Smaller Thanksgiving? Try These Starter, Side and Dessert Options

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Will Thanksgiving 2020 look different than every other year’s holiday? If your meal went from a buffet for dozens of family members to your immediate family, you won’t need as many starters, sides and desserts. Even though you’ve cut your holiday menu in half, you can still make the meal special. Check out these easy ideas for a smaller Thanksgiving dinner. And bonus, the kids can help with the meal prep too!

Thanksgiving Starter: The Cheese Ball

The smaller meal means you won’t need an array of apps. Instead of four or five choices, let the kiddos help you make one large cheese ball starter. Combine one package of cream cheese with eight ounces (or more) of shredded cheddar cheese. Add your family’s favorite spices—such as garlic, onion powder or pepper. Roll the mix into a ball and coat the outside with crushed pecans and dried cranberries. Serve the starter with an assortment of crackers.

Thanksgiving Side: Yam Casserole

This time-tested kid-friendly fave is easy to make and sweet to eat. Combine one large can of yams with half a cup of mini marshmallows and one-quarter cup of light brown sugar. Spread the mix out in a casserole dish and top with marshmallows. Cover the yams with foil and bake the side at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Take the foil off and continuing baking for five minutes or until the marshmallows are light brown.

Thanksgiving Dessert: Pumpkin Parfaits

Mix a batch of pumpkin flavored pudding or buy the ready-made dessert. Spoon a layer of the pudding into a tall glass. Add a layer of whipped topping. Either spoon another layer of pudding or add granola. Repeat until you fill the glass. Chill before serving.

 




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