Attending Friendsgiving This Year? 4 Quick Recipes for the Busy Bee

Everyone at our office understands how easy it is to get so wrapped up in work and other projects that you completely forget to prepare something for your Friendsgiving potluck. We wanted to help you guys out with this dilemma and show you a few quick recipes that will make you seem like a pro.

The Drink  //  Cranberry Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of Red Wine
  • 1/2 Cup of Brandy
  • 1 Cup of Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 of Orange Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Cup of Cranberries
  • 1 Orange

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Directions:

  • Cut up the orange into slices and cubes.
  • Combine all the ingredients into a pitcher.
  • Allow to chill for at least two hours.

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The Appetizer  //  Faux Quiche 

Ingredients (for 18):

  • 2 Sheets of Frozen Puff Pastry
  • 8 Ounces of Cream Cheese
  • 4 Cups of Chopped Spinach
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 6 Pieces of Crispy Bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt the cream cheese in the microwave for 40 seconds and then combine it with the eggs and olive oil in a mixing bowl.
  3. Chop the spinach and the bacon and then mix them in with the cheese mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cut the two sheets of pastry puff into 18 squares (9 each sheet) on a floured cutting board and then put them inside of a muffin pan.
  5. Add the filling mixture to them and fold the corners of the pastry puff over.
  6. Drizzle butter over the top and bake for about 25-30 minutes.

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The Side  //  Cinnamon Carrots 

Ingredients:

  • A Package of Cut and Peeled Carrots
  • 4 Pieces of Chives
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Salt

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Directions:

  1. Boil the carrots with the bay leaves and the cinnamon stick for 20 minutes.
  2. Take out the bay leaves and cinnamon, place to the side and then strain the carrots.
  3. Chop the chives and add them to the carrots in a serving dish along with the cinnamon and butter.
  4. Add salt to taste. Use the bay leaves and cinnamon stick for garnish.

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The Desert  //  Baked Apple with Pie Filling 

Ingredients:

  • 10 Granny Apples
  • 1 Package of Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 1 Package of Pecan Pieces
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons of Rum Extract
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the tops off of the apples and then remove the center from them using a melon baller and place the pieces (asides from the core) into a mixing bowl. Add the pecans, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and rum extract, stir.
  3. Cut up one of the pie crusts into slices and place over the apples in a checkered pattern.
  4. Place the apples in a deep baking dish with a small amount of water covering the bottom of the apples.
  5. Place tinfoil over the top and bake for 25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

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