Thanksgiving Essentials

Thanksgiving: The Big Day

Looking for Thanksgiving Dinner ideas and recipes? From traditional family menus to desserts and leftovers, here are some wonderfully popular ideas for delicious holiday side dishes and accompaniments that are sure to please everyone at your dinner table.

Rise and Shine

Italian garlic mashed potatoes recipe

Here's All You Do:

Mix 1 cup of Pumpkin Pie Pancake Mix with 1 egg and add milk to desired consistency (Normally less than 1 cup).

Add a touch of butter or margarine to griddle and cook to golden. Serve with syrup, whipped cream or your favorite topping.

This recipe is simplicity itself. By the time you have the griddle hot and ready to go, the pumpkin pie pancake mix batter is ready to go. The pumpkin flavor is wonderful, especially on a chilly November morning.

Combined with the perfect blend of spices in the mix, it's a light, fluffy plate full of goodness that reminds you just how good pumpkin pie is going to be with Thanksgiving dinner.

What kind of topping would you like? Whipped cream, berries, loads of maple syrup? Go for it. And watch all the smiles as everyone digs in.


Thanksgiving Dinner: The Perfect Accompaniments

roasted garlic gourmet seasoning blend

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

INGREDIENTS: Five pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 teaspoons salt, plus to taste
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. Rockin' Roasted Garlic seasoning blend
2 cups milk or half-and-half
Finely chopped fresh chives and butter for garnish

Prepare in your usual way and serve piping hot with lots of delicious turkey gravy!

HINTS AND VARIATIONS

By far, the very best potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner mashed potatoes are delicious, starchy, and flavorful russet or Yukon gold potatoes. They just can't be beat for wonderful, satisfying flavor.

Another variation is to make Garlic Redskin Mashed Potatoes. The tender, thin skin doesn’t need to be peeled, plus it offers wonderful texture, flavor and color. Follow the recipe above, using all-time favorite Go Go Garlic gourmet seasoning blend.



Green Beans & Walnuts Casserole

Everybody likes green beans at the holidays, but if you are tired of the same old recipe year after year, why not try this delicious alternative and see the smiles around your dinner table like we have?

INGREDIENTS:
Fresh or frozen green beans, cooked
Chopped walnuts
Go Go Garlic seasoning blend
Salt and Pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Unsalted Butter
French fried onion rings, canned

Reserve french fried onion rings and butter for garnish. Combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine thoroughly.

Turn out into serving dish. Drizzle melted butter over entire dish and garnish with french fried onion rings. If preparing ahead of time, cover with aluminum foil and keep hot until serving time.

VARIATIONS:
Try adding a can of mushroom pieces and stems for that extra earthy flavor, or dried cranberries may also be added for color and a nice holiday touch.



Cheddar Biscuits Gourmet Baking Mix

Cheesy Cheddar Biscuits

Quick & Easy: Cheesy Cheddar Biscuits start disappearing from the table as soon as you serve them. You'll love everything about these delicious, flaky biscuits from the easy last minute prep, the cooking aroma and the amazing light flavorful taste!

Here's all you do: Preheat oven to 425. Empty contents of package into a mixing bowl. Cut shortening into mix with a pastry cutter until most pieces are about ¼ inch. Put in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and add water ( and cheese, if you’re using cheese). Stir until blended and a thick dough forms. Drop approximately ¼ cup portions of the dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet ( or parchment paper.)

Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter immediately after baking. (If you love garlic, you might want to add one-half tsp. of our popular Go Go Garlic to the butter. And for a really Italian flair, sprinkle in a touch of our Italian Bread Dipping Blend.




The Day After...

leftover turkey casserole

Bahama Mama Turkey & Rice Casserole

When it comes to leftover turkey, there's nothing like a quick, easy, hearty and satisfying turkey casserole on a cold November afternoon to warm the insides of everyone at the table.

And with Bahama Mama Caribbean Rice mix, dinner is ready in less than half an hour... no muss, no fuss.

This quick and satisfying meal starter mix will have all your friends begging for your secret recipe.

Here's all you do: Empty contents into 4 1/2 cups of boiling water. Add 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) of butter or margarine. Return to the boil and boil for one minute. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix in 2 cups diced turkey. Cover and continue cooking for an additional 5-7 minutes.

Fluff with fork and serve. For added color, garnish with fresh chopped spinach.