This year the pandemic has changed the standard version of a traditional holiday. Imagine sitting next to grandma and grandpa and at the same time fearing you might infect them with the novel coronavirus.
However, if there's something Americans love more than adventure, it's enjoying home cooked meals. Moreover, fewer attendees will make this holiday feel special.
Furthermore, the invention of the crock and instant pots has made things easier. As the meal cooks, you can spend more time with your immediate family members.
Beets, Brussels and Herbed Chicken
Are you looking for a hands-off and healthy Thanksgiving meal? This meal will impress your family and leave them wanting for more.
1 whole chicken
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp kosher salt
Fresh rosemary leaves
1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
10 large Brussels sprouts
3/4lb small mixed beets
0.5 lb baby carrots
1 large red onion
4 garlic cloves
1 medium celery rib
1. In a bowl mix the freshly ground pepper, dried thyme, paprika, and kosher salt. Remove the giblets, neck from the chicken, and get rid of them.
2. Place lemon in chicken's cavity and spread all parts evenly with salt. Tuck the wing tips under the chicken and tie the legs with kitchen string.
3. In a 6-quart greased slow cooker, place garlic, onion, and celery in one layer. Arrange the remaining vegetables around the chicken while tucking some inside. Sprinkle the remaining mixture and vegetables with salt.
4. Cook on low for eight hours while covered. Remove the chicken and place in a serving dish. Cut the beets into quarters and arrange around the chicken with other vegetables. Whisk mustard into the remaining juice then season with paper and salt. Garnish using the rosemary.
Freshly ground black pepper
Half-cup warm milk
1/3 cup freshly sliced chives, and additional garnish
1 cup sour cream
½ tsp salt and some extra seasoning
4 cups chicken stock
4 lb cut and peeled into one-inch russet potatoes
These creamy mashed potatoes will get ready as you prepare other meals.
1. In a 5-quart slow cooker, cook the potatoes with chicken stock and salt. It may take up to 5 hours on low and 2 hours on high before the potatoes become tender.
2. Drain the chicken stock and put the potatoes back in the slow cooker. Add sour cream and mash to your liking. Add in milk and chives, and if necessary, add in more milk to soften.
3. Serve warm then season with pepper and salt, and garnish with chives.
Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark
Whether you prefer it as a cocktail or dessert, this tasty treat leaves you with a burst of yummy flavors. Ensure you top it with some homemade whipped cream.
Crushed candy canes
Sweetened whipped cream
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tbsp vanilla extract
¼ vodka or crème de menthe
3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 cups whole milk
1. In a 7-quart slow cooker, put in the salt, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, vodka or crème de menthe, chocolate chips, and condensed milk.
2. Cook on high for two hours while covered, mixing thoroughly halfway to ensure the chocolate melts.
3. Serve when warm and top up with the crushed candy canes and whipped cream.
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