Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Best Ever Thanksgiving Recipes Roundup

My favorite Thanksgiving recipes all in one post!





I hope you have enjoyed all the fall recipes I've shared with you lovely readers this season! Tomorrow is the big Turkey Day and I just would like to wish each and every one of you and blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Here is a roundup of my top favorite Thanksgiving recipes all in one place! Happy cooking!


Appetizers
My family likes to munch from the moment we all get together! It doesn't help that the yummy turkey smell hits you when you walk through the door at my mom's house. That gets our tummies growling! Here are some great apps to calm the hungry masses!

Autumn Cheesecake Dip







Creamy Shrimp Dip







Crockpot Hot Bacon Cheddar Dip







Avocado Hummus







Side Dishes
Honestly? I think I look forward to the yummy side dishes more than the actual turkey! The Layered Sweet Potato Casserole tops my list for sure. They make great leftovers, too!

Layered Sweet Potato Casserole







Brown Sugar Carrots & Cranberries







Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole







Homemade Creamed Corn in the Crockpot







Sweet Balsamic Butternut Squash







Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole







Main Dish
Of course I included my favorite roast turkey recipe, as well as some alternatives - who says it HAS to be turkey? Depending on the size of your crowd, you might need to plan a second main dish to feed them all - there's only so much oven space!


Super Moist Roasted Turkey Breast







Roasted Garlic Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken







Creamy Baked Ziti







Desserts
There's more to Thanksgiving dessert than pumpkin pie! Here are some amazing and festive sweets to go with your after dinner coffee.


Pastor's Wife Apple Crumb Pie







Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Pudding







Crockpot Apple Pie







Sweet Potato Streusel Pie







Pumpkin Butterscotch Bundt Cake







Pumpkin Pie Crumb Cake







Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Frosting







Yum!! I'm so excited for tomorrow's feast! What dish is your favorite?


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Leftover Turkey BLT Melt

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This sandwich takes the BLT to the next level with leftover roasted turkey and a dijon mayo spread!
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I am absolutely, positively BORING when it comes to turkey leftovers. Don't believe me? Cut up turkey with mayo on bread.

That's it.

Sometimes I don't even cut the sandwich. 

I told you, it's boring - but it's my favorite way to enjoy turkey leftovers. I think it's because turkey tends to be dry. And then leftover turkey tends to be really REALLY dry. I guess the best way my tastebuds like to combat this issues is to give it lots of mayo. I don't know what to say, it just works!



I suppose you could just shred the turkey and add mayo to make a turkey salad. It's not the same, though. You need that real fresh turkey flavor with the moist spread and the crusty bread. Oh, and I pretty much have to have sweet potatoes next to it. Because I have to. :)

I think I need to revise my statement above, though. It USED to be my favorite way to enjoy turkey leftovers. That is until this Turkey BLT walked into my life. OH MAN this takes the boring turkey sandwich to a whole new level! You know why? Because this.


Yep, bacon. Let's try turkey, topped with crispy bacon strips, sliced tomato, spring mix, and cheddar with a Dijon mayo spread and melted to perfection. How does that sound? YEP, that's what I thought - this sandwich is amazing! Add to that all your favorite side dishes from the Thanksgiving feast and you have one amazing meal. But really, add bacon and cheddar to anything right? :)



It's so easy to recreate this amazing sandwich at home with Kraft Mayo and Shredded Cheddar at Walmart. I love that I can trust these wholesome ingredients with what I'm serving my family, and myself! Kraft also has Stove Top, Miracle Whip, and Ranch Dressing to use with your own leftover recipe creation! 



BUT, you HAVE to start with this yummy melt first. I'm not sure you'll need another idea for your leftover turkey again!


Leftover Turkey BLT Melt

1/4 cup Kraft Mayo
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
leftover turkey
3-4 slices bacon, cooked and crispy
4 tomato slices
handful of spring mix
3 tablespoons Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese
thick sliced french bread

Combine mayo and mustard in a bowl and spread on two slices of french bread. Layer sandwich with turkey, bacon, tomato, spring mix, cheddar, and top with second piece of bread. Place on an indoor grill or panini press and grill for 4 minutes or until bread is crispy and cheese is melted.




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Brown Sugar Carrots & Cranberries



Pureed carrots mixed with brown sugar, ginger, and sweet dried cranberries. The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish!





I love turkey. I really do. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite dinners because I get to eat turkey.

But you know what? I'm ALL about the side dishes!

I guess because the turkey is always usually the same. The taste, flavor, seasoning. It's great like that. But side dishes are where my sister and I shine, haha! We're always trying something new to bring to Thanksgiving dinner.

The holiday feast is always packed with family favorites from one end of the table to the other. For a lot of people, or definitely my family at least, some vegetables get just plopped in a bowl and served. And you know what? When you're making a hot dinner for a lot of people to enjoy all at one time, some of the dishes NEED to be simple.





In our family, our Thanksgiving side dishes are usually Layered Sweet Potato Casserole, corn, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green bean casserole, and mixed veggies. As you can tell, the carrots get sort of left behind for the star of the show - the turkey! When you're pulling something like this together, it can be so hard to juggle various recipes and cook times. 

There is absolutely nothing complicated about these delicious Brown Sugar Carrots & Cranberries! I used the new I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to give them a richer flavor along with the brown sugar and ginger. 





The new I Can't Believe It's Not Butter now has 0% artificial preservatives, 0g trans fats, no cholesterol, and no partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. I used the original variety, but it also comes in Light and Olive Oil varieties. 


Brown Sugar Carrots & Cranberries
serves 6

2 lbs carrots, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Place carrots in a stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are easily pierced with a fork. Drain and place carrots in a blender or food processor. Add butter, brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Blend until whipped and smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in dried cranberries, reserving some to sprinkle on top. Serve immediately.





These carrots are just a simple way to take a regular vegetable side dish up a notch! I also love that it require no oven space, something that is hard to find during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!

You can also try the new I Can't Believe It's Not Butter on corn, sauteeing vegetables, or even baking! I love that it's soft straight out of the fridge, perfect for spreading on a thick piece of french bread. As a mom of two littles, I like that it's part of an overall healthy, balanced diet because I can trust what's inside. When you try the new I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, be sure to click here and leave a product review on their website to let them know what you think!


Here are some more of my favorite side dish recipes:


5 Cheese Mac & Cheese




Homemade Creamed Corn in the Crockpot




Holiday Pineapple Stuffing




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