With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people around the U.S. are preparing their holiday menus, albeit for smaller crowds. While stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce may be staples on Thanksgiving tables across the country, there’s one potentially polarizing element of the meal: the dessert. Read on to discover which common Thanksgiving treat people are most likely to avoid at your holiday celebration.
According to a new survey from YouGov, there’s a major divide among Thanksgiving celebrants when it comes to dessert. Among the 1,055 individuals polled, 840 of whom planned to celebrate the holiday this year, 37 percent said they were planning on making their desserts from scratch, while 26 percent said they’d save themselves the hassle and opt for store-bought desserts instead. However, whether your holiday sweets are homemade or come from the freezer case at your local supermarket, there’s a clear standout when it comes to the least popular Thanksgiving dessert. Read on to find out which Thanksgiving treat simply isn’t worth the time it takes to make
7. Pumpkin pie
Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 35 percent
6. Pecan pie
Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 16 percent
5. Apple pie
Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 11 percent
4. Sweet potato pie
Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 10 percent
3. Chocolate pie
Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 6 percent
2. Cherry pie
Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 4 percent
1. Banana pudding pie
Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 3 percent
There you have it. So I guess pumpkin pie takes the honor as the most popular holiday dessert. I can’t believe chocolate comes in at number 3 worst!
Warning: These Soft Batch Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies are for CHOCOLATE LOVERS only!!! Full of intense chocolate fudge flavor, these cookies basically melt in your mouth. So good with a glass of milk!
How to make Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Preheat your oven and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together the dry ingredients!
Melt chocolate chips and the butter in the microwave. And in a separate bowl whisk the vanilla sugars and eggs. Beat in milk and vanilla. Then add melted chocolate in and combine.
Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Then toss in the remaining chocolate chips!
Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake one tray at a time.
Press a few extra chocolate chips on top of the warm cookies, if desired. Cool on the cookie sheet… then devour!!!
These cookies must – I repeat – MUST cool completely on the tray. I usually leave the room for a good hour before I even think about sneaking them off the tray.
Because these cookies are so chocolate heavy, I added a good pinch of salt and vanilla the the dough. Please don’t skip these two ingredients – they make it work.
Believe me, I’m all for a classic Thanksgiving spread, but year after year, it can start to get a little, well, boring. Classic or not, nobody likes a predictable meal! That’s why this holiday season, I’ll be spicing up my spread with a few air fryer Thanksgiving recipes. It’s 2020, and in case you haven’t noticed, we air-fry everything now.
We all know the turkey can take up quite a bit of space in the oven, so why not make some sides in your air fryer and save yourself some space, time and effort? From classics like delicious delicata squash to baked potatoes, there are tons of great options that taste just as good (or even better!) when made in your very own air fryer.
Of course, there are also some wildcard options, including (drumroll please!) turkey and stuffing egg rolls and fried stuffing balls. Yes, they both taste as good as they sound, and no, it’s not embarrassing if your mouth has already started watering. I’m in the same boat.
In addition to delicious sides, I’ve included a few alternatives to the classic Thanksgiving turkey—although, as you’ll see below, you can actually air-fry that, too. If you’re cooking for a smaller crowd, skip the massive bird and opt for turkey meatballs! If you’re making use of leftover turkey on Black Friday, just wait ’til you get a load of these turkey reuben patty melts.
All right, all right—I won’t tempt you any longer. Read on for 11 Thanksgiving recipes that put your air fryer to good use.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a hearty baked potato! This year, use the air fryer for a crispy crust and tender tater inside.
Air Fryer Stuffing Balls
Why yes, I do believe that everything tastes better in fried ball form, hence my obsession with these balls of stuffing. YUM.
Air Fryer Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving turkey usually goes in the oven, but if you want to air fry yours, you can follow this recipe.
Carrot fries look nice, taste great and add a pop of festive color to your Thanksgiving table. This is also a great way to revive any veggie leftovers for some Black Friday snacking.
Air Fryer Delicata Squash
Squash is a Thanksgiving essential, and you can pair these crispy slices with everything from turkey to salad.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
I cannot stress this enough: the more sweet potato options, the merrier. While I like a full potato with my meal, I’ll never say no to a handful of crispy sweet potato fries, too.
Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
If you prefer ground turkey or just aren’t cooking a big bird for your feast, try these delicious meatballs as a different way to make your turkey the star of the show—I mean, the meal.
Air Fryer Turkey & Stuffing Egg Rolls
OK, now you’ve got my attention. What could be better than combining two Thanksgiving essentials in one crispy crust? Consider these my new show-stopper.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Toasts
If you want a semi-healthy app option, throw these sweet potato toasts in your air fryer and top with garlic shrimp and spinach. Plus, the entire recipe is gluten-free.
Air Fryer Turkey Reuben Patty Melts
Another great option if A) you aren’t doing the whole big feast but still want turkey, B) you prefer ground turkey to the full bird, or C) you need some turkey leftovers inspo. These sandwiches are IT.
Pies are great and all, but Thanksgiving can get a little overloaded with pies. Everyone’s got to have pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie, but having those same pies every year gets boring fast. To mix things up, you can use those beloved fall flavors in other types of desserts. Items like cakes, cobblers, cheesecakes, trifles, and puddings are just as good as pies, if not better. So branch out this year with some new Thanksgiving dessert recipes that will make you forget all about pie.
(OK, here’s the thing. This article has 31 desserts to show you. I can’t cut and paste all 31, so I’ll leave you a link to the article so you can check out all 31. I will show you a few samples because they look delish.)
It’s lovely to use your slow cooker as much as possible for Thanksgiving when oven space is at a premium. Start this slow cooker praline pecan cobbler in the morning, and it’ll be done by dessert time. It’s super simple, too. Just mix a few ingredients and dump them into the crockpot. It even creates its own praline sauce, so serve it warm over vanilla ice cream.
If you’re not into making pie but you know your dinner guests will want a pumpkin dessert, try pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It’s got the same spiced pumpkin flavor as pie, but it’s creamier and feeds a lot more people, too. The simple swirl and gingersnap crust seem fancy, but they’re really easy to do.
Make an apple crisp instead of a pie — it’s easier because you don’t have to futz with a crust, and it’s just as tasty. This caramel apple version uses an oatmeal-flecked topping, plus a homemade caramel sauce drizzled over the apples before baking and over the top when it’s done. Make it ahead of time and serve at room temperature, or warm it if you like.
This is a dessert that you can leave out for a while and let your guests graze on until the night is over. It’s like a sweet, peanut buttery cheese ball, and you eat it by dipping graham crackers into it, though other treats like pretzels and Nilla wafers would be good, too. The Reese’s Pieces decoration gives it the perfect fall colors.
Between work, school schedules, and household chores, there’s often little time to make dinner. One way to put a satisfying meal on the table fast: Start with a super-cheap rotisserie chicken. Warehouse clubs such as Costco typically sell them at a loss; Costco prices a 3-pound chicken at just $5. While it’s tasty on its own, with minimal effort you can make several dishes out of one to save time and money. Buy a chicken at the beginning of the week to have a simple meal base for several days, and freeze the excess for later. Here are some ideas to get you started (really, almost any recipe calling for chicken can use rotisserie chicken).
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread
The blogger behind Katie’s Cucina knows her way around a rotisserie chicken. She stretched a Costco rotisserie chicken to four meals: chicken pot pie, chicken soup, and two days of buffalo chicken flatbread. One day she made a flatbread for dinner, and the next day she served one as an appetizer when entertaining guests. Here, a Greek-yogurt Buffalo sauce drizzle over top makes a perfect complement.
What’s better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly evening? A grilled-cheese sandwich with a twist. This chicken, avocado, and tomato grilled-cheese delight is delicious and easy. Just heat up leftover rotisserie chicken, mash up an avocado with spices, slice a tomato, and put it together with cheese slices, mayo, and bread. Grill it up in a skillet and dig in.
It doesn’t get much easier than throwing all the ingredients — even uncooked rice — into one pot, and that’s exactly what this wonder recipe does. With minimal prep time and even less cleanup time (remember, just one pot), this recipe is simple as well as satisfying.
