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Easy Family Recipes for Thanksgiving with Little Prep Time

I know that Thanksgiving day, and even the days leading up to it, can be hectic. There’s a ton of preparation for the family gathering. There are decorations, making sure we don’t sit your weird Uncle Mel next to odd cousin Steve, etc. As the day approaches, we need easy family recipes for side dishes that don’t take a lot of time to cook, but look and taste great. Anything to make those last few days go a little easier is definitely appreciated.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I know growing up, my family’s Thanksgiving dinner always included sweet potatoes. I remember seeing those orange potatoes swimming in melted marshmallow. It was glorious. If you want something similar, the try out some mashed sweet potatoes.

Simply boil the potatoes until they’re tender and mashable. Drain the potatoes and put them to the side. Place back on the stove top on medium heat. Start the sweetness off by adding a sliced banana to the pot and about ½ a stick of butter. Mmmmm, I can taste it now. Let that cook for about five minutes and then add the juice of a single orange, but keep the zest to the side. Let the juice evaporate and then add the potatoes, ½ cup of brown sugar and a cup of chicken stock. Grab your mixer and let it fly until it’s all nice and blended. Add the orange zest for garnish and add salt and pepper to taste.

Glazed Pearl Onions

Few people think that eating an onion by itself is a yummy snack and while this may be true of a Vidalia, it’s not of the tasty pearl onion. This is such an easy and quick recipe. It not only tastes great, but has a great presentation as well.

Start off by heating about 3 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add a pound of thawed and dry pearl onions. If they are wet or frozen, then there is chance of popping oil and getting burned. Dry them off with a paper towel before placing them in the skillet. Let the onions brown, making sure to move them around the pan and keep them from sticking. Take about 2 teaspoons of sugar and sprinkle it over the onions to give them a sweet flavor and begin the caramelizing process. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste and then add about 2/3 of a cup of water to keep everything moist. Continue to cook until the water is evaporated and the onions are soft.

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