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November 6, 2017

How to Host Thanksgiving without Breaking the Bank

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Who says Thanksgiving needs to cost you a bundle? Read on to see how to host an easy, delicious and inexpensive Thanksgiving feast with our friends from Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farm and Swanson!

Step 1: Keep Appetizers Simple

Campbells Thanksgiving Cheese and Crackers FINAL

Appetizers have never been easier than a classy cheese and cracker plate. Pick a few different cheese flavors, like sharp cheddar, pepper jack and provolone, and pair with Pepperidge Farm Cracker Trios!

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Step 2: Don’t Mess with a Classic

Sure, you could deep-fry your turkey or brine it, but if you’re looking to keep things simple and affordable this Thanksgiving, no one will bat an eyelash at a classic roast turkey.

Classic Roast Turkey

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups Swanson® Chicken Stock or Swanson® Unsalted Chicken Stock
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • 4 cups Pepperidge Farm® Herb Seasoned Stuffing
  • 12 pound turkey (1 turkey)

Directions

  1. Stir 1 3/4 cups stock, lemon juice, basil, thyme and 1/8 teaspoonblack pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the remaining stock, remaining black pepper, celery, onion and mushrooms in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the stuffing to the saucepan and mix lightly.
  3. Remove the package of giblets and neck from the turkey cavity. Rinse the turkey with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Spoon the stuffing lightly into the neck and body cavities. Fold any loose skin over the stuffing. Tie the ends of the drumsticks together.
  4. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in shallow roasting pan. Spray the turkey with vegetable cooking spray. Brush with the stock mixture. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, not touching the bone.
  5. Roast at 325°F for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until the thermometer reads 165°F. Baste occasionally with the stock mixture. Begin checking for doneness after 3 hours of roasting time. Let the turkey stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Step 3: Simple and Sumptuous Sides

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Herb Seasoned Sausage Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound hot Italian pork sausage, casing removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ¾ cups Swanson® Chicken Broth or Swanson® Certified Organic Chicken Broth orSwanson® Natural Goodness® Chicken Broth
  • 6 cups Pepperidge Farm® Herb Seasoned Stuffing
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the sausage and cook until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.
  2. Add the onion and celery to the skillet and cook until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the broth and heat to a boil.  Remove the skillet from the heat.  Add the stuffing and parsley and mix lightly.

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Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed Italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
  • 2 large shallot, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Madeira wine
  • 2 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth
  • 8 cups green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 container (8 ounces) mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Place the bread and olive oil into a food processor.  Cover and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Heat half the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, shallots and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms and shallot are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Increase the heat to high.  Stir in the wine and heat to a boil.  Cook until the wine is reduced by half.  Add the broth and green beans and heat to a boil.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the beans are tender, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the mascarpone and cook until melted
  4. Stir the flour and remaining butter in a small bowl until smooth.  Stir the flour mixture in the skillet.  Spoon the bean mixture into a shallow 2 1/2-quart casserole.  Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Heat the broiler to low.  Broil 4 inches from the heat for 4 minutes or until the bread crumb mixture is golden brown.

Step 4: Don’t Stress About the Gravy or the Bread!

With Pepperidge Farm Country Style Rolls and Campbell’s Gravy, you’ll never forget those little extras that make Thanksgiving memorable.

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