The time for Gathering the Family at Home for Thanksgiving is just around the corner. While it is certainly a day to count one’s blessings, reconnect with friends and relatives, and watch some football, it is also the foodiest day of the year.

The main focus of your Thanksgiving meal is of course, the Turkey. You may want to browse for Turkey recipes to determine how you want to season you Turkey but these few top tips may ensure your turkey is the best it can be. Plan ahead. It will take approximately 4 to 5 days for a 20 pound turkey to fully defrost. The safest method to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator. For crisper skin, unwrap the turkey the day before roasting and leave it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight. Cooking times will differ depending on whether your turkey was purchased fresh or frozen. Allow approximately 20 minute per pound in a 350 degree oven for a defrosted turkey and 10 to 15 minutes per pound for a fresh turkey. Don’t be a peeping Tom! Once you get the turkey in the over, resist the temptation to open the oven door to check on the progress. This could cause you to have a dry turkey. After the time allotted, remove the turkey from the turkey from the oven and use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature. It should be 165 degrees at the breast when it’s done. If you stuff your turkey, check the internal temperature of the stuffing as well. It should be at least 165 degrees. Allow about 30 minutes for the turkey to rest after removing it from the oven so the meat is juicier and easier to carve.

If you haven’t planned the rest of your menu, there’s still time to pull off a fabulous feast. Keep it stress free. Don’t be afraid to shake up your holiday table with new recipes while keeping those old family favorites. Think beyond the traditional sweet potato dish and try one of our favorites, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pineapple Topping.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pineapple Topping

Casserole Ingredients:

1/2 Stick of Butter
2 Cups Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Eggs
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 cup Sugar

Topping Ingredients:

1 – 8 oz. can crushed pineapple (drained)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 stick melted butter

Directions: Mash boiled sweet potatoes, melt butter and combine with milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Pour into 9×9 baking dish. Combine all topping ingredients and spread over top of potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. NOTE: Recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9×13 dish.

I hope your family enjoys this recipe. I would love it if you’d share some of your favorite Thanksgiving family recipes too.