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12 Nov 2021
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Easy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes to Cook in Your Vacation Home

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and we have extra to be thankful for this year. Being able to safely gather with family again is truly a great gift. Of course, having a delicious meal is a huge part of a fun Thanksgiving, but this can be a daunting task in a vacation home kitchen. To take the stress out of meal planning for your holiday trip, we gathered some of our favorite (and easy!) Thanksgiving recipes from our staff to assemble a fantastic family meal for your get-together.

Appetizer

-  Courtney, Website Design and IT: Sausage Balls
“Short and sweet, and yummy.”

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
    • ¾ cup Bisquick
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper onto sheet pan.
    • Mix sausage and cheddar cheese in a bowl. Mix in Bisquick. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place onto prepared baking sheet. If mix is too dry, add in 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk or water at a time.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and sausage is cooked through.
  • Tips:
    • To add a kick, add a diced jalapeno to the mix (seeded or unseeded) or spicy ground breakfast sausage (recommended Jimmy Dean, hot).
    • Recipe works great with gluten-free Bisquick and dairy-free cheese.

Sides:

- Spencer, Guest and Owner Relations: Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes 
“Simple, easy, and perfect if you love garlic. I typically use 8-10 cloves”

  • Ingredients:
    • 3 ½ pounds russet potatoes
    • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
    • 16 ounces (2 cups) half-and-half
    • 6 cloves garlic, crushed (add more if you love garlic!)
    • 6 ounces grated Parmesan
  • Instructions:
    • Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are relatively the same size. Place in a large saucepan, add the salt and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes fall apart when poked with a fork.
    • Heat the half-and-half and the garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
    • Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off the water. Mash and add the garlic-cream mixture and Parmesan; stir to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes so that mixture thickens and then serve.

- Kamille, Reservations and Marketing: Cranberry and Apple Stuffing 
“Instead of making stuffing and cranberry sauce separately, make this all-in-one stuffing! Use the tips to save on buying extra ingredients!”

  • Ingredients:
    • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
    • 2 cups chopped celery
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 2 medium apples, chopped
    • 1 bag (6 ounces) dried cranberries
    • 1 teaspoon Parsley
    • 1 teaspoon Rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon Thyme
    • 6 cups dry bread cubes (use croutons for flavor!)
    • 1 can (14 and ½ ounces) chicken broth
    • 1 cup apple juice
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 325°F. Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in apples, cranberries, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
    • Place bread cubes in large bowl. Add celery mixture, broth, and apple juice; toss gently until well mixed. Spoon into lightly greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Cover with foil.
    • Bake 15 minutes. Remove foil; bake additional 20 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.
  • Tips:
    • Use a blended “Italian Seasoning” instead of buying multiple seasonings
    • Use seasoned croutons for the bread
    • Replace cranberries with blueberries for a sweeter flavor

Main Course:

- Cole Macias, Director of Operations: Baked Ham 
“It is easier to prep than turkey and less chance of drying out. Plus you don’t need gravy with ham!”

  • Ingredients:
    • 15 lbs whole bone-in ham
    • 1 lb brown sugar
    • ½ cup yellow mustard
    • Aluminum foil
  • Directions:
    • In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix yellow mustard and brown sugar until you have a thick "paste".
    • Take all wrappers off of ham and trim away excess fat.
    • Line baking pan (I spray with Pam in case some of the brown sugar mixture escapes, clean-up is easier) with Aluminum foil.
    • Place ham on foil and spread brown sugar/mustard paste on top.
    • Fold and seal foil. Do not open again until ham is done.
    • Bake at 350° for 4 hours.
    • Let sit for about 1 hour then carve.
  • Tips:
    • Use Dijon or Honey mustard for added flavor! 

Dessert:

-  Ashley Kubiszyn, CEO: Pumpkin Dump Cake 
“Here’s my fav Thanksgiving dessert. It’s ridiculously easy and, unlike other baked goods, shouldn’t be impacted by the altitude.”

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 can (29 oz.) pure pumpkin
    • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 box (15.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
    • ¾ cup melted butter
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    • In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and cinnamon until well mixed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
    • Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the batter. Pour the melted butter over the top. Sprinkle with pecans.
    • Bake for 50 minutes.
    • Allow the cake to cool 10 minutes before serving