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Thanksgiving for Newbies: 5 Essential Recipes, 5-ingredients or Less!

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Is this your first year hosting Thanksgiving?  Does the thought of preparing the most important meal of the year have you in a tizzy?  Don’t worry!  We have a compilation of the Top 5 Essential Thanksgiving RecipesPlus, they are all 5-ingredients or less!

Beyond the big meal, a first time host also has to think about decor and drinks.  Fear not!  I have included a super simple, all-natural centerpiece as well as a mixed drink that will really get your party started.  What are we waiting for, let’s eat!

1)  Roasted Turkey:

Believe it or not, the centerpiece of your holiday table can be prepared with under 5 ingredients.  If this is your first attempt at the big bird, you can follow our easy step-by-step instructions, or even watch this video demo!  It is easier than you think, and once your moist and juicy, perfectly golden bird comes out of the oven you are sure to wow your guests.

2)  Smoky Golden Mashed Potatoes:

Mashed potatoes are a must at Thanksgiving.  No time to peel, boil and mash potatoes?  No problem.  This recipe is not only quick and easy, but it can be prepared on the stovetop or even in the microwave!  Plus, it involves bacon and cheese.  What more do I need to say?!

Smoky Golden Mashed Potatoes

2 packages Idahoan Buttery Golden Mashed Potatoes

1/2 cup bacon, crisped and crumbled

1 cup shredded smoky Gouda cheese

Prepare mashed potatoes according to package. Stir in bacon and cheese. Serves 8.

3)  Moist and Savory Stuffing:

Four ingredients and a dash of pepper mix together quickly to make this baked stuffing – it’s delicious as is, but it’s also a great foundation recipe that you can customize with your family’s favorite add-ins.

Be sure to keep some extra chicken broth on hand during the holidays.   You can add a bit to your leftovers and it will help keep them moist when reheating after Thanksgiving!

Moist and Savory Stuffing

2 1/2 cups Swanson Chicken Broth

Generous dash ground black pepper

2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)

1 large onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)

1 package (14 ounces) Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing

Heat the broth, black pepper, celery and onion in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, stirring often.  Remove the saucepan from the heat.  Add the stuffing and mix lightly.

Spoon the stuffing mixture into a greased 3-quart shallow baking dish.  Cover the baking dish.

Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes or until the stuffing mixture is hot.

4)  Orange Glazed Beets:

I like any recipe that can be prepared in advance.  Makes the big day so much less stressful!  These beets can be prepared a day in advance of serving and then reheated over medium-low heat.  I also love that the beets have already been peeled and pickled, not to mention they are filled with antioxidants! 

Orange Glazed Beets

1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Whole or Sliced Pickled Beets

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1  tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons orange peel

Orange peel for garnish (optional)

Drain beets; reserve 1/2 cup liquid. Cut whole beets in half.  In medium saucepan combine beet liquid and orange juice. Stir in cornstarch until completely dissolved. Add brown sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and clear, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in beets and 2 teaspoons peel. Garnish with additional peel if desired.  Makes 4 servings.

5)  Easy Apple Crisp:

Intimidated by baking?  Why not whip up this quick and easy 5-ingredient apple crisp!  Best part is, you don’t even need to fire up the oven, the entire dish can be made on the stove top.  Check out the latest episode of “Take 5? for step-by-step video instructions.

Speedy Stove Top Apple Crisp

1-1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced

3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice

1 tub (individual serving size, about 1/4 cup) caramel apple dip

1/2 cup Kellogg’s granola

2 Tablespoons toffee bar bits

To make filling, spray a large nonstick skillet with butter-flavored nonstick spray and set over medium heat.  Add the apples and apple pie spice; cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the apples are just tender, about 8 minutes.  Stir in the caramel topping.  Increase the heat and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the filling thickens, about 2 minutes.  Spoon a scant 3/4 cup filling onto each of 4 serving dishes.  Sprinkle each one with 2 Tablespoons cereal and 1/2 tablespoon toffee bits and serve at once.

Effortless Table Decor:

Save money on a pricey floral arrangement and create an all-natural homemade centerpiece instead!  Here is all you will need to create this beautiful display:

-Mason Jars


-Cat Tail’s

-Ribbon or twine

You did it!  Cheers, have a drink!  Time for Cranberry Margaritas:

Whew!  See, I knew you could do it!  Now, sit back, relax and have a drink.  Jellied cranberry sauce is used in a new and exciting way in these festive margaritas.  Once again, only 5-ingredients!  Cheers!

Cranberry Margaritas

1 1/4 cups Frozen Cranberry Juice Cocktail Concentrate, thawed

1 1/4 cups Tequila

1 cup Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce

10 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

6 Tablespoons Orange Liqueur

Place cranberry concentrate, tequila, cranberry sauce, lime juice and orange liqueur in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour half of mixture into a bowl and set aside. To remaining base in blender, add 3 1/2 cups of ice and blend until slushy. Pour into salt rimmed margarita glasses and serve. Repeat with remaining margarita base and remaining ice cubes.

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