Another Halloween has come and gone, and as always, the holidays follow right behind. Though the coffee shops, commercials and brand advertisements are moving their focus to capturing Christmas in a cup and holiday jingles, we can’t forget the holiday hiding in the festive madness that brings us together- Thanksgiving! While Thanksgiving is the best time for a family reunion and a reminder to be thankful, our main focus is on the feast. Thanksgiving has always been a reliable holiday with staples such as turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and pies, but it can also be fun to mix it up with some non-traditional Thanksgiving dishes. 
 
As the end of November approaches, turkey is a main topic of discussion. Soon, people in grocery stores across the country will be frantically searching for the perfect turkey, and if they’re smart, a back-up turkey in case something goes wrong. Since there are a range of leftover dishes to make with turkey such as sandwiches, salads, and casseroles, you are sure to get creative when you find yourself eating leftover turkey for a week! Therefore, whether it’s in the oven, on the grill, or-beer battered, we recommend sticking with a classic turkey for Thanksgiving. 
 
 
Classic Roasted Turkey
Serves 8
A basic and traditional roasted Thanksgiving turkey. Photo Credit: finecooking.com
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
59 calories
0 g
24 g
3 g
8 g
1 g
29 g
38 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59
Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 24mg
8%
Sodium 38mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 turkey
  2. Half a stick of butter
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Herbs to taste, ex: rosemary, garlic, basil
Cooking time at 325°F
  1. 8 to 12 pounds (serves 8 to 12 people), 2.5 - 3.5 hours
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  3. Remove giblets (usually in a bag) from inside of turkey (you can chop these later and use them to make gravy)
  4. Wash turkey with cold water
  5. Season inside and out with salt and pepper
  6. Place breast-side-down on a rack in a roasting pan and coat with oil or melted butter
  7. Cover bottom of pan with water
  8. Cover turkey with lid or foil and cook for about an hour (this makes the breast come out moist)
  9. Then carefully turn the turkey over so it is breast side up and continue cooking.
  10. About 30 minutes before finished, remove foil or lid to brown the breast.
  11. Turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh reads 180 degrees.
  12. Remove from oven, cover and let settle for a little while before carving.
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Sweet potatoes are always a crowd favorite, sometimes glazed with brown sugar or topped with marshmallows. As a twist this Thanksgiving, you can make deep fried sweet potato balls with a sweet or savory dipping sauce. Fun and easy-to-make, you will need sweet potatoes, banana, flour, egg, sugar, cinnamon, marshmallows, butter, parmesan, and you’re ready to go!
 
Deep Fried Sweet Potato Balls
Serves 6
Deep fried sweet potato balls. Photo credit: herfrozenwings.blogspot.com
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
173 calories
40 g
31 g
1 g
3 g
0 g
133 g
61 g
23 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
133g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173
Calories from Fat 8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg
10%
Sodium 61mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 40g
13%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
247%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
4%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 large sweet potatoes
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 large marshmallow per ball
Instructions
  1. Bake the sweet potatoes at 350°F until tender, and proceed to peel and mash
  2. Mash the sweet potatoes (you can add banana too!) and mix together with egg
  3. Let mixture sit, use hands to create balls (2-3 inch diameter)
  4. Deep fry on stove with oil (or if you have a deep fryer even better!)
Dipping Sauce
  1. Cinnamon and sugar (mix on stove with butter until melts into a glaze)
  2. Marshmallow sauce (melt marshmallow on stove top until liquid)
  3. Parmesan, to taste
  4. (for more dipping options, you can also use raspberry jam or garlic aioli)
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173
fat
1g
protein
3g
carbs
40g
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So you’ve spiced up your Thanksgiving meal, but what about cocktails? As always, a family reunion calls for a drink (realistically more than one!). Instead of the usual beer and wine, we thought a festive pomegranate hard cider would be appropriate to top off your Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe is quick and delicious – check it out!
 
Pomegranate Hard Cider
Serves 8
A sweet, fruity spiked cider for the holidays. Photo Credit: Recipe.com
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
106 calories
21 g
0 g
1 g
1 g
0 g
1075 g
137 g
14 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1075g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106
Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 137mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
411%
Calcium
11%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 gallons pomegranate cider
  2. Pomegranate seeds
  3. 3 apples (sliced)
  4. Peach schnapps
  5. Rum (lots of it!)
Instructions
  1. Slice apples and pomegranate (pick out the seeds first!)
  2. Pour pomegranate cider into a pitcher or bowl
  3. Add apples, pomegranate seeds
  4. Add rum, peach schnapps
  5. If possible let sit in the refrigerator, as to let the apples soak up the flavor
Notes
  1. Recipe can be served hot or cold. Cold hard cider is recommended for lighter drink with your heavy meal.
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fat
1g
protein
1g
carbs
21g
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  Photo Credit: Letschow                     
 
 
We hope these recipes have inspired you to take your classic dishes a step further by adding your own flare to your Thanksgiving meal this year. Just add a dash of creativity and you’re on your way!

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