It’s not truly a holiday in my book without cheese! This cream cheese spread is easy on the budget and heavy on flavor.
Mix the softened cream cheese with whole-berry canned cranberries and minced green chilies, as well as a handful of seasonings like cayenne pepper, chili powder and garlic salt. Serve with assorted crackers.
Baked Brie with Gingersnaps
This is my own recipe and a winter holiday standard in this house.
Simply put a wheel of Brie (a wedge works fine too, if it’s a small crowd) into a baking dish. Drizzle maple syrup all over the cheese and around the bottom of the baking dish and top the Brie with slivered almonds. Bake at 350°F until the cheese is melted and the syrup starts to caramelize in the dish. Serve with gingersnaps!
I used this brine one year for my turkey, and my mom still talks about it being the most delicious turkey she’s ever had!
Mix up the brine and pour it into a big bucket or pot a day before Thanksgiving, and submerge the turkey in it. Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight and it will save you a lot of time and effort the next day. The turkey comes out flavorful and juicy, and you don’t have to worry about herbs and seasonings other than a little salt, pepper and olive oil.
Note: Use jarred turkey gravy and mix in a little of your turkey drippings before heating! No one will ever know the difference!
This slow cooker recipe frees up your time and oven space on the holiday.
If you remember to cut up the sour dough bread and leave it out on the counter a couple days before, you don’t even have to toast the bread in the oven first. Add to the recipe if your family has its own traditional stuffing ingredients; for instance, my mom makes hers with mushrooms and green olives! (Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it)!
Mashed potatoes are one of my all-time favorite foods, but they make a big, time-consuming mess in a hot kitchen. This recipe calls for buying the pre-made, refrigerated mashed potatoes, prepared as directed, and mixing in a garlic cream cheese spread. That’s all!
Optional: Sprinkle with dried parsley and canned fried onions.
Make this simple dressing with frozen apple juice concentrate, cider vinegar, oil, brown mustard, maple syrup, and salt. Tear up some mixed greens, add in chopped tart apples and walnuts and thinly slice a red onion to mix in. Toss with the dressing for an easy, delicious fall salad.
In a pre-made graham cracker crust, pour in the bottom layer mixture of cream cheese, milk and sugar. Next, blend canned pumpkin with vanilla pudding mix and milk, and pour over the first layer. Finally, add whipped cream as the top layer and refrigerate for four hours.
You don’t have to break the bank or a sweat to make this holiday special. Keeping it simple will leave you more time to be thankful for the things that truly matter.