6 yummy foods to try out this Thanksgiving!

American Thanksgiving is nearly here, and with it comes a horde of happiness and joy at being with your loved ones. But there’s also the tension of making lip-smacking tasty dishes that’ll make your guests go “wow”.

While pumpkin pies and roast turkeys are essential to the dinner table, here are a few other recipes you can make to be this year’s favorite host/hostess!

1. Roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Doesn’t the name itself sound yummy? Absolutely yes! You’ll need simple ingredients like potatoes, roasted garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and toppings of your choice (like rosemary or butter).

First, roast the garlic until the cloves are tender brown. Next, peel the potatoes put them in a large pot, and cover it with about an inch of cold water.

Preserve the starchy water, boil and then mash the potatoes. Finally, remove the garlic cloves and mash them into a paste. Fold the garlic into the potatoes and add olive oil, preserved water, salt, and pepper. Add your desired toppings, and boom, you’re done!

2. Green bean casserole

Do your little ones hate beans? Worry not, we’ve got you covered. Make this delicious green bean casserole and watch them gobble it down in one go!

Take some green beans and boil them until they turn bright green for about 6-7 minutes. Using tongs, quickly transfer these beans to an ice bath and then drain and transfer them to a bowl. In a skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter, add onion, and cook until tender. You may want to add mushrooms and salt and pepper for seasoning.

Stir in some minced garlic too, until you can smell them. Transfer this mixture to the green bean bowl. In the same skillet, melt more butter. Whisk in some flour, add milk, and cook with salt and pepper.

Add this mixture to the green bean bowl and keep tossing until everything is nicely mixed. Bake this entire thing for about 30 minutes until you see bubbles. You can even top this with fried onions and bake some more for the extra yumminess!

3. Buttermilk biscuits

How about offering your guests some appetizers before the main course? If you’re at a loss of what to cook, try buttermilk biscuits!

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a preheated (450 degrees C) oven, line up parchment paper. Grate butter over the flour mixture and toss it quickly using your hands. Make a well in the middle of the dough and pour 1 cup buttermilk in it.

Stir this a little, and dump it onto the working table. Bring the dough together and shape it into your desired shapes. Keep rolling it with a rolling pin and repeat folding. Place your cookie cutters on the folded dough (should be around an inch-thick) and cut them carefully. Brush these biscuits with melted butter and bake in the oven until light-golden!

4. Honey glazed ham

Place this ham cut-side-down in a roasting pan cover. Sprinkle with a bit of brown sugar and cover it with foil paper.

Roast this for about 10 minutes and apply glaze all over it. Add some more brown sugar, mustard, pineapple juice, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, lemon juice, and rum to a saucepan and boil. Brush the ham with additional pineapple glaze and bake again. Mix in the syrup from the saucepan and enjoy!

5. Cranberry sauce

Made in just 15-20 minutes, this sauce is a must-have! Simply take some boiling water, add sugar to it and keep stirring. Add in some fresh cranberries until they burst and simmer. You may have the sauce just like this or add in toppings like orange zest or pecans!

6. Pumpkin truffles

Bored of pumpkin pie? Try out pumpkin truffles for dessert. Beat some cream cheese and sugar together. Add pumpkin to this and keep beating. Add graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and melted chocolate. Chill this in the refrigerator.

Take it out and roll it into small balls on parchment paper. Dip these balls in hot chocolate and add more graham cracker crumbs or sprinkles. Chill again until hard. There you go, some scrumptious dessert!

In Australia, thanksgiving can become a huge commotion, be it meat wholesalers in Melbourne or bakeries in Canberra. So buy all your ingredients beforehand.

Over to you….

According to Local12, 68% of people dislike the thanksgiving food they eat. But with these recipes with you, your guests won’t stop gushing on about your lovely recipes!

Photo: Claudio Schwarz Purzlbaum, Unsplash