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

Side Dish: Whiskey-Glazed Carrots
Ree Drummond of

1 stick butter, divided
2 pounds (to 3 Pounds) carrots, peeled and cut into thick circles
1/2 cup Jack Daniels or other whiskey
3/4 cups (to 1 cup) brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon (to 1 teaspoon) salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add carrots in two batches, cooking for 60-90 seconds each batch. Remove from skillet.
2. Pour in whiskey and allow to evaporate 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium, and add remaining butter. When butter melts, sprinkle brown sugar over the top. Stir together, then add carrots to skillet. Cover, and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
3. Remove lid and add salt and pepper. Continue cooking until carrots are done and glaze is thick, about 5 more minutes.
4. Pour onto a platter and serve immediately. Sprinkle with chopped chives if desired.
5. Stick a serving spoon in the mix, and it's time to serve 'em up.

Side Dish: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
By Robyn Stone of

5 pounds Russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 stick butter, melted + 2 tablespoons cut into pieces
¾ cup half and half
cloves from about 2 bulbs of roasted garlic
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1½ teaspoons freshly ground pepper

1. Place potatoes into large saucepan and add enough water to cover, plus about 1 inch. Cook over medium-low heat until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter, add half and half and roasted garlic. Heat until simmering.
3. Drain potatoes and pour potatoes back into saucepan used to cook them. Mash potatoes over low heat until smooth. Add the melted butter and half and half mixture to potatoes. Continue to mash the potatoes until creamy. Then, mix well with a wooden spoon until light, fluffy and smooth. Stir in salt and pepper.
4. Pour potatoes into a serving bowl for serving.
5. Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare mashed potatoes and pour into a casserole dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil or a lid and refrigerate until about 20 minutes before ready to serve. Then, place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
6. When you remove from the oven, top with remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, if desired.
7. Serve warm. Keep Reading ...