Enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving with this simple and delicious meal featuring Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkey, Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own.
I remember how stressed I was the first time I hosted Thanksgiving dinner. We invited close family and friends over, and while everyone brought a dish to share, I was in charge of the turkey and mashed potatoes.
Making sure my turkey turned out moist and delicious was enough to stress me out for the whole day. And it may not seem like a much, but peeling, dicing, boiling and mashing ten pounds of potatoes is a lot of work! In the end, everything turned out great but I was exhausted.
Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter, doesn’t have to be stressful. With Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey, you can prepare a meal that everyone will love and the best part is you don’t have to be an expert chef to pull it off.
Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey comes pre-seasoned and can go straight from freezer to oven — no thawing required — which is perfect for those of you who tend to forget to thaw your turkey ahead of time. It even comes with a gravy packet, so you don’t have to worry about making your own.
Preparing a Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkey (available in traditional or cajun style) is as simple as removing the turkey from the outer packaging, cutting six small slits in the top of the cooking bag, placing it in a roasting pan and baking for approximately four hours.
That’s it! No thawing, cleaning, seasoning or basting. It’s so easy to prepare and results in the most flavorful, moist turkey.
There are so many great sides that you could make to complement your turkey. Mashed potatoes and gravy are definitely a must-have, as well as a variety of delicious vegetables. If you are looking for a side dish to add to your menu plan, these Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are hard to beat!
Tossed with pure maple syrup, sea salt, pepper, and bacon, and then roasted in the oven, these Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are crispy and have a deliciously sweet and salty flavor.
They pair perfectly with turkey, as well as lamb, chicken and beef, making them a great side dish for any holiday meal!
Watch this video to see how easy they are to make!
- 1 1/2 lbs. Brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed
- 5 bacon strips
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cook bacon in a pan or skillet over medium heat until slightly crispy (make sure you don't overcook). Remove strips from pan and place onto a paper towel to absorb grease. Once cooled, cut strips into small pieces.
- Combine Brussels sprouts, syrup, salt, pepper and bacon pieces in a large bowl and stir well to evenly coat.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place Brussels sprouts in a single layer on baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are slightly brown and crispy. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 574mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 10g Protein: 6g
If you will be hosting a holiday dinner for your family and/or friends this year, make it even easier on yourself and have everyone bring a dish to share. You’ll be able to spend more time with the ones you love and you’ll have plenty of good food to go around!
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