The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially started. The holiday is known not only for giving thanks but also for overeating. With a few days to still prepare, we put together a list of recipes for a full course Thanksgiving meal that will impress anyone at family gatherings or Friendsgiving.
Thanksgiving Turkey-Shaped Cheese Platter Appetizer
By: Melanie Cooks
- 6 oz Ritz crackers
- 3 oz Swiss cheese slices
- 5 oz Cheddar cheese slices
- 4 oz Salami slices
- 2 chocolate chips
- Prepare a large plate or a tray, at least 16 inches in diameter.
- Cut out the turkey head, body and feet from the cheddar cheese slice and arrange on the bottom of the tray as shown on the picture. Add the chocolate chips for the eyes. Cut out the small triangle for the beak out of the Swiss cheese and add to the turkey head. Cut out of the small stripe for the beard from the salami slice and add to the turkey head.
- If your cheese slices are large size, cut them into quarters.
- Arrange the Salami slices around the turkey head and body as shown on the picture. The Salami slices should partially go under the turkey and should overlap each other.
- Arrange the Swiss cheese slices in an overlapping manner around the turkey, and have them partially go under the Salami slices as shown on the picture.
- Arrange another layer of Salami slices to go partially under the Swiss slices and overlap each other.
- Arrange the Cheddar cheese slices around Salami, to go partially under the Salami slices and overlap each other.
- Arrange the Ritz crackers around the Cheddar cheese slices, putting them partially under the Cheddar cheese as shown on the picture.
- Arrange the 2nd overlapping layer of Ritz crackers around the turkey.
Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
- 2 14-ounce packages frozen meatballs (if using homemade, about 55-60 small)
- 1 14-ounce can whole cranberry sauce
- 1 17-ounce bottle spicy barbecue sauce
- Combine sauces over medium heat in a large deep skillet and cook until bubbly.
- Add meatballs in a single layer and stir to coat completely. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until meatballs are heated through; about 15 minutes for frozen.
- Remove cover and continue to cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced and completely coating the meatballs.
- Serve on their own as an appetizer, or as a main dish over rice.
- For slow cooker method, place meatballs in the slow cooker and pour sauces over. Stir ingredients together and cook on low for a few hours or until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving.