Thanksgiving, in my sincerest opinion, is the best holiday! Who\u2019s with me? The best food is made, family and friends cook together and eat together, and it\u2019s in the best season: Fall. To top it off, the best memories are made during this time of year. With the best holiday just a week away, I thought I\u2019d share with you my all time favorite dishes. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nGreen Bean Casserole\n\n\n\nIt might just be me, but I can\u2019t have a Thanksgiving meal without the green bean casserole. If it\u2019s not on the menu, I\u2019ll get it added to the menu, because it\u2019s seriously the BEST! Check out my favorite version below!!\n\n\n\nRecipe\n\n\n\nIngredients\n\n\n\n4 Cans Green Beans2 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup1 Large Container French\u2019s Crispy Fried Onions \n\n\n\nInstructions\n\n\n\nMix green beans and cream of mushroom soup in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.Stir in a handful (or 2) of French\u2019s Crispy Fried Onions. Make sure everything is evenly mixed and spread out in the casserole dish.Top with more French\u2019s Onions to desired amount. Bake at 350 Degrees until top is browned.\n\n\n\n**If you really enjoy mushrooms and onion you can saut\u00e9 1 sweet onion (diced) and 1 package of sliced mushrooms. Then add to the mixture before topping with the crispy onions.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMashed Potatoes \n\n\n\nNext up, mashed potatoes. I hope everyone avoids that box of instant potatoes for this feast. If you don\u2019t, you should. Homemade mashed potatoes are SO easy and taste in\ufb01nitely better. Some people don\u2019t like peeling potatoes (like me) so when I make my mashed potatoes, I leave the skin on. You can make them to be exactly how you like, thick, creamy, cheesy, chunky, smooth, literally what ever you like! Personally, I like mine kind of thick and chunky (mashed by hand). However, my husband likes his smooth and creamy (he uses a hand mixer to whip them smooth). Finding the perfect balance is always entertaining at my house.\n\n\n\nRecipe\n\n\n\nIngredients\n\n\n\n4-6 Russet Potatoes1\/4 Cup Milk (more if desired) 1\/2 Stick of Butter (optional)Salt & Pepper to Taste\n\n\n\nInstructions\n\n\n\nCut potatoes into cubes. Put cut up potatoes in a pot and \ufb01ll with water and bring to a boil, cook until soft then drain.Pour the potatoes into a bowl. Using a potato masher (or a fork if you don\u2019t have one), mash potatoes. **If you want a smoother mashed potato, use a hand mixer to whip potatoesAdd salt & pepper, milk, and\/or butter to taste. (Adding more milk will change the texture. If you like chunky potatoes, use let milk)\n\n\n\nStuf\ufb01ng\n\n\n\nStuf\ufb01ng or dressing. What do you call it? If it\u2019s actually been stuffed into a turkey for cooking, I call it stuf\ufb01ng. If it\u2019s just made and served like a casserole it\u2019s dressing. Regardless of what you call it, it\u2019s de\ufb01nitely a must have on your plate for that Thanksgiving meal. My favorite recipe for this, is the good ole recipe on the box\/bag. You can even make fun adjustments to it, like adding sausage. The dressing with sausage is always the \ufb01rst pan to empty at my house!\n\n\n\nFried Turkey \n\n\n\nWe can\u2019t forget the turkey! Growing up we always made the traditional roasted turkey. Until we discovered fried turkey. I know, I know. You\u2019ve got to roast it in the oven for that traditional, classic meal. But let me tell you, fried turkey always comes out so amazing. It\u2019s juicy and \ufb02avorful. Once you try it, you\u2019ll want to keep eating even when you\u2019re full! It\u2019s legit that good. You can purchase or mix up a marinade and inject it into the turkey. Then carefully drop the bird into the fryer (with peanut oil). When frying, please be safe (give our \ufb01remen a break this holiday!) Below is our favorite marinade recipe that you inject into it.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTurkey Marinade Recipe\n\n\n\nIngredients\n\n\n\n1 Cup Lemon Juice1\/2 Cup Liquid Crab Boil1\/2 Cup Olive Oil1\/2 Cup Butter2 tbs Onion Powder2 tbs Garlic Powder2 tbs Cajun Seasoning1 tsp Tabasco Sauce1 tsp Cayenne Pepper\n\n\n\nInstructions\n\n\n\nPlace everything in a saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Stir and continue heating until sauce has completely liquefied.Remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.Use while still warm enough to remain in liquid state. Inject directly into the breast, leg, and thigh meat. Do this a few times to make sure the marinade is well dispersed throughout the turkey. (Don\u2019t worry, it gets a little messy)Wipe away any excess that may leak out. Now we\u2019re ready to fry!!!\n\n\n\nCranberry Sauce \n\n\n\nThe \ufb01nal addition to our dinner plate is cranberry sauce. Now, I\u2019m not talking about the jiggly, jello stuff in a can. I\u2019m talking freshly made cranberry sauce. I always hated the stuff in a can. Growing up that\u2019s all I knew. I thought that\u2019s what everyone ate and I thought it was gross. So the \ufb01rst time I had it fresh (thanks to my in-laws), my world was \ufb02ipped upside down. And it\u2019s super easy. You can purchase a bag of fresh cranberries from the produce department at your local grocery store. On the bag is a simple recipe (all you need is the cranberries, water and sugar). Just follow those instructions. It\u2019s super quick, which shocked me the \ufb01rst time. And this fresh cranberry sauce is the perfect \ufb01nal touch to your dinner plate. It goes great with the turkey!\n\n\n\nDessert\n\n\n\nOf course we close out the meal with dessert! You can\u2019t have a Thanksgiving meal without dessert. There are so many options! Cookies, cake, pie, fruit, just so many ways to have all these! We go classic at my house with pie. Pumpkin and sweet potato pie is are great options but not my favorites. Pumpkin anything is something I avoid (I know I\u2019m crazy, at least that\u2019s what my husband thinks). I enjoy sweet potatoes, but I don\u2019t think they belong in pie form. So, that leaves us with pecan pie! Pecan pie is the BEST! It\u2019s sweet and crunchy and just yummy! We usually get ours from the local grocery store bakery (Publix is pretty amazing and super convenient). If you have the time, de\ufb01nitely make it and then send me piece!\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHappy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy the time with those you love and of course all the yummy food!\nIf you liked this recipe make sure to check out my other ones here and leave a comment.