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Thanksgiving Turkey

What are some favorite recipes for Thanksgiving?

Some of the best Thanksgiving recipes are listed below, but our database in the Thanksgiving database section include links to many more.

The typical American Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, some type potato dish (often sweet), beans, and a pie (typically pumpkin, mince, or apple). Usually bread is included (see the cranberry bread recipe below) as is corn.


Main Course

Of course the main course is traditionally a Thanksgiving Turkey.

Side Dishes

Corn and Potatos


2  ( 11 ounce) cans no-salt-added whole kernel corn drained
1 tablespoon chopped pimento
veg. cooking spray
1/8 teaspoon paprika
melt margarine in heavy sauce pan, add flour, stir  until smooth  cook 1 minute stir constantly
add milk- cook until thick and bubbly
remove from heat--stir in egg- salt and pepper- pour into baking dish coated with spray.
sprinkle with paprika
place dish in shallow pan-add water to depth of 1 inch
bake 350 for 45 minutes


GRAPE ICE - a really 'grape' tradition

Melt 2/3 cup sugar in
1 1/2 cup water
Add 1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup (or a little more) grape juice
Freeze- then beat with electic beater and then freeze again.

Fletcher's Hard Sauce

Perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving pies or bread or even by the spoonful

1 stick of butter, softened
1 egg
2 boxes of powdered (confectionary) suger
Sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream works well)

Mix butter and egg

Add sugar slowly, mixing as you add.

As it gets thicker, add a little sherry at a time until it is desired consistency (generally like icing for a cake).


Thanks to Charles H. Fletcher


Apple Pie - The Riley Family Apple Pie recipe
A. Graham cracker crust, 1 large egg yolk (slightly beaten)
B. 5 cups fresh peeled apples (Golden Del & Mac), 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3T whole wheat flour, 1/4 t salt, 1/2t cinnamon
C. 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 stick (1/3 cup) melted butter
  1. Brush egg yoke on crust, bake until light brow, approx 6 minutes
  1. Combine B, mix well, spoon into crust
  1. Mix C - put on as top of pie in thin sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes

Cool ~4 hours.


Banana Bread

2.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
.5 teaspon salt
.75 cup salted butter, softened
1.5 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
3 cups ripe bananas (about 7 medium) mashed  (I use more than 3 cups, personally)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I add cinnamon.  You can also add either chocolate chips (I just dump until it looks like enough) or chopped walnuts, or bot

Preheat oven to 350'. Grease two 9 x 5" pans

In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt with a wire whisk

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar w/ electric mixer.  Add eggs, banana, and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick.  scrape down sides of bowl.

add the flour mixture and the (walnuts or choc chips) and the cinnamon, if you wish.  Blend at low speed just until combined. do not overmix.

pour batter into prepared pans.  bake on center rack of oven for 60 - 70 mins.  A toothpick inserted in center should come out clean, and the bread should pull away from the sides.  (If you use extra bananas, it will stay extra moist).

cool in pan 10 mins (I never do that). eat rapidly, before anyone else can get to it.  :)


Cranberry Bread Recipe

I find it easier to double the recipe and make two loaves at once

Sift: 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt (I never use it), and 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Cut in 1/4 cup butter (I use Promise Extra Light margarine sticks- it makes the bread really moist) until mixture is crumbly (I use a mixer to crumble-ize it)

Add 1 beaten egg, 1 tsp grated orange peel (I use a grater/peeler doohickey and grate an entire orange for every two loaves.  It is a royal pain in the butt too.), and 3/4 cup orange juice.

mix until mixture is evenly moist.

fold in as many light raisins as you think looks good (the recipe calls for 1 and 1/2 cups, I never measure) and about a half bag of chopped cranberries per loaf.

spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan

bake at 350' for 1 hour and 10 mins or until toothpick in center comes out clean.  I never use the toothpick test, but I suppose it is a good idea.

Cool out of pan on a wire rack.

keep stored in aluminum foil, unless you eat it all before it cools.




Mrs. Mari Ann Kundinger's Cranberry Sauce Recipe- this is a great recipe

1 lb. cranberries=2 cups, 3/4 c. orange juice, 1 orange cut in half , 1 cup sugar

Cook cranberries until all popped. Add 1 c. sugar after cooked. Squeeze juice from orange into cranberries-leave orange peel in until serving.

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