Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

There is enough drama around Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that it’s best to keep some things very simple. The funny thing is, four of the five super simple recipes listed below are the ones that we get requests to make (and for the recipes… I end up emailing at least a couple of my kids or their friends the recipes every holiday season.

So here are  5 Quick Dishes To Make (or Bring) for Thanksgiving or Christmas. whether you’re hosting at home, or bringing these on the road, you’ll be thankful for a few appetizers and deserts you can make (mostly) ahead.

 

Artichoke Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese – shredded
  • 1 c. mayonnaise low-fat or fat-free is acceptable (pantry)
  • ½ t. dill weed
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped (pantry)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream the cream cheese, add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed  and garlic. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and then spoon mixture into a 9×9 pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Serve with crackers, toasted baguettes, or toasted pita points. Serves 8 as an appetizer

 

Goat Cheese Bruchetta

Ingredients

  • 2      tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2      tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, or basil
  • Toasted baguette
  • Goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the balsamic vinegar and herbs together. Drizzle over slices of toasted baguette or other bread and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.

 

Drive By Cheese Plate

For those last minute party invites. Just grab a plate and cheese knife from home. You can assemble once you arrive. (Or, if you’re like me, in the backseat of the car while your hubby is driving…)

Ingredients

  • Camembert  or other artisan cheese
  • Carr Water Crackers
  • 1 bunch of green grapes

Instructions

  1. Grab at the store:

Roger’s Pumpkin No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup Pumpkin pie filling
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust.

Recipe Notes

Garnish with Cinnamon sugar  (makes it look baked) Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

Roger’s Cranberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 Cup Whole cranberries in jelly
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust

Recipe Notes

Garnish with any (or all) of the following: The remaining whole cranberries/jelly.  I put this just on the outside edge of the pie. Orange peel zest Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

And don’t forget the TURKEY!

Here’s my recipe that you’re sure to love!Turkey in the Oven

 Now it’s your turn. Tell me your can’t miss, so simple it’s embarrassing, recipe that you pull out for the holidays in the comments below.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

Yikes! It’s almost time to cook the holiday turkey!

Do you have turkey-phobia?

It can seem like a daunting task to make the perfect turkey, but I promise you, it isn’t. Try my turkey recipe and follow my instructions, and you’ll have a table full of guests licking their fingers and begging for more. But beware, this turkey is so good, there may not be any leftovers for turkey sandwiches.

Turkey in the Oven recipe

Kathi's Brined Turkey


Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water - cold
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 3 oranges cut in half

Instructions

  1. In a large garbage bag, combine the all the ingredients.
  2. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bag in a roasting pan and in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.
  3. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  4. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.

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