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Food Ideas to Liven up One’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Every Thanksgiving, the same foods appear on the dining table. These foods may include the infamous oven-baked turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and an assortment of casserole dishes. These dishes are part of tradition and will continue to be, but one can spice up Thanksgiving dinner with a couple of different dishes. I made these recipes myself to share with you.

Paprika Skillet Potatoes

One side dish to liven up your Thanksgiving dinner is Paprika Skillet Potatoes. This dish requires 15 minutes of preparation time and 10 minutes of cooking time. Furthermore, these skillet potatoes serve four people.

To make this dish, cut the potatoes into cubes, place in a large saucepan, and cover with water. Cook potatoes over medium heat for about five minutes and then drain the pan. Next, heat oil in a medium, nonstick skillet over medium heat; add potatoes, green onions, and garlic. Sprinkle it with salt, paprika, and pepper. Last, turn the potatoes occasionally with a spatula, until potatoes are golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Banana-Nut Muffins

Thanksgiving dinner typically has an assortment of breads and muffins that family members steal and eat before the dinner even begins. These assortments usually include cornbread muffins or rolls. However, a good alternative or addition to these may be Banana-Nut Muffins. These muffins are very simple, and they require 10 minutes of preparation time and 15 minutes of cooking time. This recipe makes 12 muffins.

To make Banana-Nut Muffins, first preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Next, sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Then, make a well in the center. In a small bowl, mix milk, egg, oil, banana, and walnuts together. Pour the mixture into the well. Mix batter well, but do not over mix. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan, and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Meringue Kisses

After all of the breads, meats, casseroles, and other side dishes, it is time for dessert! Pumpkin Pie always makes an appearance on the dining room table; however, another dessert could possibly be Meringue Kisses. These need 20 minutes of preparation time and 20 minutes of cooking time. This recipe makes 24 Meringue Kisses.

First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, beat two egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer set on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar, salt, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Then, beat on high speed, adding sugar gradually until stiff peaks form. Drop spoonfuls on a prepared baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and set. Cool on a baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

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