what to take to thanksgiving

Someone else volunteered to host Thanksgiving for your whole family? Score! That means less work for you. Just don't forget that it is customary to bring something along to contribute to the day. What to take to Thanksgiving is usually up to you. Here are some little or no-hassle choices that are sure to impress.

Roasted Vegetables
Peel and dice carrots or butternut squash into approximately three-inch by one-inch cubes. Toss with some minced garlic, sage, salt, pepper and a couple tablespoons of olive oil and bake at 450 degrees F until brown, approximately 30 minutes. This also works well for brussels sprouts or green beans, and you may choose to drizzle them with maple syrup instead of olive oil for a sweeter version.

what to take to thanksgiving cranberries

Cranberry Sauce
People are always really impressed when you show up with cranberry sauce not from a can. They oooh and aaaah that you went to the extra effort. It seems that a lot of people think cranberry sauce is difficult to make (probably because they're relying on an over-complicated recipe, or they've never actually tried it). To make cranberry sauce, simply boil one cup of water with one cup of sugar. Add fresh or frozen cranberries, return to a boil and simmer for about ten minutes until the cranberries burst. Voila, you're done!

Pureed Sweet Potatoes or Cauliflower
Roast or steam the vegetables and puree, adding milk and salt until you reach the desired texture and taste. These can easily be seasoned with various spices.

thanksgiving apples

Sauteed Apples or Pears with Thyme
Cut into one-inch wedges. Heat a couple tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the fruit over medium heat with a teaspoon or so of thyme for five minutes or until soft.

Centerpieces
Are your relatives insisting that you don't need to bring any food? You still shouldn't show up empty-handed. Thanksgiving centerpieces or some beautiful flowers will save you a ton of time (no prep required!) and really impress the in-laws.

If you're still contemplating what to take to Thanksgiving, consider a handmade craft or a new spin on a classic family favorite. You can never go wrong with any sort of dessert, either, since people tend to graze on those for hours…or days…after the festivities end.

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