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5 Ways to Keep Thanksgiving Dinner Easy and Gourmet

Thanksgiving is a time to be with those you love. Passing food around the table, the clinking of glasses, and laughter heard throughout the house reminds us what is important. Here are five ways to keep your Thanksgiving simple yet fabulous so you can enjoy your day without the stress.  

1. Celebrate homemade and store bought!
If you make the best apple pie on the block or your Grandmother's sweet potato casserole is to-die-for put all your time and effort into those specific dishes. In all reality convenience foods will lessen your stress. This is not the time to make your first piecrust or homemade dinner rolls. Stick with what you're good at and buy that amazing Apple Pie from your local Cake shop and fresh dinner rolls from a favorite bakery.

2. Upgrade your favorite staple dish.
Jazz up boxed stuffing with fresh herbs and sausage, add buttermilk fried onions to an otherwise bland green bean casserole.  Add a touch of homemade to your favorite store bought item and your guests will never know it's not from scratch.

3. Timing is everything.
Have all side dishes done the day before. You'd be surprised how much can be done ahead of time. If you don't believe me, just try it.  You'll be so happy on Thanksgiving morning when you wake up knowing 90% of your meal is done.

4. Start the night off right with a tasty appetizer and specialty drink.
Tasty appetizers and drinks benefit the cook as much as the guest so you can finish up in the kitchen as they're busy munching. Apple cider, cream soda, and a little mint is a refreshing and festive way to welcome guests into your home. Little bites like bacon wrapped dates or goat cheese stuffed mini pears are an easy and yummy way to begin the night.

5. Get creative with leftovers.
Use your turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes in unique and fun ways. Turkey soup with stuffing meatballs, Thanksgiving eggs Benedict, or mashed potato croquettes. Your family will look forward to the leftovers more then the big day! 




Recipe for Thanksgiving Benedict 

Serves 4

2 1/2 C Leftover Stuffing or Stovetop stuffing 
3 eggs, beaten 
Turkey breast, sliced
4 Eggs, poached or fried
Cranberry sauce


Add an eggs to your stuffing and mix it all together to form a patty. Sauté the stuffing cake in EVOO until brown and cooked through on both sides. Top with turkey and a poached egg. Drizzle gravy and a dollop of cranberry sauce on top. (Heinz Homestyle Gravy wins all the awards for best jarred gravy.) 

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