What’s best to prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner?

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So due to the fact that most of my family lives outside of the U.S., Thanksgiving dinner tends to be much smaller than other families, but always turns out fantastic! I love the coziness of having a small group for this holiday because we all get to help out in the kitchen and it really makes Thanksgiving really special 🙂 Here are some of my favorite recipes we made for the delicious feast!

Apple Turnover

What you need:

3 apples; cubed

1 ½ tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 cup sugar

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

2 tbsp butter

1 large egg (and water)

1 package frozen puff pastry; thawed

What to do:

In a pan, toss together the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, sugar, salt, cinnamon nutmeg, and butter.

Cook covered over medium heat, stirring until apples are soft (about 8 minutes).

Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Roll pastry and cut into 8 squares

Brush the edges with the egg and water mixture.

Spoon the apple mixture in the middle of each square and fold the dough in half to form a triangle.

Seal the edge with a fork.

Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Poke few holes in the top of each one and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 400°

Brush the top of each one with the egg wash and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Mama’s Butternut Squash Soup

Credit to Jocelyne Hachem  

What you need:

1 medium onion; chopped

1 squash; chopped

2 medium carrots; chopped

8 cup of chick stock

Salt

Nutmeg

What to do:

Fry onions, squash, and carrots in a pan and add salt on top

Add 8 cups of chicken stock and let it boil

After it boils, let it simmer and lower the heat to medium heat for 30 minutes

When the squash is soft, blend the soup

After, add it back to the heat and add nutmeg

Chocolate Heaven 

Credit to Stephanie Hachem 

What you need:

1 pastry sheet

Cocoa powder

Sugar

Flour

Hershey’s™ dark chocolate bar

1 egg

What to do:

Lay out the pastry dough, flour the dough, and roll the dough out

Brush the top with egg

Cover a thin layer of cocoa powder on one side

Dust sugar on top of the cocoa powder

Use a peeler to shave a layer of chocolate on top of the cocoa powder

Roll your dough into a cylinder

With your eggs, brush to stick the cylinder together

Cut your dough into 1 cm thick circles

Colonial Country Rolls 

Credit to Nick Puetz

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What you need:

3 cup flour

2 ¼ teaspoon of yeast

¼ cup honey

1/3 cup white sugar

1 cup warm water

¼ cup vegetable oil

What to do:

Mix ingredients together

Knead for 8 minutes

Form into a ball and let it rise for about 90 minutes

After done rising, shape into a circle and let it rise for another 90 minutes

Brush oil and honey on top

Bake for 20 minutes at 350

Lay on a baking pan and brush again with eggs

Bake for 10-15 minutes in a 400° oven