easiest way to make cranberry sauce is this: in a pan, add water, salt, sugar and your cranberries and wait until it starts boiling. After that, lower the heat and bring it to a simmer. Don’t forget to stir every now and then.

Turn off the heat, add orange juice, bourbon or anything you like and let the composition cool off. You can add a handful of pecans if you want. Also, you can use this sauce to make sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving. So easy, even a child could make it!

Here’s the tutorial:

8. Appetizers Heaven!

Here are three amazing appetizer recipes that will totally save the day for you. First off, try a crispy pecans recipe! You will need pecans, sugar, water, and cinnamon. Boil the last three ingredients in a pan for 5 minutes and then turn the heat off. Now, take a different pan and roast your pecans for a few minutes. Add the sugary composition on top of them and cook for about 15-20 seconds. Remove the pecans from the pan and place them on parchment paper.

Now, move on to recipe number 2: deviled eggs. You will need hard-boiled eggs, hummu,s and mustard. Cut your eggs in half, remove the yolks and crush them with a fork. Add the other two ingredients and mix everything together.

Fill the whites with this composition and get ready for recipe number 3: bacon wrapped dates. You will need dates, bacon, almonds and a few pre-soaked toothpicks (to make sure they don’t burn in the oven). Start by cutting your dates on one side to make room for two almonds inside each one of them.

Wrap each stuffed date in bacon, secure everything in lace using toothpicks, place everything on a tray and send it to the oven for a few minutes.

Here’s a tutorial to help you out with all these recipes:

9. Greek Green Beans

If you have vegetarian people coming to your Thanksgiving dinner, you may want to try this recipe. You will need olive oil, finely chopped onion, chopped garlic, oregano, beans, chopped tomatoes, sugar, salt and some cheese for décor. Start by sautéing your onion and garlic in two spoons of olive oil for about 10 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients, lower the heat and stir for about 45 minutes. You can serve these beans on a bed of rice and add Greek cheese for décor.

10. Mashed Potatoes

The easiest recipe of all Thanksgiving recipes is here! You will need peeled potatoes, salt, pepper, milk, and butter. In a pan, add water and your potatoes and boil for 15-20 minutes or until your potatoes are easily pierced.

In the meantime, warm your milk and melt your butter. Drain the water and mash your potatoes, add the milk and butter, salt and pepper. Mashed potatoes take a huge amount of salt, so don’t hold back or your dish will be very bland.

Here’s a short tutorial to give you a few pointers:

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Does your family have any Thanksgiving traditions? Comment bellow and tell us how you usually spend this holiday: we want to know!

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10 Super Easy and Affordable Thanksgiving Recipes

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for DontPayFull.com as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.

1 Comment

  • Thanks for these recipes. I am having thanksgiving over the weekend because my family are coming to visit and that is the only time that we can get together, so I might have a read through some of these in detail and try to get the ingredients that we need to try them. I certainly would like to do a few things a little different to how I usually do, as I think that it would be a great thing to be able to do.

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