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Make your own Thanksgiving feast

Ashley Schleihauf | Interrobang | Lifestyles | October 8th, 2007

What better time to share recipes than Thanksgiving, when everyone is either in the kitchen cook the feast or just sitting down to enjoy it.

All of the following recipes are really easy to make and shouldn't be too expensive either, after all I have just as little money as you do. These are great for if you are staying away from home for the holidays, or ever if you're going back home. Enjoy and have a happy Thanksgiving.

Pilgram's Feast
(Makes four servings)

- 8oz. Stove Top Stuffing Mix canister (Home-style Herb or whatever flavour you like) or a 6 oz. Stove Top Stuffing Mix box.

- 1 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth

- 4 turkey breast chops

- Bisto instant gravy mix (3 tablespoons should be enough)

- 2 boxes of Betty Crocker instant mashed potatoes

- 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine

- 1 cup chopped onions

- Salt and pepper

Make sure the turkey chops are defrosted and ready to cook. Prepare the gravy as directed on the can. There are two ways you can make the turkey chops, either in the oven or in the microwave. If you want to cook them in the oven, pre-heat it to 450 degrees and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on if you like it moist or not. Don't forget to flip them half way through. Once out of the over, pour the gravy over both sides of the chops. For the microwave, put the turkey chops in a single layer on a large microwave-safe dish. Rub salt and pepper over both sides. Pour some gravy over the turkey. Heat for two-to-three minutes. Flip the turkey over and pour more gravy on it. Heat for another two-to-three minutes. Let it sit for two minutes.

Prepare the stuffing mix as directed on the box. Also prepare the chicken broth as directed on the can. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter for 15 to 20 seconds, until melted. Stir in the onion and heat for four minutes. Add the stuffing mix, chicken broth, and the rest of the butter. Cover with paper towel and heat for another three-to-four minutes. Take the bowl out of the microwave and cover with foil to keep warm. Prepare the instant massed potatoes as directed on the box. Serve the turkey alongside the stuffing, with some gravy to pour on top, add the mashed potatoes and you're all set!

When you or your family don't know what to do with all of the leftovers from you feast, here's a family tradition of mine, which tastes absolutely delicious! The best part is, you don't have to spend any more money.

Leftover Casserole

- Leftover mashed potato

- Leftover stuffing

- Leftover turkey

- Leftover gravy

Depending on how much leftovers you have will determine the size of the dish you need to use (for example a disposable lasagna pan, they have them at the dollar store). Cover the bottom of the pan with stuffing, add chunks of turkey over the stuffing, drizzle with a little gravy, add mashed potatoes, cover with more stuffing and drizzle with more gravy and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes until its heated through and the stuffing is browned.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Now it's time for some dessert. This is a simple and inexpensive dessert to make for your self or to take to your family to show them your excellent cooking abilities. Most of these ingredients can be bought at bulk barrel for really cheap.


- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

- 1/2 cup chopped nuts

- 1 tablespoon melted butter

- 1-teaspoon cinnamon

- 1/2-teaspoon ground nutmeg

- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour


- 1 pkg. yellow cake mix (2 layer size)

- 1-cup pumpkin

- 1/2-cup water

- 3 eggs

Combine crunch ingredients well. Set aside. Combine batter ingredients well. Pour half of batter into a greased 9”x13” pan. Then top with half of crunch mixture. Add remaining batter and top with rest of crunch. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool before cutting.
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