It’s Turkey Time!

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Hannah Lee, Staff reporter

It’s beginning to look a lot like the Holiday season as Thanksgiving comes around the corner. Although most of us are waiting for Christmas, we can’t help but feel excited for the big family Thanksgiving meal. As everyone runs around cooking some of our most favorite foods such as the classic turkey or our favorite dessert, pumpkin pie. Even if you’re there to see family or helping to cook, here are some recipes and ratings of some of the most famous Thanksgiving foods that you could help prepare in the kitchen. 

Side Dishes and Desserts 

  1. Cranberry Sauce 

Cranberry sauce is a hit or miss in many households, yet it still remains a common Thanksgiving food. It’s perfect to put on the side or as a condiment. Here is one of the best recipes if it is a staple in your holiday meal. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup sugar

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  • 1 cup water 
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries 

If you would like, you can add add-ins such as nuts, pecans, raisins, blueberries, cinnamon, etc. 

Instructions: 

  • Rinse your cranberries in a colander, getting rid of any damaged berries. 
  • Boil water and sugar on high heat in a saucepan until it begins to boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. 
  • Add cranberries to water and lower the heat. Let them simmer for 10 minutes or until they burst. 
  • If you would like to add add-ins, do so after the cranberries have burst. 
  • Let it cool by removing it from heat and letting cool till room temperature. Once completely cooled, move to refrigerator to chill.  

Note that the cranberry sauce will thicken the more it cools. 

2. Green Bean Casserole 

A green bean casserole is one of the most popular dishes during Thanksgiving. It’s simple to make and super delicious. If you’re helping make food this year, you should definitely try this. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can of Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or 98% Fat Free Cream of
  • Mushroom Soup or Condensed Unsalted Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce 
  • 4 cups cooked cut green beans 
  • 1 1/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions 

Instructions: 

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, beans and 2/3 cup of the 1 1/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper.  
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until hot. Stir the mixture and sprinkle the remaining onions. 
  • Put the casserole back in the oven and bake for 5 more minutes or until the onions are golden brown. 

   Green bean casserole is delicious alongside the classic Thanksgiving turkey! 

3. Mashed potatoes 

Mashed potatoes are a classic staple on anyone’s plate. They are easy to make, and even more delicious with gravy poured over top! 

Ingredients: 

  • 5 pounds potatoes

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  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 ½ cups cream cheese 
  • 1 cup chopped fresh chives 
  • ½ cup butter 
  • ½ medium head garlic, peeled and minced 
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste 

If you would like to add gravy on top as well, there are packets sold separately at your local grocery store. 

Instructions: 

  • Peel and quarter potatoes and place them in a large pot. Cover with salted water and boil. Cook till tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot on low heat to dry for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add cheese, scream cheese, chives, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use potato masher to mash until smooth. 

Mashed potatoes are the best food to dip your turkey or ham in! 

4. Pumpkin Pie 

This is THE classic Thanksgiving dessert. Simple to make, yet so delicious! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

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  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger 
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F 
  • Whisk pumpkin puree, condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt together in a bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. 
  • Bake in oven for 15 minutes. 
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking until a knife or toothpick comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. 
  • Let cool before serving. 

Pumpkin pie is the one dessert you should make this holiday season!