The Thanksgiving season is one of the best. Not only do you get to spend time with your friends and family, but you also get to eat delicious food! One of my favorite things to do during the Thanksgiving season is host Friendsgiving. Making food and inviting others for a time of fellowship and laughter truly does my heart good. Friendsgiving is a wonderful time, but it takes lots of preparation. So, I have decided to share three of my favorite recipes to help you with your very own Friendsgiving feast!
The One With the Ham
Ham is the best. It’s delicious and so easy to make! However, the glaze is the key. Here is my favorite ham glaze!
- 1 (10 pound) fully-cooked, bone-in ham
- 4 cups boiling water, or as needed
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons dry mustard powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or as needed
- 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place ham on a rack set in a roasting pan, and carefully pour about 1/2 inch of boiling water into the pan beneath the ham.
- Bake the ham in the preheated oven for 2 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat (do not touch the bone) reads at least 140 degrees F (60 degrees C.)
- Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, dry mustard, honey, and lemon juice as needed to make a thick, smooth paste. Brush the ham generously with glaze. Skewer 1 pineapple chunk and 1 maraschino cherry per toothpick, and insert the decorated picks all over the ham.
- Return the ham to the oven, and roast for 15 minutes. Baste the ham, fruit and all, with glaze and juices that have collected in the bottom of the pan, return to the oven, and roast for an additional 15 minutes. Let the ham rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
The One With the Green Beans
Green beans are one of my favorite foods and are absolutely and essential to Friendsgiving.
- 2 bags of steamer bag green beans
- 1 tbs garlic salt
- 1 tbs of pepper
- 2 tbs of butter
- Steam the green beans according to your microwave and the directions on the package.
- Drain green beans and place into serving bowl
- Add butter, garlic, and pepper
- Mix until evenly distributed
The One With the Apple Crisp
It’s basically a rule that you can’t end Friendsgiving (or any fall event) without a fall dessert. Warm apple crisp is one of my absolute favorites and is definitely a crowd pleaser!
- 1 qt. or more sliced apples (honeycrisp are my favorite)
- ¾ cup of orange juice
- ¾ cup of flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 stick of oleo
- Pour orange juice over sliced apples in a 7 x 10 pan. *note* For a 9x11 pan, use 1 ½ the topping recipe.
- For the topping, mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon together and cut in oleo.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes - Test with a toothpick to see if apples are done