Traditions can be nice, but you know what else is? Breaking the rules! Who says Thanksgiving has to include hours of prepping the same ol’ bird and fixings? If you’re looking for a low-key holiday with just-as-tasty noms, here are a few delicious and very sharable suggestions for you! These recipes are perfect for those of you who aren’t crazy about cooking, but they are still certain to impress.
What’s on the menu in this post? A sweet and scrumptious Pumpkin Fluff Dip, a refreshing Mulled Cranberry Cocktail, and Sweet Potato Tots with Meatless Meatballs dipped in Gravy Fondue! Sound good? Let’s get cookin’!
Pumpkin Fluff Dip
From All Recipes. Serves the whole shebang, about 4 cups of dip.
1 (16-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (15-ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1. In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
2. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping.
3. Refrigerate until served!
4. Accept many compliments.
3-4 medium-sized yams
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
Oil for frying
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the yams with their peels still on and boil for about 10-15 minutes. If you boil them for too long, they will become too soft to grate! When ready, transfer out of the water and cool before grating.
2. Peel potatoes.
3. Using either a hand grater or the shredding attachment on a food processor (recommended!) shred enough sweet potatoes to make about three cups.
4. If your grated yam seems to be very moist, press them in between paper towels to absorb moisture. This will help them stick together.
5. Combine shreds with flour, cheese, and salt. Mix well to combine.
6. Measuring about 1 tablespoon at a time, portion out your tots, and form into tater logs.
7. Fry on the stove top until golden brown, or on an oiled pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 350°F.
No recipe here, we just recommend serving your gravy in a fondue pot! Not only will this keep the gravy warm for as long as your get-together lasts, it looks way cool. It also makes for easy dipping of your sweet potato tater tots, and meatless meatballs!
Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
From Martha Stewart. Serves a small soiree, about 4 people.
1 quart cranberry juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the juice, cinnamon stick, and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, ground cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of water and heat over medium-low heat. Gently stir until the cranberries pop and are well coated with the mixture. Set aside.
3. When cool enough to handle, thread 3-4 berries on decorative toothpicks or skewers. Pour the mulled cranberry juice among the mugs and garnish with a cranberry swizzle.
All of these recipes can be easily altered to fit your preferences. If you want some meat in your meatless meatballs, use turkey meatballs. If you are vegan, you can substitute silky tofu for the whipped topping in the pumpkin fruit dip.
Do you have an unconventional Thanksgiving recipe you love?