Whether you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu or looking ahead to Christmas, you can’t go wrong with easy classic holiday recipes to serve at home or bring to a holiday gathering.
According to a recent online survey conducted for Country Crock, turkey is the favorite item on the Thanksgiving menu, with 41 percent of those surveyed naming turkey as the top Thanksgiving food.
Stuffing is the second most popular dish, favored by 22 percent — more loved than sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes combined. If you’re serving potatoes, go for mashed since 63 percent prefer mashed potatoes over baked, roasted, scalloped, twice-baked or boiled potatoes.
The one dish you might not know your guests want is macaroni and cheese. Forty-seven percent of people would skip the squash or green bean casserole in favor of macaroni and cheese and 50 percent would add mac and cheese to their holiday table.
Don’t forget the pie. Forty-two percent prefer pumpkin pie, while 19 percent would rather have apple pie. In another recent survey, recent survey, Crisco learned that people love pie with 96 percent responding they plan to eat pie during the holidays.
Pie bakers face some challenges making this delicious dessert at home, saying the hardest parts are: making the crust from scratch (52%), knowing exactly how long to bake it (20%) and perfecting the filling (18%).
The Crisco Pie & Baking Hotline (1-877-367-7438) is back this year to help home bakers master their desserts and restore baking confidence. Celebrating its tenth year for the on-call support, this is the first year the hotline will be available online so home bakers can chat with experts in real-time.
These timeless recipes will make your holiday meal planning easy and fun, whether you’re cooking for the family, hosting a crowd or bringing a dish to a holiday gathering.
Holiday Roasted Turkey
Recipe Serves: 12
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 2 hr 15 min
Stand Time 20 min
10 lbs. fresh whole turkey or frozen thawed whole turkey
1/2 cup Country Crock Spread
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
3/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Remove giblets from turkey cavity and rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry with paper towels.
2. Microwave remaining ingredients in small microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 10 seconds or until Spread is melted; stir. Starting at cavity opening, gently loosen skin on turkey and evenly spread 1/2 of the mixture under skin, then spread remaining over outside of turkey.
3. Arrange turkey breast side up in large roasting pan with rack. Roast 15 minutes. Decrease oven to 350 F and roast an additional 2 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of the thigh reaches 165 F. Let stand covered loosely with aluminum foil 20 minutes before carving.
Apple-Pecan Holiday Stuffing
1/4 cup Country Crock Spread
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 Gala apple or golden delicious, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz.) fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup apple cider
1 package (12 oz.) seasoned cube stuffing mix or unseasoned
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)
1. Melt Country Crock Spread in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook onion and celery, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir apple and cook, stirring occasionally, until apple is tender, about 4 minutes.
2. Stir in broth and apple cider. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and stir in stuffing mix until moistened. Garnish with pecans and parsley.
Macaroni & Cheese
Recipe Serves: 4
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 15 min
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
2 Tbsp. Country Crock Spread
4 tsp. all-purpose flour
12 slices 2% American cheese, cut into thin strips
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
8 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
1. Whisk milk, Country Crock Spread and flour in medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
2. Remove from heat, then stir in cheese and seasoned salt until cheese is melted. Let stand covered 2 minutes. Stir just until smooth. Stir in macaroni.
Country Crock Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Yukon Gold potatoes are perfect to use in this creamy mashed potatoes side dish.
Recipe Serves: 4
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 25 min
3 medium potatoes (about 1-1/4 lbs.), peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup Country Crock Spread
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1. Cover potatoes with water in 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until potatoes are very tender, about 15 minutes; drain.
2. Return potatoes to saucepan; mash. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Country Crock Buttery Compound Garlic ‘N Herb Spread
Makes 1/2 cup
Prep Time 5 min
Freeze Time 1 hr
1/2 cup Country Crock Spread
2 Tbsp. chopped assorted fresh herbs, (parsley, thyme and rosemary)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1. Combine Country Crock Spread, herbs and garlic in small bowl.
2. Spoon mixture into small cup. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 week.
TIP: Delicious on grilled or roasted seafood, steak, chicken or pork chops or tossed with sautéed mushrooms, green beans or grape tomatoes. Try on slices of warm French bread or as a topping for baked potatoes or stirred into mashed potatoes.
Crock Pumpkin Pie
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 1/2 cups milk
Flaky Pie Crust*
1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Combine sugar, salt and spices in small bowl; set aside.
3. Beat eggs with pumpkin with electric mixer, then beat in sugar mixture. Slowly add milk. Pour into Flaky Pie Crust.
4. Bake 15 minutes. Decrease oven temperature to 350 F and bake 45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. If crust is browning too quickly, cover edges with aluminum foil.
5. Cool on wire rack 2 hours. Chill, if desired.
* For Flaky Pie Crust, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1-1/2 tsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp. salt in medium bowl. Blend in 6 Tbsp. Country Crock Spreadable Sticks with pastry blender or two knives to form coarse crumbs. Add 2 to 3 Tbsp. ice water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, and mix with fork until dough forms. Knead dough with lightly floured hands until mixture forms a ball. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface from center to edges, forming a 12-inch circle. Press into 9-inch pie plate. Fill.
Don’t forget the leftovers. Here’s a great leftover recipe from Country Crock that will become a favorite with your family.
Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole
3 Tbsp. Country Crock Spread
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 package (10 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups leftover cut-up cooked turkey
1 package Knorr Roasted Turkey gravy mix, prepared according to package directions
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Cook onion in Country Crock Spread in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add vegetables and turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in prepared gravy and cranberries.
3. Evenly spread vegetable mixture into 8-inch baking dish, then top with mashed potatoes. Bake 15 minutes or until heated through. Serve, if desired, with additional Gravy.
The Country Crock survey also found:
- 55% are likely to post photos of their favorite Thanksgiving dish on social media
- 53% of respondents expect 10 or more people at their Thanksgiving meal
- 74% involve either their family, kids, friends and/or guests in the cooking and baking process
- 44% of people attend two or more Thanksgivings per year
- 60% indicated that their stress was food related, demonstrating the need for easy, go-to recipes
- 64% ask a guest to bring one or more dishes to pass
- 96% plan to eat leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal in the days following the holiday
- 79% of Thanksgiving hosts spent two or more days preparing for Thanksgiving
- 53% of respondents are hosting 10 or more guests for Thanksgiving
- 58% plan to include extended family at their Thanksgiving celebration
- One in three plan to have friends attend
A few more fun pie findings from the Crisco survey include:
- 40% say pie is their favorite holiday dessert
- 24% prefer cake over pie while 23 percent choose cookies
- 94% plan to eat at least one slice of pie at Thanksgiving
- 71% plan to enjoy a second serving of pie
- 82% prefer sweet pies over savory pies
You’ll find many other favorite Crisco pie recipes, tips for making the perfect pie crust and a link to chat live online with baking experts at the Crisco website.
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