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5 Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Recipes | Cooking With Compass

November 9, 2021

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Brianna Correia
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Staying with us for the holidays? With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's time to perfect your favorite dishes. Whether you're hosting a dinner or whipping up a dish to bring to a gathering, we've got you covered with 5 easy recipes that you can try right in your apartment! Your kitchen is fully equipped with all the tools you'll need to get started.

You Ain't Seen Stuffin' Yet

Thanksgiving has become a staple for many seasonal dishes and desserts. Stuffing or as some may call it, dressing, has always been a classic. Stuffing or seasoned bread, dates back to the Romans who were "in-the-bird" stuffers. We've provided you with several pots, pans and a baking dish so you can make your own stuffing just in time for Thanksgiving!



  • 1 lb. bread cut into 1-inch cubes - about 12 cups
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth



  1. Lay bread cubes on baking sheets in a single layer and toast at 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes stirring every once in a while. Transfer bread cubes to a large bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. 
  3. In a skillet, melt the butter and add the onion and celery. Sauté until vegetables are soft. Pour mixture into the bowl with the bread. Add the parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir together. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the chicken broth and whisk together. Pour mixture over bread cubes and mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until top is golden brown and middle is set.

Life Is Sweet

Sweet potato casserole is a unique Thanksgiving dish that dates back to the 1830's. Some serve it as a side dish while others serve it as a dessert. Traditionally, sweet potato casserole used to be topped with pecans but over the years, a roasted marshmallow topping has become more popular. It's been said that marshmallows were used as a time-saving method since meringue and whipped cream were considered laborious toppings back in the day. Your kitchen is stocked with all the tools you'll need to make your own sweet potato casserole right in your apartment! 



  • 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • Miniature marshmallows, or as needed



  1. Place sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a deep casserole dish with butter.
  3. Mash potatoes with a potato masher in a bowl until no large lumps remain. Stir white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter into the mashed sweet potatoes; transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Cover sweet potato mixture with a layer of miniature marshmallows.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until marshmallows are browned, about 30 minutes

Eat, Drink & Cranberry

Can you believe that the first published recipe of cranberry sauce was in 1796 and called for serving with a roasted turkey? We've been carrying out traditions through Thanksgiving dishes for decades! Cranberry sauce is one of the easiest and quickest Thanksgiving side dishes that you can whip up right in your fully

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Fun Fact: Cranberries are also one of the few fruits commercially grown in the United States, which makes them a fitting representation of the American harvest. 


  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 package of fresh cranberries (12 ounces)


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries, and cook until they start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.


Absolutely Mashed

Mashed potatoes are a year-round favorite that you can't forget to add to the Thanksgiving spread. Some even call it the glue of the Thanksgiving meal. While physically mashing your potatoes is what comes to mind when one says "mashed potatoes," a quicker alternative is to use a blender. Luckily your kitchen is stocked with a blender, so you'll have smooth and creamy mashed potatoes in no time!

Fun Fact: The first ever recipe of mashed potatoes dates back to as early as 1747!



  • 2 pounds of baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain.
  2. In a small saucepan heat butter and milk over low heat until butter is melted. Using a potato masher or electric beater, slowly blend milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The Apple of My Eye

Apples have become a fall staple to seasonal flavors, scents and dishes. While most think of apple pie or apple crisp, there's also apple hand pies! Apple hand pies are a small, hand-sized apple pocket that's similar to a wrapped up slice of pie. 

Fun Fact: Another name for apple hand pies is apple turnovers!



  • Pastry dough
  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon 
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Salt


  1. When you’re ready to make the pies, sauté the apples in a large skillet until the butter and brown sugar are melted and the apples are tender.
  2. Next, working with half the dough, the chilled and rested pastry is rolled out into 5-inch circles. 
  3. The apple cinnamon filling is layered in the center, and the edges are folded over to make a turnover. 
  4. Crimp the edges with a fork, and for a golden, bakery style shine, brush the pastry with a milk or egg wash. You can also top with sanding sugar or simply leave the tops plain. 
  5. Bake until golden and the filling begins to bubble.







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