I wanted to share my easy Thanksgiving meal for 2017 for any savvy friends who might need a few recipes that are easy, yummy and (mostly) make ahead.
This easy Thanksgiving meal 2017 was borne of necessity. Since our home is kind of upside down with some renovations, I suggested to the fam that we eat Thanksgiving this year at our club. NO one was game for that. Everyone wanted to eat around the table. Sooo, I did some savvy maneuvering and managed to come up with a meal that is yummy, easy, and mostly make ahead.
Let’s face it. Some years are just not suited for all the shopping, prepping, cooking, and fancy table setting that other years might be. Thankfully, a GREAT Thanksgiving meal can come about in more ways than one. This year, I’m combining some take out with some easy, make ahead sides. No one will miss a beat!
The Big Bird. This year, I am ordering the Tom Turkey from the Inverness Country Club Thanksgiving To Go menu. The options are either a traditional baked or a Cajun fried turkey. I ordered the fried, but I wonder if I made the right choice. Anyone out there have any feedback? I’ve heard fried turkey is amazing; I just worry that Cajun seasoning won’t work as well with traditional sides. We shall see.
Cornbread dressing and squash casserole: I ordered these sides from the ICC to go menu also. #idontmakedressing #aintnobodygottimeforthat:-) When I do make my own squash casserole, here is my fave recipe.
Turkey & dressing to go: If you are like me and want to get your turkey and dressing to go, I’ve heard good things about Publix, The Fresh Market, and Whole Foods meals to go. If any of you know of great options, please leave them in the comments!
The sides that I’ll be making to go with my turkey, dressing and squash casserole are below. They are tried, true, easy, and mostly make ahead.
Brown Sugar & Maple Glazed Spiral Ham is a perfect “other meat” for the Thanksgiving table. Be sure to buy the Kentucky Legend spiral sliced. I have one Publix that always carries the spiral; the other sometimes has only the whole. This is an easy, yummy ham with the best sweet & spicy glaze.
Walnut Cranberry Sauce. Wherever you get your Thanksgiving turkey and dressing, this cranberry sauce is AMAZING! Make this a week or so ahead of time. This is perfect for giving as hostess gifts, especially during the holidays.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Sweet Potato Casserole is the actual recipe from Ruth’s Chris. Not only is it delicious, but it also can be made the day before serving. Even though none of my peeps are crazy for sweet potatoes, they’ll eat this dish.
Mississippi Green Beans are the BEST green beans ever! Since discovering this yummy recipe, I’ve never made green beans any other way. The beans can be prepped a day or two before cooking and then cooked in the oven or slow cooker the day of Thanksgiving.
Gourmet Gruyere Cheese Grits are my fave grits. I make these every year to take to the lake for our Thanksgiving meal with Zane’s family. We do filet mignon, salad, and these grits. I always make these a day or two before and cook them just before serving. #best #grits #ever
Olexa’s Walnut Goat Cheese Salad Copycat recipe is my version of my fave salad at Olexa’s in Mountain Brook Village. It is unique, yummy, and easy to assemble the day of serving. My faves are Millie Ray’s Famous Rolls or Sister Shubert’s.
Rolls: I always do frozen yeast rolls that I warm in the oven and drizzle with butter before serving. (It
Granny’s Pecan Pie Tartlets are my fave pecan pies. I buy the tart shells at my Wal-Mart, but some readers have had difficulty finding these. Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie is my fave recipe for making a whole pecan pie.
I hope these recipes & shortcuts help some of you who are just too busy to do it all this year! I love hearing from readers, so please share your thoughts or any feedback in the comments. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!