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Herb Stuffing Casserole, Cranberry Orange Relish: Thanksgiving Recipes and Meal Ideas

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Whether you’re cheering on your favorite collegiate or professional football team or just meeting up with friends and family for a special holiday celebration like Thanksgiving, fall is full of harvest foods good for the soul and spirit. It’s a requirement that special celebrations come with some pretty tantalizing food, and this is especially true during fall.

Some fall foods are staples of the autumn season and for the Thanksgiving holiday. Dishes made of pumpkin, turkey, and cranberries bring out the best of their luring taste. Whether it’s the traditional dishes, like green bean casserole or pumpkin pie, some fall foods could never be overdone or outdone.

Here are some great recipes for a fall-time meal that will be unforgettable. Thanksgiving should be celebrated with these dishes. Also, check out fall-time desserts for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Herb Stuffing Casserole

This casserole recipe is a great way to use any leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat. Cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and add to the recipe to make a great casserole.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup herb stuffing mix
  • 2 cans chicken noodle soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1-2 cups cooked, diced chicken or leftover turkey (If using chicken: I stew one or two large boneless, skinless chicken breasts for about 25 minutes and cut them into small bite-sized pieces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350, and spray one 3-quart flat casserole pan or dish with butter flavoring.
  2. Mix together the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Pour into casserole dish.

For the topping:

  1. Melt one stick of butter and stir in 2 cups of herb stuffing mix.
  2. Spread entire ingredients over casserole.

Bake casserole for about 1 hour. (makes 8 servings)

Thanksgiving Cranberry-Orange Relish

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 1-2 small oranges, peeled or unpeeled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Wash orange(s) and cranberries, and remove seeds in orange and stems from cranberries. Cut oranges in small pieces.
  2. Take the orange pieces and cranberries, placing them in a large food processor. Process as much as the processor will hold, pulsing bit by bit, until all of the ingredients are processed into a relish-like consistency.
  3. Place cranberry-orange mixture and place in medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle sugar ingredients over mixture and stir. This is best made ahead of time, so the flavors can mix. Refrigerate relish and enjoy with turkey or other Thanksgiving dishes.

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6 or 7 medium red potatoes, with or without peel
  • ¼ cup margarine or butter
  • ¼ – 1/3 cup milk or buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped

Directions:

  1. Wash potatoes and rid any blemishes. Cover potatoes with water in large saucepan. Add garlic cloves and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil. Turn to medium heat and continue cooking potatoes until they soften to the touch.
  2. Drain water from potatoes and garlic, and put back in saucepan. Turn heat to low for 30 seconds to 1 minute just to evaporate any remaining water.
  3. Place potatoes in large mixing bowl. Add butter and milk, and mash a little by hand. Take electric mixer, and mix until several of the large lumps in the potatoes are gone.
  4. Add onion salt, pepper, rosemary and oregano. Continue mashing with electric mixer until all lumps are gone. Serve warm.

For the complete Thanksgiving or fall-time meal, serve with these great desserts. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and make sure to celebrate with the best in fall-time foods.

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