Hosting Thanksgiving Together? Here's Your Ultimate Menu

Thanksgiving Recipes: Your Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu
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12 recipes sure to impress even your picky in-laws!

It's your first Thanksgiving acting as the hosting couple and you couldn't be more excited! Your home is dressed top to bottom, festooned with garlands and gourds. So you're ready to greet your friends and family at the door, right?

Well, almost. There's the whole "cooking" part of Thanksgiving you've yet to take care of and with the holiday less than two weeks away, you don't have time to spare in the kitchen! Cooking your first Thanksgiving meal together can be intimidating to say the least. That's why we've done the work for you by preparing the ultimate menu, including tasty hors d'Oeuvres, a decadent dessert and, of course, the hallmark of the holiday: the turkey. From roasting the bird to mashing the spuds, let us be the extra set of hands in the kitchen. These recipes are sure to impress even your picky in-laws!

Appetizer: Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites
By Marina Delio of YummyMummyKitchen.com

2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup good maple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
16 crackers
8 oz Brie cheese
Cranberry chutney or cranberry relish
Fresh mint for garnish

1. Rinse cranberries and place in a medium bowl. Heat syrup in a small sauce pan just until warm. Pour over cranberries when syrup is warm, not hot, or cranberries may pop. Cool, cover, and let steep overnight.
2. Drain cranberries in a colander. Place sugar in a large bowl or baking dish. Add cranberries in 2 batches and roll around until lightly coated in sugar. Place on a baking sheet until dry, about 1 hour.
3. Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and 4 or 5 sugared cranberries. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Cocktail: Simply Spiked Cider with Oven Baked Apple Crisps
By Gina Matsoukas of RunningToTheKitchen.com


3 cups apple cider
½ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon orange extract
⅓ cup dark rum
Cinnamon & turbinado sugar for rim garnish
Apple Chips
Whole apple, thinly sliced


1. Combine apple cider, cloves, cinnamon and extract in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer for 10-15 minutes.
2. Strain out cloves, mix in rum and set aside.
3. In a small plate combine sugar and cinnamon.
4. Wet the rim of the serving glasses with some extra rum and dip into sugar mixture to coat the entire rim.
5. Pour cider into glasses and serve warm.
Apple Chips
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
2. Place apple slices on a parchment lined baking sheet (slice the apple whole, do not core).
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and bake for about 2 hours, flipping slices half way through. Watch carefully after 1 hour 30 minutes to make sure they don't burn. You want to remove them when crispy, not burnt.
4. Use as garnish with cider or eat as a snack! Keep Reading ...

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