Yes, from scratch just about always tastes better than what you can get from a can. But ya’ll, I’m going to be real with you. Before you judge –either me for sounding all Martha Stewart or yourself for not cooking more food from scratch — relax. I am the mama of two small boys. I KNOW how hard it can be to cook everything from scratch and how easy it is sometimes to just open and can and call it dinner.
If you are a busy home cook like me, for the sake of your sanity I don’t encourage you to cook every single menu item for your Thanksgiving feast from scratch. Pick one of these Thanksgiving recipes, if you can. Make it a day or two ahead of time, store it in the fridge, and cook it the day of. But PLEASE, don’t beat yourself up if your stuffing comes from a box.
Seriously, if you aren’t making your own chicken broth, you should be. It can be a big money saver at the grocery store. It’s just a matter of boiling some chicken bones and vegetables for a few hours. You can set it, forget it, come back in a few hours and it’s done.
Homemade cranberry sauce is juicy and fruity. Plus, it doesn’t have those weird lines from the can. The alcohol from the wine burns off as you cook it on the stove, so there should be no issues with you getting any underage family members intoxicated.
Green Bean Casserole
It’s not Thanksgiving without green bean casserole, right? This recipe does require a little more work than dumping a couple cans into a casserole dish and pouring another can of French fried onions over top. But honestly, it doesn’t require that much more work. And believe me when I say, the little bit of extra effort is well worth it. The green beans are crisper, the cream is creamier, the mushrooms are meatier, and the onions are tastier. Once you go scratch, you’ll never go back.
Sometimes it is just easier to thaw out a frozen pie crust. But if you have the time to make it from scratch, there really is no comparison. From scratch is flakier and more flavorful than anything you could get from a box.
Homemade pumpkin pie is really one of the easiest dishes to make. If you are a new cook or baker, this is a great pie to start with. And your kitchen will smell amazing while it’s baking.
Looking for a few more from-scratch ideas for your table? Check out these recipes from other bloggers:
Easy Homemade Rolls from Laughing Spatula.
Homemade Whipped Cream from Wanna be a Country Cleaver.
How to Make Homemade Gravy by Our Best Bites.
Crock Pot Stuffing by Julie’s Eat and Treats.
Best Creamiest Mashed Potatoes from Buns in My Oven.