Need help planning Thanksgiving Dinner? Here’s our Recipe Guide!

Hello to the beautiful days of fall. Trees change color, and the weather is not too hot or too cold. It’s also the time for snuggling next to the fireplace with some hot chocolate!

What’s even more inviting is the Thanksgiving food favorites that you’ll be able to devour such as the famous Thanksgiving Turkey, the stuffing, trimmings, and a dessert.

Now, ready your ingredients and let’s get cooking together with your Lakeland professional carpet cleaning experts!

Turkey

This Thanksgiving staple is the highlight of your centerpiece!

Once you have prepared your Turkey and your seasonings, follow these steps:

  • Stuff the cavity with halved garlic heads, lemon slice (optional) and sprigs of herbs to infuse flavour into the turkey from the inside with the heat of the oven.
  • Before roasting, slather it with garlic herb butter all over and under the skin to help retain all of the juices. I find melted butter works better to get all of those flavours evenly over the bird.
  • Roast the turkey, breast-side down, uncovered, at 390°F (200°C) for fan forced ovens, or 425°F (220°C for standard ovens for 30 minutes. (For a turkey over 15 pounds, you will need 45 minutes.)

After, you may proceed to baste and estimate the cooking time of your Turkey, depending on its size. Serve to your guests and enjoy this classic meal!

Among others, no Thanksgiving is complete without stuffing! To whip up an easy but delicious stuffing recipe, here’s what your local affordable carpet cleaning professionals have in store for you!

Stuffing

For those who want a ton of flavor and want to make their stuffing herb and buttery, here is our own little twist on the recipe:

  • Cut 1 ½ pounds of bread into cubes, place it in a large baking dish, loosely tent with foil and let it sit overnight. You can also cut the cubes and put them in the oven, toasting them at 350 degrees F, until they are like croutons, about 15 minutes or so. Or, you can buy toasted bread in the store! It really boils down to preference.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a 9×13 baking dish with melted butter, olive oil or spray with nonstick spray. Place the bread in a large mixing bowl (this may be easier for you to stir!) or the baking dish that you will bake it in.
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the onion, celery and garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper – at least ½ to 1 teaspoon each. Cook until the onions and celery soften, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the sage, parsley and rosemary. Cook for another minute. Stir in 1 cup of stock
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the remaining 1 ½ cups stock and 2 eggs.
  • Pour that mixture into the bread cubes and stir and fold the bread cubes until thoroughly combined. Bake the stuffing for 45 to 50 minutes, until the internal temperature registers 160 degrees F.

After the stuffing has begun to brown, you may now tent the foil. This twist on the stuffing recipe will truly make your guests recreate this as well!

Trimmings

We’d like to say that trimmings will always be the “essential” in every Thanksgiving celebration. Below, we’re going to share recipes for potatoes, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls!

Potatoes

  • Place the quarter-cut potatoes in a large saucepan; add enough water to cover. Add 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover loosely and boil gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes break apart easily when pierced with a fork. Drain well.
  • Return potatoes to saucepan; shake saucepan gently over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes to evaporate any excess moisture.
  • Mash potatoes with potato masher until no lumps remain. Add butter, pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; continue mashing, gradually adding enough milk to make potatoes smooth and creamy.

Transfer it to a bowl and it’s ready to serve!

Cranberry Sauce

This tside is the perfect Turkey Partner! Drizzle it on top and you’ve got a plate bursting with flavors! Peek the recipe below:

  • Empty a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries into a saucepan and transfer 1/2 cup to a small bowl.
  • Add 1 cup sugar, 1 strip orange or lemon zest and 2 tablespoons water to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, about 12 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the reserved cranberries. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and cool to room temperature before serving.

Serve in a bowl and drizzle away!

Dinner Rolls

Freshly-baked and fluffy dinner rolls can bind your whole Thanksgiving food experience! See our recipe below:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup water, oil, sugar, and yeast. Let sit until yeast is bubbly (about 8 minutes). Stir in beaten egg softened butter and salt.
  • With a stand mixer or by hand, add flour, one cup at a time until you have a soft dough that isn’t sticky. Knead by hand for 10 minutes or 5 minutes with a stand mixer.
  • Divide dough into 18 even pieces, and form into balls. Place in a greased pan and cover with parchment paper and a kitchen towel.
  • Let rise for 10 minutes in a warm place. (You can allow them to rise up to an additional 30 minutes if time allows).
  • Lightly brush with milk and bake on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes or just until browned.

Now, you’ll be having the best dinner rolls in your party!

Dessert

In a celebration like Thanksgiving, no one will be skipping on dessert! For this category, we’ll be sharing the recipe of the famous Pumpkin Pie! Read on below:

  • Mix together ¾ cups sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 can of pumpkin, 1 ¼ cups of evaporated milk (or half and half), and 2 eggs, beaten.
  • Heat the oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients. Pour into pie crust.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 2 hours. Serve or refrigerate until serving time. Store in the refrigerator.

Serve and enjoy this filling dessert!

Ready Your Home for Thanksgiving

You’re all set for your Thanksgiving spread, but have you thought about elevating the look of your home’s interior? Having a clean and pristine look inside your home will truly seal the deal of the perfect Thanksgiving experience, to the delight of your guests!

Local carpet cleaning professionals at Frog’s Floor Care are more than willing to be your cleaning partner and elevate the look of your floors and upholstery. Give them a call today!