Whether this is your first Thanksgiving dinner or one of many that you’ve already been able to pull off with your family, sometimes it’s good to incorporate new traditions and maybe try new recipes too. Turkey and cranberry sauce is a given but when was the last time you had some ‘turkey toes’ to give away as dessert or party favors? There are quite a few creative twists you can put on dinner with the family on the holiday. Here MommyNoire presents fun ideas for Thanksgiving Day.
Pumpkin Ice Bucket
Those pumpkins that went on sale after Halloween? Grab one of them from the grocery store and carve it open to create a special ice bucket for Thanksgiving Day. Cut off the top, scoop out the seeds and add ice.
Thanksgiving Cookie Favors
One sweet idea is handing out favors to your dinner guests after the meal. These tagged bunches of cookies would be the perfect treat for them to enjoy the next day.
You let your kids go overboard with the treat-or-treating last month and now you have all this candy corn lying around. Grab some small plastic bags or sandwich bags and tag them as ‘turkey toes.’ It’ll be a sweet treat to send the younger relatives home with and you spread the sugar intake out a bit — beyond your own household. Win-win!
You’ve heard of Bloomin’ Onions we’re sure — try some Bloomin’ Apples at the house this Turkey Day. The Gunny Sack recipe here serves four people, takes 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to make. And it’s easier than whipping up a whole apple pie or two from scratch!
- 2 Honeycrisp apples (or other crisp apples)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar, packed
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 4 caramels
- Optional toppings: vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and cinnamon
What to Do
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- To get the blooming apple look, you need to cut the apples. Slice off the top ¼ to ⅓ of the apples. Scoop out the core. I don’t have an apple corer so I used my metal ½ teaspoon measuring spoon. Then, use a thin knife to make two, deep circular cuts around the center of the apple. Next, turn the apple over and make narrow cuts all the way around the apple. Flip it back over and you can see all of the cuts.
- Place the apples in an oven safe dish and put two caramels into the center of each apple.
- Heat butter and brown sugar in the microwave for 30 second, stir and continue heating for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir in flour and cinnamon. Divide the mixture over the top of the two sliced apples.
- Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. (Check apples after 25 minutes and continue cooking until tender. Some apples can take 45 min to 1 hour to soften.)
- Remove from the oven and use a large spoon to move the apples into bowls.
- Top with a scoop of ice cream, drizzle with caramel and sprinkle with cinnamon. The ice cream will cause the caramel in the center to harden so eat quickly or put the ice cream scoop on the side.
Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
Don’t flip out just yet — these Pumpkin Deviled Eggs don’t actually have pumpkin in them. Prepare this traditional appetizer as you normally would, then score the filling and add paprika for color. Finish it off by tacking a small chive on top for the ‘pumpkin stem.’ Small twist to an old favorite.
Tired of chasing the kids out of the kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner is served? Put them to work on some crafts while they munch on these Turkey Pretzels that you had prepped and ready from the previous night (courtesy of Candiquik), you smart mom, you…
What You Need
- 1 (16 oz.) package of Chocolate CANDIQUIK Candy Coating
- Ritz crackers
- 1 bag candy corn
- Pretzel rods
- Heart sprinkles
- confetti sprinkles, white
- Edible marker in black (i.e. Gourmet Writer)
- optional: nonpareil sprinkles
- Melt Chocolate CANDIQUIK in tray according to directions on package.
- Dip the tops of the crackers in Chocolate CANDIQUIK and place on wax paper. Before dry, attach 4 pieces of candy corn near the top edge of each cracker. Let set.
- Dip ¾ of each pretzel rod in the Chocolate CANDIQUIK, allow excess coating to drip off, then press and hold the pretzel rod against the cracker until secure.
- Before pretzel is completely dry, press one candy corn on the pretzel rod as the nose, holding in place until secure.
- Sprinkle nonpareils near the bottom of the pretzel if desired.
- Press two white confetti sprinkles on the pretzel rod as the eyes and press a heart sprinkle (upside-down) below the candy corn nose (be careful not to touch the chocolate coating).
- Finally, add two black dots on the eyes with the edible marker.
Turkey Juice Box
For the smaller kids, it would be a great idea to gift them with small things throughout the night. We always mentioned the Turkey Toes and Pretzels — now give their juice boxes a little panache. Wrap each one with a piece of brown construction paper, add beady eyes from your local craft store. Then an orange beak and red wattle below the eyes — don’t forget the multicolored ‘feathers’ on the back side!