Our Table: Thanksgiving Favorites

This Thanksgiving was the first time I actually contributed anything more than a store bought Honeybaked Ham – although those things are delicious!  I’m finally grown up table status.  Unfortunately I was in too big of a rush/panic to take blog photos – #badbloggerstatus.  I will still share the recipes though, because they were big hits if I do say so myself.

First, I made the Pioneer Woman’s Peanut Butter Pie.  It was so easy and very tasty!  I followed the recipe exactly except I may or may not have purchased a pre-made Oreo crust.

pie

My family requested Mac and Cheese so I decided to attempt it by myself.  I went with a crockpot recipe since the oven was occupied most of the day.  I used Paula Deen’s Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese as a base, but I did make quite a few substitutions.

macandcheese

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz uncooked macaroni

½ stick butter

2 ½ cups grated cheese – I used 1 cup mild cheddar, 1 cup sharp cheddar, and half a cup of extra sharp white cheddar

3 eggs, beaten – I omitted the eggs and it turned out fine

½ cup sour cream – I exchanged for whipping cream (don’t judge, it’s Thanksgiving!)

1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup

½ tsp salt

1 cup milk

½ tsp dry mustard – I used paprika instead

½ tsp pepper

Partially boil the macaroni – about 5 minutes – until kind of tender. 

Paula says to mix the butter and cheese until melted in a medium saucepan, but I just went straight for the crockpot to avoid extra dishes.  Add in the rest of your ingredients, and cook on low for about 2.5 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

I wouldn’t recommend making either one of these dishes often, but they are worth the calories for a Thanksgiving splurge.  I hope you and your family had a great holiday weekend!

-LC

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