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Thanksgiving shortcuts you like (ie stove top stuffing)

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bblonde Nov 19, 2012 12:53 PM

The one thing I can confess to liking is the green bean casserole. Not sure if I actually like it so much as it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it. Otherwise, Thanksgiving is really one meal that we utilize real recipes for everything from the rolls to the fresh cranberry sauce to the freshly whipped cream. Now that I'm spending my first Thanksgiving with my new fiance, I'm amazed that he asked for...canned corn?! I've heard of families (even some gourmande friends) who like stovetop stuffing as tradition. Just curious any other "shortcuts" you love on your Thanksgiving table.

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  1. tiffeecanoe RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 12:56 PM

    We always get a can of cranberry sauce for the sole purpose of spreading it on sandwiches the next day. It always gets opened Thanksgiving day, a little scoop will be missing from it and it gets put in the fridge only to be spread on the mayo for sandwiches the next day!

    1. macca RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 01:06 PM

      I serve both homemade and canned cranberry sauce.and I agree with tiffeecanoe- the canned IS good on sandwhiches. I also serve canned corn as one of the vegetables. The TJ canned corn is pretty good- and we are feeding lots of kids, and most of them like corn, if nothing else. Never stove top stuffing- it is nothing but salt!

      1. DuchessNukem RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 02:08 PM

        I make my own gravy now but I always keep a couple of emergency bottles of gravy back for those who need "gravy soup" - I mix down with my own if needed.

        1. pinehurst RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 02:23 PM

          Le Sueur tiny peas with mushrooms and onions, in the silver can. I have to get a couple of cans of those, or I get complaints.

          1. greygarious RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 02:30 PM

            Canned vegetables or Stove Top or bagged stuffing cubes: never. But canned cranberry sauce is fine by me, especially the whole berry kind for the dinner. I like Saralee Cranberry Mustard or TJ's Cranberry-Apple butter for the sandwiches.

            Costco's pumpkin pie - couldn't make it for what they charge, and it's a darn good rendition, to boot.

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              Tara57 RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 03:05 PM

              Libby's pumpkin
              Canned cranberry sauce
              Corn casserole made from -- Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, corn niblets, creamed corn, sour cream, and butter. It's the favorite of the three males in the house!

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                beanodc RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 03:47 PM

                I am about to give away the best secret of all time - refrigerated mashed potatoes with a package of Boursin cheese. You will never peel a potato for mashed potatoes ever again!

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                  justalex RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 04:00 PM

                  My 76 year old mother loves Stove Top stuffing, so Stove Top it is. I saute' lots of onions and celery to add to it and make it with chicken broth instead of water. Once it's inside the turkey and absorbs all the good juices while roasting, it's pretty darn good. A happy mom makes for a happy me and that is what Thanksgiving is all about at our table.

                  1. juliejulez RE: bblonde Nov 19, 2012 04:01 PM

                    I bought pre-made pie crust. I know pie crust isn't that hard to do but I just ran out of time, was out out of town all weekend and get to work all the way til 6pm on Wednesday. I'm already making my mom do enough slave labor during the day on Wednesday to prep everything :)

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