Do you like making takeout recipes at home? Fans of chicken fried rice will love this easy dish. It combines rice, vegetables, egg, and rotisserie chicken with the traditional sesame oil and soy sauce to make an authentic chicken fried rice dish that is healthier and better than takeout.
Pack on the protein with this fun chicken salad recipe. Easy and delectable, the tangy combo of creamy yogurt, apples, and grapes is perfect for lunch or dinner on the go. Keep it low-carb by using a bed of lettuce instead of bread, or go the more traditional route and serve it on croissants.
No recipe needed here. Simply heat up some rotisserie chicken, toss it with a packet of taco seasoning, and serve it on a warm tortilla shell. Add any other fillings of your choice, such as rice, black beans, green chilies, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce.
Salad is a perfect complement to rotisserie chicken, and this scrumptious chickpea chopped salad is no exception. The five-minute prep time makes this good-for-you salad even more desirable. You may have many of the ingredients already on hand: rotisserie chicken and chickpeas, of course, plus romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a dressing of choice, such as barbecue.
Comfort food at its finest, a hearty and good-for-you pot pie is a classic chicken recipe made much easier with shredded rotisserie chicken. This version uses refrigerated pie crusts, and although the recipe calls for fresh vegetables, you can take the easier route of using frozen.
It doesn’t get much easier than these hearty baked barbecue chicken sandwiches. Just shred some leftover rotisserie chicken, mix with barbecue sauce to taste, load up hoagie buns, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake them in the oven and voila. Be sure to serve the sandwiches with a pickle.
Ditch the canned chicken noodle soup and go with an easy, home-cooked soup. Vegetables, noodles, and leftover rotisserie chicken combine to make a hearty soup that leaves everyone feeling satisfied and is said to boost the immune system. The recipe tells how to make the stock from scratch, but that’s not necessary. Just substitute low-sodium chicken broth from the store to save time.
Whether your on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organize who’s bringing what.
To that end, here’s a handy planner that take’s some of the guesswork figuring out how much food, drinks and deserts you’ll need to feed a crowd.
This Independence Day, cook up a spread of star-spangled 4th of July recipes worthy of America’s birthday. From traditional 4th of July foods (we’re talking about you, coleslaw and potato salad) to modern, creative finger foods, we’ve rounded up mouthwatering recipes to help you celebrate the summer holiday in the most delicious way possible. Fire up the grill and make some of the best all-American entrees, keeping it classic with fried chicken, smoky meats, and burgers of all kinds — or even trying some zesty seafood recipes that taste like you’re eating beachside. You’ll of course have to pair it with some delicious 4th of July apps, refreshing summer salads, or the best desserts to cap off a backyard barbecue. And don’t forget the drink recipes to pair with all your cookout fare — it is the American way, after all.
Beef and Mushroom Burgers
These half-veggie, half-beefy burgers get an extra dose of flavor from mushrooms. With cheese and all the fixin’s, they might just be the new ultimate burger.
Food as stress relief ? Darn right ! Sarah from sugarapron.com has put together a recipe for amazing no-bake bars that people gush over and remember for months to come.
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
The only thing easier than making these no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars is eating them….
Keyword no-bake, oatmeal, peanut butter
1cupsemisweet or dark chocolate chips
Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Overhangs the edges of the foil to lift the bars easier from the baking dish. (You can use a 9×13-inch if you want thinner bars.)
Melt butter and brown sugar in large saucepan over medium heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla. Mix in the oats.
Cook over low heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended.
Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down. Reserve the other half for second layer.
To make the filling, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir until it’s smooth.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, reserving about 1/4 cup for drizzling and spread evenly.
Pour the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently and drizzle with the remaining chocolate mixture.
Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.
Note: Like any no-bake cookie, the final texture of these really depends on how long you boil the sugar mixture. If it doesn’t boil long enough, the cookie/bars mixture will be too soft, if you boil too long, they could turn out dry and crumbly.
For someone like me who doesn’t bake, these bars are like a reward from heaven. Enjoy.