Cooking Up a Memorable Thanksgiving 

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, millions of Americans are looking forward to spending time visiting loved ones, enjoying a great meal… and, if you’re the host for this year’s festivities, probably starting to get stressed out at the prospect of putting on a massive feast for your friends, family or in-laws. Whether you’re a traditional Thanksgiving turkey family or not, most people agree that the sides are what makes or breaks a great Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re not quite sure what you’re going to serve this year, read on for a few tasty, fast and easy recipes you can incorporate into your own Thanksgiving, especially if you’re cooking with gas! 

Maybe you love to grill! Or maybe you just need twenty minutes outside and away from the crowd (it’s okay – we don’t judge). Either way, this recipe for grilled caramelized corn is for you, and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. The recipe is fast, simple, and best of all, doesn’t compete with the stove or oven you might need for other parts of the meal. All you need is a gas grill, six ears of corn, and half a stick of melted butter. First, prepare the grill for low heat and grill 6 husked ears of corn for 10 minutes on each side. Then, brush on the melted butter and rotate corn in 1/2 turns. Once all the butter is used and you see grill marks on the corn, pull the corn off the grill. The corn will be caramelized and ready to eat! (Note for readers – if you don’t have a natural gas grill that’s connected directly to your house’s natural gas hookup, it pays to check the propane level in your tank a couple days early.) 

What if you don’t have a gas grill? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Kids and adults alike will love this recipe for baked mac and cheese. While the recipe itself will require a little more prep work than the corn, it’s the perfect side dish option to slide in the oven while your turkey rests since it cooks at the same 350 degrees temperature. 

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without dessert. This quick and easy recipe for stovetop rice crispy treats is a fantastic way to get children into the kitchen and make sure no one feels left out. Follow along with the quick video instructions here, and you can be sure that dessert is as memorable as the rest of the meal. While the recipe works best on a natural gas stove, it’s still worth making no matter how you cook!