The New Bride’s Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

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perfect thanksgiving dinnerWant to cook that amazing Thanksgiving Dinner that will blow their minds?

Look no further –  here are all the Thanksgiving recipes you will need. Believe me when I tell you I have done all the googling and research for you.

If nothing else, try the sweet potatoes. Seriously try them!

THE PERFECT MEAL

I got married 4 years ago at the age of 39. That’s right 39! So believe me when I tell you I left no stone unturned for our first Thanksgiving dinner. I googled and research and read blogs and even pre-tried recipes.

IT WAS GOING TO BE PERFECT!

So if you are looking for the complete meal – here it is. If you just need one dish …umm…pick the sweet potatoes. I mean it is all amazing, but dang those sweet potatoes are crazy good!

THE TURKEY

Hats off to you Mr. Brown. This turkey is so juicy. And I hate turkey. To me it is always soooo dry. Recipe Note: If you figure out how to dissolve the peppercorns and whole all-spice in the brine, please let me know!

You need to prepare this 2 days before the big day. So worth it! Here is the juicy recipe. Thanks Alton!

THE SWEET POTATOES

Honestly Heather – whoever you are – YUMMY! You turn my Thanksgiving table into fight club. Winner gets the last scoop. Here is the fabulous amazing yummy yum recipe.

sweet potato casserole

 THE STUFFING AND GRAVY

This recipe feeds a football team. I was laughed at year 1. You have to remember I don’t cook – ever. I have zero skills, so I followed the recipe to the exact 1/8 of a teaspoon. And no the fact it called for 2 loaves of bread did not tip me off that it might be too much stuffing for 4 people.

In my defense year two I cut the recipe in half and was asked “where is all the stuffing?” There wasn’t enough leftovers for everyone to take some home. Now the first year it was just my parents and fiancée and since the wedding it’s the whole tribe. But still, I have to defend myself somehow!

sausage suffing

Also I double the sausage. We like sausage 🙂 Here is the delicious recipe.

The gravy is also very good, but I do make a turkey gravy as well from the turkey drippings. Ok ok my mom does. I have no clue how to actually do that, but here’s a video. I haven’t done this before, but hey – I totally trust Alton.

THE MASHED POTATOES

Another must have on the table. Thanks Natasha for knocking this one out of the park! This is a new recipe I added last year. Previously I was having my mom do the potatoes, but now I’m the potato queen.

Here is the fluffy recipe.

mashed potatos

THE MAC AND CHEESE

Maybe not a traditional dish, but we LOVE mac and cheese. We use to buy it from a small soul food diner in town, but when they closed I had to make it myself.

Courtesy of Rev Run here is the cheesy recipe.

THE CORN

I know what you are thinking, it’s corn. No sir! This is not your average corn. It is freakin’ phenomenal.

You will make this all year long…I promise you that!

Here is the corniest recipe.

chophouse corn

THE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Let me be honest, I have made a couple 5 star recipes for this dish and nothing is ever a hit with everyone. It is never the star of the show. So you guessed it, I ask my mom to bring it. She goes with the classic Betty Crocker.

green bean casserole
Here is the timeless recipe. Or use the one on the back of the Campbell’s can. Works great as well. 🙂

DESSERT

You know how everyone wants to bring something. 🙂 Here is my go to category. I have everyone else bring dessert.

I hope you enjoy our family Thanksgiving recipes.

Happy gifting…umm eating!

Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen

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