If you are going for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, you would include some or all of the following: Turkey, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, and Macaroni and Cheese for the main dish. For dessert the common choices are Pecan and Pumpkin Pie. Now how do you make these specialties?
Most people, lacking the time to be able to cook all of these delicacies, will cheat and get them pre-packaged or have their guest bring a platter each. However, for the individuals that are able to take the head chef position, it really isn’t that difficult.
The perfect turkey only takes a few hours to cook, but it takes about fifteen hours to make, mainly due to the amount of time you ought to let it marinate. If you want your turkey meat to be moist you need to rub it down with kosher salt and allow it sit in a pot of water for about twelve hours, or at least overnight. Then, when you are ready to cook it, preheat your oven to 350 and wash the excess salt off it. You should brush the bird with melted butter and pay special attention to the hard to reach places. Place the turkey in a shallow pan that is designed for roasting and stuff the bird with an onion, some carrots, celery, thyme, and bay leaf. If there are any left over vegetables you can simply place them in the pan with the turkey and cover them with white wine. Now you are ready to cook it. It should only take about four hours to cook and half way through you will want to flip the turkey over and re-brush some more butter on it. Be sure to check that the internal temperature reached 180 degrees and wait at least a half an hour before serving.
For stuffing you will need: four tablespoons of butter, one and a half cups of chopped celery, one cup of a chopped onion, five cups of cornbread crumbs, four cups of regular bread crumbs, two and a half cups of chicken broth, two eggs, a teaspoon of thyme, two teaspoons of sage, a teaspoon of salt (sea salt if you want to watch your sodium intake), and a half a teaspoon of pepper. Once you have all of these items together, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and butter up a baking pan. Combine all these ingredients in a bowl (except the butter, celery, an onions). Then you will want to heat up the butter in a sauce pan and throw the celery and onions into the melted butter and sauté them until they are soft. Then, put it all together and mix it all up. Place the mixture into the baking pan and cook for about half an hour.
Green bean casserole is about the easiest dish to make out of the entire dinner. All you need are: Cream of mushroom soup, a half cup of milk, a dash of soy sauce and pepper, about four cups of green beans, and one and a half cups of fried onion. You will stir all these ingredients together in a casserole dish (leave about a third of the onions to put on after it has cooked) and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling hot. After it is good and hot add in the remaining onions and cook for another five minutes.
The macaroni and cheese is about as simple as the green bean casserole. You will need eight ounces of noodle, two cups of grated cheddar cheese (or whichever cheese you prefer) eight ounces of sour cream, one egg (beaten) and you can add salt and pepper according to your tastes. You will want to preheat your oven to 350 and cook the macaroni noodles. While the noodles are cooking you should melt the cheese, sour cream, and egg together in a mixing bowl. Once the noodles have been cooked and drained, gently stir them into the cheesy mixture. Then pour that into a baking dish and bake for about forty-five minutes. It should be golden brown on top when it is finished and you should wait about fifteen minutes before serving.
That’s that. There is a traditional Thanksgiving meal in a nutshell. As far as the desserts go, everyone generally has the favorite recipe that is “Grandma’s secret”, so it should not be difficult for you to find a recipe that will end up being delicious.