If getting together for a Thanksgiving dinner feast isn’t in the cards for your family due to jobs, children, and other obligations, but a light bite to eat at the lunch hour works, try these recipes for a simple, quick Thanksgiving lunch gathering.
Turkey Roll-Ups – my parents first had these at a new owners’ reception at a car dealership in the Buffalo, NY area; my father enjoyed them so much that my mother concocted her own recipe for them. Use turkey breast from the deli counter, “thick enough to hold together but thin enough to roll” in her words, figuring two to three roll-ups per person. Make your favorite stuffing recipe (or stuffing from the box) to fill the roll-ups. Fill each piece of turkey breast with two to three tablespoons of stuffing, roll up and hold together with a toothpick. Place in a baking dish and top with your favorite gravy; bake at 350-degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.
Three-Bean Salad – my aunt makes the best Three-Bean Salad – she has to bring it to the family picnic every year – but this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens will make a great side dish, and can be made a day ahead of time. Cook one cup of frozen cut green beans per directions and drain. In a large bowl, combine a 16 ounce can of wax beans (rinsed and drained), 8 ounces of red kidney beans (rinsed and drained), 1/2-cup chopped sweet pepper (red or green), and 1/3-cup chopped red onion (one small onion); add green beans to mixture. To make dressing, combine 1/4-cup cider or white vinegar, two tablespoons each sugar and salad oil, 1/2-teaspoon each celery seeds and dry mustard, and one clove of garlic (minced) in a jar; cover and shake until mixed. Pour over vegetables, stir, and refrigerate – covered – for at least four hours, up to 24 hours.
For dessert – check out my feature, “Two Easy Desserts to Top Off Your Thanksgiving Dinner” for some simple pumpkin cheesecake squares and a caramel apple dip sure to please a family on the go.