Recipes to Step Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Princess Parafina Nov 22, 2020 Filed to: News Last Update on Nov 30, 2020

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time? Or in need of Friendsgiving dinner ideas? We know cooking can be stressful and hectic, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, so we gathered a few recipes to take some stress off this holiday season. These Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving dinner recipes are all very hearty and delicious. Try them out to step up your Thanksgiving dinner!


Traditional Turkey Stuffing

By The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen



Yields: 1-10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


Ingredients:

  • 1 small loaf (about 1 lb.) country-style bread (about 1 lb.), cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces (about 10 cups)

  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 2 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 3 c. low sodium chicken broth

  • 1/4 c. sage leaves, chopped

  • 1 c. flat-leaf parsley, chopped

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


Directions:

Step 1: Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 3-quart casserole dish. Place bread on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes; transfer to a large bowl.


Step 2: Meanwhile, heat butter in a 12-inch skillet on medium. Add onions, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until very tender and beginning to turn golden, 6 to 8 minutes.


Step 3: Add celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in sage and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. 


Step 4: Transfer vegetable mixture to bowl with bread; toss to combine. Fold in beaten eggs. Transfer to a prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.



Slow Cooker Mac-and-Cheese

By Delish



Yields: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni

  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter

  • 4 c. shredded cheddar cheese

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes

  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan

  • 2 (12-oz.) cans evaporated milk

  • 2 c. whole milk

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/8 tsp. paprika

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Finely chopped chives, for garnish (optional)


Directions:

Step 1: Combine macaroni, butter, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan, evaporated milk, whole milk, garlic powder, and paprika in a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.


Step 2: Cook on high until the pasta is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 hours, checking after 2 hours, then every 20 minutes after.


Step 3: Garnish with chives before serving, if using.



Vegan Pumpkin Pie

By Delish



Yields: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes


Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 1/2 c. pecans

  • 2/3 c. old fashioned oats

  • 3 tbsp. packed brown sugar

  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted and cooled


For the filling:

  • 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

  • 1 c. coconut milk

  • 3/4 c. packed brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg


For the topping:

  • 1 (13.5-oz.) can full-fat coconut cream, refrigerated overnight

  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar

  • Pinch kosher salt


Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease a 9” pie plate with cooking spray.


Step 2: In a food processor, add pecans, oats, sugar, and salt and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add coconut oil and pulse until well combined and a dough forms.


Step 3: Press the mixture into the prepared dish in an even layer. Line crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Blind bake 15 minutes, then remove parchment and weights and bake 15 minutes more.


Step 4: Make the filling: In a large bowl, whisk together filling ingredients and pour over crust. Bake until only slightly jiggly in the center, 50 to 55 minutes, covering the crust with foil if it starts to get too dark. Let cool completely.


Step 5: Make the topping: Open can of coconut cream and scoop out hardened cream on top. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat coconut cream, powdered sugar, and salt together until stiff peaks form. 


Step 6: Serve pie with whipped coconut cream.


Conclusion


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With many people unable to travel home for Thanksgiving, throwing a Friendsgiving with roommates using these recipes would be a really good alternative. Although this holiday season looks different from years past, you can still make it really fun. If you’d like to enter Tripalink’s Friendsgiving contest for a chance to win a giftcard to Postmates, you can read more about it here.