I can already smell the turkey cooking. I can pretty much taste the perfect combo bite that includes cranberries, gravy covered stuffing and maybe even a touch of mashed potatoes. Why does everything on the Thanksgiving plate work so well together? I don’t know, I don’t care. I’m not the audience member who wants to know the magician’s secrets. Just wow me and let’s all move on with our lives. Not everyone has my caution to the wind philosophy about Thanksgiving dinners so for the picky eaters in your life, here are a few recipes guaranteed to make everyone happy.

Turkey Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients together, form into approx 20 meatballs.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden and internal temperature reads 165 degrees F. Allow to cool and enjoy!

    Mashed Potato Waffles

    1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
    2. Cook and stir onion and garlic in the melted butter until onion is tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
    3. Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    4. Combine onion mixture, mashed potatoes, flour, eggs, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until well blended.
    5. Scoop 1/4 to 1/2 cup batter (depending on the size of the waffle iron) into the center of the waffle iron and close lid. Cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

    Stuffing Muffins

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes. Stir in thyme, poultry seasoning, seasoned salt, and pepper.
    3. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Add celery mixture and broth; toss gently until well mixed. Spoon into generously greased muffin tins, pressing down so each cup is well-filled.
    4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.

    Apple Pie Bread Pudding

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
    2. Slice the bread into ½ inch (1 cm) cubes.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon, stirring until smooth.
    4. Add the bread and stir until the bread cubes have evenly absorbed the milk mixture.
    5. Spread the bread evenly in a 9-inch (23-cm) round baking pan.
    6. In a large bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar, and cornstarch, mixing until evenly combined.
    7. Spread the apples evenly on top of the bread.
    8. Bake for 40 minutes, until edges are brown.
    9. Cool, slice, then serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!
    10. Enjoy!