Easy-to-Make Thanksgiving Dishes

November 20th, 2023 by


It’s that time of year. Thanksgiving is here! We know, we’re a little late, but don’t you worry. We have some easy to make recipes that everyone will love before and after the main course. They’re also easy -to- make with a free afternoon, or even just before all the guests arrive. So, let’s get started on the first dish.

Appetizer Artichoke Dip

Nothing can beat the usual salsa and salsa con queso classics, but let’s go with something a little heartier this year. Artichoke dip is a good option, as is spinach dip, but let’s look at the recipe for the first one.


  •       1 cup of mayonnaise
  •       16 oz. bottle of crushed or grated Parmesan Cheese
  •       1 can of chopped artichokes
  •       Garlic powder, salt, and pepper (add to taste)


  1.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2.     Open the can of artichokes and drain the water to keep them from getting soggy. Then, chop it up as much as possible. No one wants a fat wad of artichoke to chew on.
  3.     Put the chopped artichokes into a bowl, add the mayonnaise and parmesan cheese.
  4.     Mix it all together so that it blends until smooth
  5.     Now, add in the garlic powder, salt and/or pepper to add a little zest to it without going overboard. Artichokes are known to have a little sour lemon flavor, and we want to offset this or complement it with a spice that matches well.
  6.     Stir all of the ingredients together in an oven-safe bowl. Add some more cheese if you want for that fancy cooked layer some restaurant dip comes with. Cover the bowl with some tin foil.
  7.     Cook for 15 minutes.
  8.     As long as that extra layer of cheese isn’t burnt black, we should be good to go.
  9.     Take out the dip and let it cool, then serve with some crackers.

Cranberry-Orange Scones

Who doesn’t like a good dessert? Scones may sound like they’re difficult to make, but with a guiding hand and a good recipe, no one will know the difference. Onto the ingredients!


  •       4.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  •       1/4 cup of sugar plus extra sugar to sprinkle on
  •       2 tablespoons of baking powder
  •       2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  •       1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  •       3/4 pound of cold, unsalted butter, and diced
  •       4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  •       1 cup cold heavy cream
  •       1 cup dried cranberries
  •       1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk (also known as an egg wash)
  •       1/2 cup of powdered/confectioners’ sugar plus two more tablespoons
  •       4 teaspoons of freshly squeezed orange juice


  1.     Ready to go? Any good baking recipe starts by preheating the oven. This time, crank it up to 400 degrees.
  2.     Get 4 cups of flour, plus the sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest together. Mix it all in a large bowl.
  3.     Once all the ingredients are well-mixed and indistinguishable, add in the butter and mix until it dissolves completely.
  4.     Next comes the dried cranberries and that extra 1/4 cup of flour. Add it in and keep mixing!
  5.     Once the batter is done, pour it onto a well-floured surface like a large baking pan or cutting board. Kneed and roll this into a large ball of dough. You might want to put some flour on your hands so the batter doesn’t stick, too.
  6.     Now, flatten the dough as much as possible, but not too thin. A little less than an inch thick should work. A well-floured rolling pin can help with this.
  7.     Once flattened, take a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut into the dough. If you don’t have that, take a hot knife and estimate the size you want. Put all the cutouts onto a pan lined with a sheet of cookie paper. If you run out of space, make smaller scones or get another pan.
  8.     Now for the egg wash. Once mixed, brush it onto the dough cutouts lightly. We don’t want to douse them here.
  9.     Bake for 20-25 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them until they turn golden brown. They should be firm to the touch once thoroughly baked.
  10.   After cooing the scones for 15 minutes, mix together some powdered/confectioners’ sugar and orange juice. Drizzle this on the scones for a sweet introduction to that first bite

See? That wasn’t so hard. Enjoy these recipes on Thanksgiving, or any special occasion, and you’ll be the talk of the day. Have any other great recipes to share? Don’t be shy. Hit us up on University Mitsubishi social media. Happy Thanksgiving!

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