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Cheap Thanksgiving Day Dinner Recipes on a Budget

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Holidays can sometimes find us with a little less in our bank account than is desired. Thanksgiving dinner does not have to be overlooked due to finances though. With a few inexpensive Thanksgiving recipes it can be delicious without having to worry about spending too much. Below are several cheap holiday recipes to get you through the Thanksgiving menu without being too much of a financial load.

Inexpensive Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Seasoned Potato Bake Recipe

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons seasoning salt
  • 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together except potatoes and milk. Wash and slice potatoes. Dip slices of potatoes a handful at a time in milk, then into the flour mixture. Place potatoes into a greased casserole dish. Cover and bake. Depending on size of casserole dish more or less potatoes may be needed. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and pour 3 tablespoons of melted butter on top of potatoes. Sprinkle with more seasoning salt. Place back into oven for an additional 10 minutes.

Inexpensive Cranberry Side Dish Recipe

  • 1 ½ cups jellied cranberries
  • 2 cups apple pie filling
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup celery, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mixture into casserole dish. Bake in oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Enjoy warm. To make this recipe quicker and easier use canned sweet potatoes

Cheap Thanksgiving Recipes

Cheap Broccoli Casserole Recipe

  • 1 bunch fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup Velveeta cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook broccoli until tender. Drain. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour ingredients into casserole dish. Place in oven. After the first 15 minutes remove from oven and stir. Continue cooking for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

Cheap Old Fashioned Sugar Pie Recipe

  • 9-inch unbaked pie crust
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Preheat oven to 350 to 375 degrees. Follow the package directions on unbaked pie crust to place inside a pie pan. In a medium bowl add sugar, flour, and milk. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into pie crust. Cut butter into small pieces and add to the top of the pie. Bake for one hour or until pie begins to boil. Remove from oven and cool.

Thanksgiving Dinner Extras

To finish the Thanksgiving Day menu heat up some green beans, sweet corn, and a package of heat-n-serve rolls. Decorate the table with several small pumpkins and a fall table cloth. Place rolls inside a small basket lined with a dishcloth, preferably an autumn color and add to the table. Have a stick of butter and a butter knife near the rolls for those who wish to butter their rolls.

Some families make a tradition of getting together the day before Thanksgiving. All the kids and grandkids join in the food preparations. Many learned to cook Thanksgiving dinner from grandmothers and now their children are learning to cook the recipes that have been handed down from generation-to-generation. It is a day to share memories of the holidays from years past and teach children how to enjoy cooking with family.

Often, the cooks of the family prefer everyone stay out of the kitchen until the food is prepared. The children are sent off to play and to ‘stay out of the way’ until the food is finished. The children can not learn how to prepare the meal if no one teaches them. What better time to enjoy each other than on Thanksgiving. Give thanks this year for family, friends, and cheap Thanksgiving Day food recipes.

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