Easy Thanksgiving dinner ideas

Whether you are spending your Thanksgiving at home or with friends on campus, you may be tasked with creating a recipe or two for Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re looking for a way to hack your holiday meal, check out these simple yet delicious recipes.

Simple corn casserole

If you are a fan of corn casserole, try out this easy five-ingredient recipe. All you’ll need is a box of corn muffin mix, a stick of melted butter, a cup of sour cream and a can of creamed corn and kernel corn. Mix all of the ingredients together and transfer the mixture into a baking dish. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the top is golden brown and the mixture is fully cooked.

Turkey sliders

If you are looking for a way to bring the family turkey to your dorm, or if you just want to find a way to use that leftover turkey in your fridge, look no further than turkey sliders. Grab a package of Hawaiian rolls, your leftover or store bought turkey, your favorite holiday spread and a package of cheese. Start by cutting your rolls in half so that there is a top and a bottom. Place the bottom of the rolls on a pan, then spread your favorite condiment over it in a thin layer. Some ideas for condiments could be cranberry sauce, gravy or even simply mustard. Place the sliced turkey on top of the spread, then place a slice of cheese over the turkey. Finish off by placing the top of the bread on that and baking it at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Loaded sweet potato skins

Not only are these sweet potato skins simple to make, but they are delicious. After poking holes in your sweet potatoes to ensure even cooking, bake your sweet potatoes at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. After they have baked thoroughly, cut the sweet potatoes in half and gut them. Use the gutted sweet potatoes with cinnamon sugar and cream cheese, then scoop the mixture back into the skins. Add marshmallows and walnuts or pecans on top if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for an additional 10-15 minutes and serve warm.

Roasted vegetables

Chop up the vegetables of your choice. Some options include broccoli, carrots, squash, zucchini and turnips. Combine equal parts of honey or the sweetener of your choice and Dijon mustard with salt and pepper. Use the mixture as a glaze on your chopped veggies. Bake the vegetables in the oven at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until desired texture is achieved.

Apple pie bites

Making an apple pie from scratch can be a long, tiring process. While those homemade crunchy pie crusts are delicious, the act of actually making them is difficult, especially in a dorm room setting. If you have access to an oven but want a cheat code for your apple pie, consider making apple pie bites. For this recipe, take a package of crescent rolls and roll out each one, spreading a mixture of apple pie spice and brown sugar on each one. Optionally, add pecans to the rolls. Place an apple slice or a few apple chunks in the crescent roll, drizzle butter over the top, and roll up. Bake as directed on the crescent roll package.

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