Can you believe Thanksgiving is here?  I am so excited!  A few years ago, I became the official “Thanksgiving Cook” of my family. I assumed this title mostly because I have always wanted to rise to the challenge of making a complete Thanksgiving meal for my extended family.  It can be a little overwhelming, but with a little pre-planning (and the help of my awesome husband) I did it, and you can too!  I have compiled all of the recipes that I use for Thanksgiving, including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, carrots, sweet potatoes, roll and apple pie in one place, to make it easy to see exactly what ingredients you will need to make an awesome holiday meal for your family and friends.  It’s all here in my Complete Thanksgiving Recipe Plan. Print it out and you will be set!

thanksgiving-place-settingTo make sure you are not overwhelmed on the big day, here is the schedule I suggest you follow to prepare the following recipes.

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Thanksgiving Week Schedule:

  • Monday: Finalize all grocery shopping. The stores get a little crazy the closer you get to Thursday, so get it done early! Begin thawing your turkey depending on its size.  Click here to find out how long your turkey will need to thaw.
  • Tuesday: Make and freeze the Lion House Dinner Rolls.  After shaping the rolls, place them on a greased baking sheet until they begin to puff, not rise. Place them in the freezer for 8 hours, then transfer to a zip top freezer bag until Thursday. Prepare the herb butter for your turkey.
  • Wednesday: Boil and mash your sweet potatoes and prepare the base of the Sweet Potato Casserole.  Refrigerate until Thursday.  Make your Dutch Apple Pie.
  • Thursday: Prepare and butter the turkey. Cook according to your preference.  I make mine in an electric roaster. Put your potatoes in the slow cooker. Begin thawing the rolls.  Place them on a greased baking sheet and cover lightly. Let them rise until double in size.  It can take 5-7 hours because they are frozen, so plan accordingly.  If you need to speed it up, place them in your oven at 150 degrees to cut the time in half. Bake according to instructions. Make the topping for the Sweet Potato Casserole and bake.  Make the stuffing.  When the turkey is finished, make the gravy. Whip the Honey Butter.  Enjoy your meal and all your hard work!

 

 

 

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Grocery List

  • Turkey 13-15lb
  • Ground Sausage 1 lb
  • Eggs 3
  • Butter 3 lbs
  • Cream cheese 4oz
  • Milk 1 1/2 cup
  • Heavy Cream 1/2 cup
  • Pie Crust
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Spices: garlic powder, basil, sage, black pepper, salt seasoning salt, poultry seasoning, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • Vanilla
  • Pecans 1 cup
  • Sugar 3 cups
  • Brown Sugar 2 cups
  • Honey 1/2 cup
  • Flour 5 lbs
  • yeast 2 tbsp
  • Nonfat Dry Milk 2 cups
  • Potatoes 5 lbs
  • Baby Carrots 2 lbs
  • Garlic 4 cloves
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Sweet Potatoes 3 large
  • Orange 1
  • Apples 6
  • Cubed Stuffing 14oz
  • Chicken Broth 4 (14oz) cans

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Complete Thanksgiving Recipe Plan
A complete compilation of yummy Thanksgiving recipes including Herb Roasted Turkey, Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, Savory Sausage Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, Lion House Dinner Rolls w/ Whipped Honey Butter, Turkey Gravy, Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots and Dutch Apple Pie.
Cuisine American
Servings
People
Ingredients
Herb Roasted Turkey
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Savory Sausage Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Lion House Dinner Rolls & Whipped Honey Butter
Awesome Turkey Gravy
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Dutch Apple Pie
Cuisine American
Servings
People
Ingredients
Herb Roasted Turkey
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Savory Sausage Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Lion House Dinner Rolls & Whipped Honey Butter
Awesome Turkey Gravy
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Dutch Apple Pie
Instructions
Herb Roasted Turkey
  1. Mix spices with softened butter. Smear in a plastic bag zip top bag, roll it up and refrigerate. When firm, slice and place under the skin and in cavity of the turkey. Cook in a bag or roasting pan.
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
  1. Put cut potatoes in slow cooker. Pour the broth over the potatoes. Place the garlic and butter pieces on top. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours or until the potatoes are soft. Use a masher to mash the potatoes. Stir in cream cheese, milk, heavy cream, seasoning salt and pepper. Keep warm in the slow cooker until ready to serve.
Savory Sausage Stuffing
  1. Crumble sausage and brown with the onion. Place stuffing in large bowl. Add sausage and sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Pour broth and butter over the top and toss to combine. Spoon into a 9x13 pan. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Sweet Potato Casserole
  1. Ingredients Base: Boil and mash sweet potatoes. Beat in sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk until smooth and creamy. Put in a greased 9x13 pan. Topping: Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Stir and mix to combine. Crumble topping over sweet potatoes.Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turkey Gravy  Yield: 8 (1/2-cup) servings Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/3 cup flour 4 cups turkey drippings (add broth if needed, to equal 4 cups) salt & pepper, to taste Directions Strain turkey drippings and allow to rest so the fat rises to the top. Spoon fat layer from the top and discard. Add turkey stock or broth, if needed to have 4 cups of liquid. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour and whisk to form a roux. Cook for 1 minute until nutty and fragrant. Slowly whisk in the turkey juices, whisking constantly until gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Lion House Dinner Rolls & Whipped Honey Butter
  1. Rolls: In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve milk powder in water and add yeast, sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 cups flour. Mix on low until ingredients are wet then for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add 2 cups flour, mix on low until wet then medium for 2 minutes. If dough is still sticky add remaining flour. Dough should be soft, not sticky or stiff. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until double in size. Pour out onto a floured surface. Roll out and cut into desired shape. Place on greased baking sheet and let rise until rolls are double in size. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Brush with melted Butter. Whipped Honey Butter: Whip softened butter. Add vanilla and honey gradually. Beat for 20 minutes. Makes 1 cup.
Awesome Turkey Gravy
  1. Strain turkey drippings and allow to rest so the fat rises to the top. Spoon fat layer from the top and discard. Add turkey stock or broth, if needed to have 4 cups of liquid. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour and whisk to form a roux. Cook for 1 minute until nutty and fragrant. Slowly whisk in the turkey juices, whisking constantly until gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
  1. Heat 1 inch water to boiling in a saucepan. Add carrots. Heat to boiling then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 6-9 minutes. Drain. Cook remaining ingredients in a skillet over medium heat until bubbly, stirring constantly. Stir in carrots. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until carrots are glazed and hot.
Dutch Apple Pie
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Filling: Place pie crust in a pie tin. Combine dry ingredients . Place sliced apples on top of dry ingredients and stir. Pour apple mixture in pie crust. Dot with small pieces of butter. Crumb Topping: Place the softened butter, flour and sugar into a medium sized bowl. Use the back of the fork or pastry blender to mix the ingredients to form crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the pie. Place the pie dish on a baking sheet. Place the pie in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes. Make a tent with foil and place that over the pie after baking for 20 minutes. Remove pie when it is golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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