So, you’re graduated college and considered an official “adult”. Which for some, may mean that you actually have to contribute to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. That could be a super scary thought. But, really, it’s not that bad. There are so many easy recipes out there. Here are some easy Thanksgiving recipe ideas for the Twentysomethings’ Guide To: Thanksgiving.
Appetizer ideas- start off strong, and convince your family you’re a master chef while their stomachs are empty.
- Maple Pecan Baked Brie– baked brie has always been a family favorite. BUT only make it if there is oven room. Or else you will look ill prepared and will not impress.
- Honey, Apricot and Almond Goat Cheese– this doesn’t have to be baked and goat cheese is always a crowd pleaser.
- Spinach Artichoke Dip– but like not JUST spinach artichoke dip. Spinach artichoke dip with jalapenos, bacon and roasted garlic. Yes, please.
Roasting veggies as a side dish cannot be easier. Here’s some roasted side dish recipes.
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Squash and Apples– chop, season, roast, serve. Just don’t hurt yourself chopping.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans and Cranberries– cause roasting is just too. flipping. easy.
- Honey Garlic Sriracha Roasted Carrots– again, seriously, cannot stress what a great side dish you can make so easily. Plus, Sriracha is amazing.
Potatoes. Because get that boxed garbage out of here. Homemade is seriously so easy to make and your family will be so impressed cause your potatoes will be so amazing.
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes– just throw everything in the slow cooker and let that little machine work it’s magic. Like go nap, binge watch Netflix, do whatever your little heart desires for 5-6 hours.
- 3 Ingredient Onion Roasted Red Potatoes– again with the roasting, because it deserves this much recognition. Plus this recipe calls for onion soup mix. You have to do nothing but dump a seasoning packet to make these.
- Sweet Potato Casserole– impress your older family members with your casserole making skills. Also, sweet potatoes are one of the greatest foods ever created.
Other Side Dishes. In all honesty, Thanksgiving is TRULY all about the side dishes.
- Thanksgiving Side Salad– this was requested by my family to be at our family Thanksgiving. If you don’t feel like picking pomegranate seeds out (which can be a serious pain in the arse), just buy them already seeded. Then this salad is SO easy.
- Cream Corn Casserole– again, with the casserole’s. You’ll be your Aunt Kathy’s favorite (everyone has an Aunt Kathy- my roommates pointed that one out). But seriously, this is one of those combine and cook recipes. Can’t get much easier.
- Bacon Wrapped Green Beans– green beans are almost as essential to a Thanksgiving meal as stuffing and potatoes is, in my opinion.
Thanksgiving Desserts, there’s always room for dessert.
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars– pumpkin + cheesecake. Nothing else needs to be said.
- Pumpkin Pie Bites– pumpkin pie is a must, and everything is way cuter in bite size form.
- Old Fashioned Apple Pie– this recipe even includes having store bought crust. Because who’s trying to make a homemade crust on Thanksgiving? Not me.
If all else fails. Wine. There’s always wine.
So here’s the first of many Twentysomethings’ Guides. Now go and impress your family with some of these recipes!