When is Thanksgiving sometimes an overwhelming prospect? It can be overwhelming when one has to think of making all of the traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Thanksgiving recipes and Thanksgiving cooking are a very large part of the Thanksgiving tradition. However, if cooking all of the families' favorite Thanksgiving recipes is taking away the enjoyment of the holidays, it may be time to rethink the dinner.
There is nothing stating that one person must make all of the Thanksgiving recipes. If you have a large family, or visitors attending dinner, don't be afraid to ask for help, or assign individuals to bring something. Even one less item will make your load lighter. If you have young children, let them be involved in the cooking process. Washing potatoes, peeling potatoes, opening cans, and setting the table are all examples of tasks that can be handed off to other individuals.
So what are traditional Thanksgiving recipes? While the traditional menu is a little more standard, Thanksgiving recipes can be as varied as the families celebrating. Each family tends to have a way they like things done; Whole cranberries versus crushed cranberries, canned cranberry sauce versus gourmet cranberry sauce. Each family has their own idea of what constitutes the perfect Thanksgiving feast.
The typical Thanksgiving meal, and this may be debated by some, usually consists of a few standard items and a few special Thanksgiving recipes. The most common food at the Thanksgiving table is the turkey. How the turkey is prepared can vary. For some it is lovingly baked and hand basted for a good portion of the day. Other families use an oven bag for roasting the turkey. Deep fried turkeys, smoked turkeys; prepared turkeys are all finding their ways onto the Thanksgiving table.
Potatoes are another Thanksgiving staple. The two most common Thanksgiving recipes for potatoes are usually of a mashed and sweet potato variety. Mashed potatoes and gravy are oftentimes at the center of the Thanksgiving Feast. However, many families will also make some type of sweet potatoes or yams. A sweet potato pie with marshmallows on the top is a popular choice.
Cranberry sauce is a traditional Thanksgiving side dish. It can be served in a manner of ways depending on the preference of the family. Green been casserole is another common side dish on Thanksgiving tables.
The best variety of Thanksgiving recipes often comes during the dessert portion of the meal. Pumpkin pie is probably the most common Thanksgiving dessert. However, there are quite a few variations including: pumpkin pie cheese cake, chiffon pumpkin pie, and pumpkin pie ice cream cake. Apple pie and pecan pie are other popular dessert choices as well. Served with a dollop of ice cream or cool whip, each of these desserts are delicious.
When is Thanksgiving wonderful? It is wonderful when one is well prepared, knows how to delegate the workload, and can just relax and enjoy the day. Thanksgiving recipes can be as simple or as complex as each individual is able to handle. Not everything needs to be homemade to have a special day.