Easy Thanksgiving Feast Without A Huge Time Commitment

Creating the perfect Thanksgiving menu is not as daunting as you might think. Planning and organizing can help you spend more time enjoying the holiday and less time in the kitchen.

Turkey or ham is a popular choice for a main dish. Stuffed eggs, mashed potatoes and Italian green beans, along with some soft yeast rolls, are wonderful accompaniments to a Thanksgiving ham. A lazy man’s peach-berry cobbler rounds out a perfect holiday feast.
If you plan well, preparation is a piece of cake.

Ham – Melt ¼ cup butter in a medium saucepan, add ½ cup brown sugar and 1 cup pineapple juice. Pour over a spiral sliced ham and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Bake in a 300 degree oven for approximately two hours.

Eggs – Boil eight large eggs and peel. Slice in half lengthwise and remove the yolks, keeping the white parts intact. Add two heaping tablespoons mayonnaise, one tablespoon sweet pickle relish, a pinch of dill, salt and black pepper to the yolks. Mash well and fill the egg white “bowls.”

Beans – Place two pounds of green beans in a large baking dish. Cover with strips of bacon.

Pour one cup of Italian dressing on top. Bake at 375 degrees until bacon is done.
Potatoes – Boil eight medium golden potatoes until done. Drain and mash with ½ cup milk, ¼ cup butter and two cloves of chopped garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cobbler – Place one bag each of frozen sliced peaches and blackberries in a baking dish.

Sprinkle ¾ cup of sugar over fruit and pour one cup of water over all. Melt ½ cup butter.

Mix with one cup of flour, one cup sugar and one cup milk in a large mixing bowl. Pour over fruit and bake at 400 degrees until crust is golden brown.