(Closed) What should we have for our first thanksgiving dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 5
1709 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@Miss Country Chick:  What have you planned on making so far?  My Fiance is deployed so we’re having a belated Thanksgiving, just the two of us.  I’m going to make a turkey breast, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with bacon and caramelized onions, creamed corn casserole, caramelized butternut squash, rolls, and pumpkin pie bars.  It’s a lot of food, I know!!  

Post # 6
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Cornish hens instead of a whole turkey.  They’re delicious and easy to cook if you just follow the recipe.  

Brussels sprouts roasted with pancetta and shallots.

I saw this recipe for roasted smashed potatoes that is impractical for us this year given the number of people, but you should try it!  


This recipe is designed to work with potatoes 1½ to 2 inches in diameter; do not use potatoes any larger. It is important to thoroughly cook the potatoes so that they will smash easily. Remove the potatoes from the baking sheet as soon as they are done browning—they will toughen if left too long. A potato masher can also be used to “smash” the potatoes.



  1. 1. Adjust oven racks to top and bottom positions and heat oven to 500 degrees. Arrange potatoes on rimmed baking sheet, pour ¾ cup water into baking sheet, and wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Cook on bottom rack until paring knife or skewer slips in and out of potatoes easily (poke through foil to test), 25 to 30 minutes. Remove foil and cool 10 minutes. If any water remains on baking sheet, blot dry with paper towel.

  2. 2. Drizzle 3 tablespoons oil over potatoes and roll to coat. Space potatoes evenly on baking sheet and place second baking sheet on top; press down firmly on baking sheet, flattening potatoes until 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and season generously with salt and pepper; drizzle evenly with remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Roast potatoes on top rack 15 minutes. Transfer potatoes to bottom rack and continue to roast until well browned, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Serve immediately.

Post # 7
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Crock pot corn!

2 (16oz) pkgs frozen corn
1 stick of butter
1 pk cream cheese (8oz)
salt and pepper to taste

cook on low 3-4 hours

That’s the original recipie, my family likes to add a splash of milk and a few slices of american cheese. But that’s the base and you can change it up really easily to make it fit the taste of you and who ever is eating. Also very easy to make a half batch due to the easy measurements. 

Post # 10
1709 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@Miss Country Chick:  Sigh…I know, so much food, but it will be our first Thanksgiving alone together and I wanted him to have a special meal, since he’s been eating the ship’s food for 8 months.  Thanksgiving leftovers ARE yummy!  :-p

Post # 11
10452 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We hosted our first Christmas dinner in our new house last year and did turkey, sausages, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, corn, buns, pumpkin pie. If we do it again this year I’d cook that exact same meal. Classic and delicious. 

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