Fake a homemade Thanksgiving dinner

It’s Thanksgiving morning and you wake up before your alarm.

Or so you thought, before rolling over and seeing that now you only have a few rushed hours to have a Thanksgiving dinner ready before your parents arrive or the kids start complaining.

Never fear it is possible with a few easy tricks, and it will taste like you made everything from scratch.

The end result, sitting down to a hot meal on Thanksgiving.  Photo by Brad Holt available under a Creative Commons license.

The end result, sitting down to a hot meal on Thanksgiving. Photo by Brad Holt available under a Creative Commons license.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, grab yourself a turkey breast- this can be found at any supermarket- and rub it down with some french onion soup mix, making sure to get under the skin as well. Next, wrap the turkey breast in some aluminum foil, stick in a roasting pan and bake for about 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Then it’s on to your sides.

Packages of french fried onions often have a recipe for green bean casserole that can be cooked at the same temperature as your turkey and completed in about 40 minutes.

Potatoes are easy to fake. Just use instant mashed potatoes, and instead of using water or milk, substitute chicken broth for a delicious change. To help improve your canned gravy, add a pinch of poultry seasoning and some of the drippings from your turkey.

Store stuffing can be easily doctored by adding a cup of raisins and replacing the liquid with apple juice.

Dinner is just about done, all that’s needed now is to slice your canned cranberry jelly and cook-up some freezer vegetables. Canned can be used as well, but frozen vegetables commonly have more color to them.

Lastly, have your guest supply dessert, or even grab a pie from your local grocery bakery.

Christina Stoutenburg

Staff Writer


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