Thanksgiving Recipes

Ham in the Instant Pot.
Cooking a ham for the holidays?
Now you can have the ham ready in less than an hour and your oven free for other dishes.
7-10 lb ham (precooked, spiral cut, if bigger, fit to fit your instant pot) (I actually used a bigger ham, but cut to fit)
Cooking oil
1 c Brown sugar/maple syrup
1 c pineapple juice
2 T corn starch

Spray Instant Pot with cooking oil.
Put pineapple juice and ham into pot.
Rub brown sugar then pour maple syrup over ham.
Seal lid.
Pressure Cook for 20 minutes.
Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release.
Remove and cover ham to keep hot.
Whisk corn starch in pot drippings.
Use Saute mode until sauce boils and thickens, stirring frequently.
Pour over ham.

 (Falls off the bones, Juicy)
Cook uncovered 375° for 1 hour.
Then cook 100-200° for every pound of turkey.
i.e. 20 pounds = 20 hours
Last couple of hours will have some give.
Half-way through, I drape 1 lb of bacon over the turkey.
(It cooks to a fine crisp, can add to stuffing or meat.)
I do not sleep well when I cook this through the night.
I feel like I must check on the turkey (but really don’t need to).
I’ve done this several days before Thanksgiving, and placed on
platter to reheat when needed. This frees up my oven for
other things. (But then I miss the turkey smell on Thanksgiving.)

Butterhorn Rolls
1 T sugar
1 T yeast
1 c warm water
Dissolve yeast and sugar in water.
3 eggs
½ c oil
1 t salt
½ c sugar
Mix eggs, oil, salt and sugar.
Add yeast mixture.
Add 4 ½ c flour and mix well. Refrigerate overnight.
Divide dough in half. Roll out 2 circles. Brush tops with melted butter.
Cut each circle into 16 wedge-shaped pieces. Roll wedges up into a crescent shape, beginning at wide end.
Let rise on greased pan in a warm place 3-4 hours. (I've found 1 hour works fine.)
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Yields 32 rolls.

Frozen Cranberry Salad
1 lb cranberries, chopped (I use a mixer)
2 c crushed pineapple, drained
1 c miniature marshmallows
½ c walnuts, chopped
2 c sugar
1 pt Cool Whip
Mix cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows, nuts and sugar until sugar dissolves.
Fold in Cool Whip.
Thaw one hour before eating.
(I make enough batches at once for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.)  

Sweet Potato Crunch
Yam Filling:
3 c mashed yams*
1 c sugar
½ c butter, melted
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/3 c milk
1 c brown sugar
½ c butter, melted
1/3 c flour
1 c chopped walnuts
Mix filling ingredients with mixer till smooth.
Put in baking dish. Top with topping; it will be crumbly.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
(I make in bulk and freeze in ziplock bags for each meal – Thanksgiving and Christmas and extra meals. If you plan on freezing, place the filling and topping in separate bags.)
*You can use canned yams or bake whole yams at 350 until soft.

Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken
Panfried Fish (Keto)
Philly Cheesesteaks
Poorman's version of 
Philly Cheesesteaks
Calico Beans
Green Bean Salad
Cranberry Tea
Hot Apple Cider
Hot Chocolate Mix
Chai Tea Mix
Spiced Cranberry Cider
Cucumber Limeade Punch
Gammy's Shrimp Salad
Pound Cakes
   7 UP Pound Cake
   Lemon and Blueberry
Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini Pie
Mexican Squash
Cheesy Squash
Stir Fry Zucchini
Zucchini Bread
Squash Boats
BBQ Squash
Squash Pickles
Thanksgiving Recipes
Turkey, falls off bone, juicy
Butterhorn Rolls
Frozen Cranberry Salad
Sweet Potato Crunch
Christmas Breads
Lemon Bread
Pumpkin Bread
Banana Bread
Cranberry Nut Bread
Glazed Lemon Bread
Pistachio Bread
Poppy Seed Bread
Zucchini Bread
Dill Pickle Soup
Potato and Hamburger Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Soup
Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole
Egg Bite Mold
   Egg Bites
   Pancake Bites
   Pineapple Upside Down Bites
   Cheesecake Bites
   Brownie Bites
   Keto French Toast
Main Meals
Mexican Spaghetti
Party Time
   BBQ Beef and Cheese
   Sloppy Joey
Dan’s Grilled Chicken
BBQ Meat Balls
Cowboy Caviar
Camping Tin Foil Recipes
Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches
Philly Beef and Cheese Sandwich Loaf
Chicken Mexican Style
Pizza Burritos
Omelets in a Bag
Campfire Cones
Bananas in a Boat
Campfire Popcorn
Ice Cream in a Bag
Snacks and Appetizers
Rosemary Nuts
Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa
   Soft Carmel
   Peanut Butter
   Sour Cream and Onion
   Nach Cheese "Dorritors"
Sugar Cookies
Poppy Seed Nut Slices
French Butter Wafers
Benne Cakes
Need Cookies Fast?
Lemon Cookies
Butter Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cake Box Cookies
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dumpy Cake
Pineapple Cake
Making Mustards
Dijon-style Mustard
Spiced German Mustard
Need Soap
Gifts to Make
Bubble Bath
Body Wash
Shower Gel
Facial Scrubs
   Rosemary Mint Sugar and Salt
   Warm Vanilla
   Pepper and Mint
   Sugar and Olive Oil
   Brown Sugar

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