Thanksgiving Dinner for a Crowd
Thanksgiving Starters (Pick One or Two)
Recipe: Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini
For a change from the usual toasted tomato appetizer, try these baked Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini bites. If you like, slice the baguette at an angle instead of making a straight cut.
—Leondre Hermann, Stuart, Florida
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Dip
I came up with this rich, creamy Pumpkin Pie Dip when I had a small amount of canned pumpkin left in the fridge after my holiday baking. It is also great served with sliced pears and apples, or as a spread on zucchini bread or any other nut bread.
—Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas
Recipe: Cranberry Chili Meatballs
Using packaged meatballs helps save time in the kitchen and they are just as tasty as homemade. My friends look forward to enjoying these Cranberry Chili Meatballs at our holiday gatherings and there are never any leftovers!
—Amy Scamerhorn, Indianapolis, Indiana
Thanksgiving Main Dishes (Pick One)
Recipe: Turkey with Sausage Stuffing
My family is addicted to this Turkey with Sausage Stuffing and will have no other! It always turns out deliciously, so your guests are sure to be satisfied.
—Alma Winberry, Great Falls, Montana
Recipe: Always-Tender Roasted Turkey
For years I prepared my Thanksgiving turkey only to have it turn out dry. That's when I decided to give this Always-Tender Roasted Turkey recipe a try. Baking the bird in an oven bag keeps it moist and tender...and there's no basting involved.
—Shirley Bedzis, San Diego, California
Thanksgiving Side Dishes (Pick Two or More)
Recipe: Traditional Holiday Stuffing
Sausage and sage add a gourmet taste to this Traditional Holiday Stuffing. It's perfect for large family gatherings, but you can also save some for later.
—Lorraine Brauckhoff, Zolfo Springs, Florida
Recipe: Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
As far as my family is concerned, I can never have enough homemade gravy on hand for Thanksgiving dinner! The base for this flavorful Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy is prepared with turkey wings and can be prepared in advance.
—Linda Fitzsimmons, Fort Edward, New York
Recipe: Maple-Ginger Root Vegetables
My family loves this Maple-Ginger Root Vegetables recipe because it brings out the lovely flavors of the vegetables. Even my children enjoy it...they love the drizzle of maple syrup!
—Kelli Ritz Innisfail, Alberta
Recipe: Creamed Potato Casseroles
This Creamed Potato Casseroles dish makes enough for 24 hungry people. It's great with ham and other meats. Guests always remark on its rich, creamy sauce and buttery crumb topping.
—Norma Harder, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Recipe: Mango Cranberry Sauce
I got this Mango Cranberry Sauce recipe from a friend. It's definitely worth the effort if you want to wow your gang at Thanksgiving. The leftovers are great with chicken or ham.
—Robert & Rebecca Littlejohn, Meadow Vista, California
Recipe: Green Beans Supreme
Green Beans Supreme is a nice substitute to plain green bean casserole. I prepare a well-seasoned cheese sauce to add zip to this familiar dish.
—Heather Campbell, Lawrence, Kansas
Thanksgiving Desserts (Pick One)
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Pumpkin pie and cheesecake go together perfectly in these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. These bars are absolutely delightful and easy to make and share.
—Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Recipe: Caramel Apple Crisp Dessert
This typical New England dessert is one of my most requested recipes. Although it makes a fairly big batch, it doesn't take long for my Caramel Apple Crisp Dessert to get gobbled up.
—Janet Siciak, Bernardston, Massachusetts
Recipe: Caramel Pecan Bars
This recipe won first place at a cookie contest held where I work. These rich Caramel Pecan Bars really capture the flavor of pecan pie.
—Emma Manning, Crossett, Arkansas
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