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Five Hit Recipes to Make Thanksgiving a Succes


Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to share memories and enjoy wonderful and unique meals together. If you need some great recipe ideas the ones below are five great recipes for Thanksgiving that your family is sure to love.

(1) Sweet Potato Surprise

3 medium sweet potatoes
cup brown sugar, firmly packed
cup raisins
cup marshmallows
1 cup orange juice
3 tbsp. walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp. butter, melted
tsp salt
1 tbsp. cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350. Boil sweet potatoes. Run cold water over potatoes then

let them air dry to cool. Once cooled, you can peel them. Cut potatoes into 2 inch pieces. In 9 inch baking dish arrange potatoes to your liking. Combine raisins, cornstarch, and orange juice. Cook over medium heat. Stir constantly. Add salt and butter to saucepan. Mixture will become thick and that is when it is done. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with marshmallows and chopped nuts. Bake for 20 minutes. Yields 6-8 servings.

(2) Pumpkin Bread

2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1-8 oz. can pumpkin
1 cup flour
1/3 cup shortening
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
tsp. cinnamon
1/3 tsp. salt
1/3 tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup raisins (optional)
2/3 cup nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Beat together sugar and shortening. Add pumpkin, eggs, and water. Blend until smooth. Add flour and sugar. Stir in raisins and nuts, if desired. Add baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Grease 9 inch baking pan. Bake for 1 hour. A toothpick inserted will come out clean when done. Let cool. Serve with melted butter and a sprinkle of sugar.

(3) Green bean Casserole

2 cans (8 oz each) cut green beans
2 cups brown rice, uncooked
1 sm. jar regular cheese wiz
1 sm. jar jalapeno cheese wiz
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2/3 cup butter, melted
cup chopped onions 1 clove garlic, chopped
1cup your favorite shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Measure rice accurately. Cook rice per package instructions. Drain rice completely. Let rice completely dry. Add green beans. Blend soup and butter together until creamy. Combine the two mixtures together. Add both jars of cheese. Add cheese gradually stirring as you go. Add garlic and onions. Before putting greased casserole dish into oven, top casserole with shredded cheese of your choice. I prefer mozzarella. Cook for 50 minutes or until cheese is bubbling or has started to brown on to

(4) Pasta Salad

3 cups pasta, any will do
1 cup grape tomatoes, diced
1 tsp. chopped banana peppers
cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped cucumbers
1 whole avocado, chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
cup diced red bell pepper
cup diced yellow bell pepper
cup celery
1 cup Italian dressing
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cook pasta until tender, drain. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour. Run pasta through cold water before you start to prepare it. Add vegetables to pasta. Blend in one cup Italian dressing. Sprinkle on parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve with whole wheat crackers.

(5) Orange Stuffing with Cranberry Sauce

7 slices of bread
cup butter
2 medium oranges
tsp. poultry seasoning
cup canned cranberry sauce
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup red onion
1 cup chicken broth

Take slices of bread. Cut into half inch cubes. Set aside. Cook celery, red onion, and butter on medium heat. Cook until celery and onion are tender. Add oranges to mixture. Cook on low heat for ten minutes. Add cranberry sauce. Cook on low for 10 minutes. Combine poultry seasoning and chicken broth. Add to celery mixture. Cook until broth is well dissolved. Take off heat Pour entire mixture over bread mixture immediately. Mix well and serve with extra cranberry sauce on the side. Garnish with orange wedges and basil.

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