Easy Thanksgiving Recipes – Cherry Pie & Green Bean Casserole

On the last two Tempting Tuesdays, I shared some of my Thanksgiving recipes with you. Two weeks ago, I gave you my Gourmet Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Topping and last week, I shared My Favorite Pecan Pie recipe.

I make a cherry pie, too. Would you like that recipe? It’s a tough one.

Cherry Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 pie crusts
  • 2 cans of cherry pie filling (sometimes I use the low sugar version if it has Splenda, and sometimes I use the full sugar version)

Instructions:

  1. Press one pie crust into a deep dish pie plate. Open the pie filling and scrape it into the pie plate next.
  2. Make four cut outs in the remaining pie crust. I like to use miniature cookie cutters, but you could also cut a couple of Xs or just make slits.
  3. Lay the second pie crust on top of the pie filling, and press the edges together. You may need to use a bit of water or egg to get them to stick nicely. Cut the top crust so that it’s even with the bottom crust, and finish the edge however you want.
  4. Bake until the crusts are golden brown.

Are you impressed? Everyone always raves about all that work I did to make three pies, but they are all so easy that it’s embarrassing.

Since that cherry pie recipe seemed like a cop out on Tempting Tuesday, here’s a bonus cop out recipe that I make for every Thanksgiving.

Green Bean Casserole is one of those recipes that is synonymous with Thanksgiving for me. If we have it for dinner at another time of year, I instantly think about all of the wonderful sights and smells of the holiday season. It’s comfort and happiness with a gooey, cheesy crust on top. Enjoy!

Green Bean Casserole
Ingredients:

  • About 4 cups of green beans, drained and cut into bite-sized pieces (You can use thawed frozen beans, canned beans, or steamed fresh beans. Two 14-oz commercial cans will work if you want to go that route.)
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can of condensed cream of mushroom soup (I buy low sodium, fat free soup, but you can buy whatever you want.)
  • 2 or 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 (10 oz) can of cheddar-flavor French Fried onions

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine green beans, soup, 1 cup of cheese, garlic, and onion powder. Mix well. I usually do this the night before so that I don’t have to bother on the morning of Thanksgiving.
  2. Transfer green bean mixture to a casserole dish. Top with remaining shredded cheese.
  3. Bake at 350, until bubbly and heated through. Add the French Fried onions and bake until onions are browned, usually 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

Image courtesy of Rochelle Hartman

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Comments

  1. Helene says

    The cherry pie sounds yummy! We’re not huge pumpkin pie fans here so the cherry pie would probably go over well if I made it!

    Your green bean casserole sounds so good…now I know what mine’s been missing…the cheese!! I don’t know it never occurred to me to put cheese in it. And making it the night before…I totally just had a “duh” moment. I can never think of ways to make my life easier until I hear it from someone else!!

  2. Helene says

    The cherry pie sounds yummy! We’re not huge pumpkin pie fans here so the cherry pie would probably go over well if I made it!Your green bean casserole sounds so good…now I know what mine’s been missing…the cheese!! I don’t know it never occurred to me to put cheese in it. And making it the night before…I totally just had a “duh” moment. I can never think of ways to make my life easier until I hear it from someone else!!

  3. pennie mills says

    I never thought to put cheese in my green bean casserole, will have to try that :) Love onion powder, thanks for the recipes!

  4. pennie mills says

    I never thought to put cheese in my green bean casserole, will have to try that :) Love onion powder, thanks for the recipes!

  5. A Frugal Housewife says

    I just had a cherry pie last week but it was bought from a local shop. I might have to give this recipe a try.

  6. A Frugal Housewife says

    I just had a cherry pie last week but it was bought from a local shop. I might have to give this recipe a try.

  7. Sab says

    Ok, wanting to try the green bean recipe… love green beans, not so favorable towards cherries (not sure why). Never heard of canned cheddar onions though… hmmm. Thanks for posting these!

  8. Sab says

    Ok, wanting to try the green bean recipe… love green beans, not so favorable towards cherries (not sure why). Never heard of canned cheddar onions though… hmmm. Thanks for posting these!

  9. Mamasphere says

    I made a “homemade” cherry pie just a few days ago! The crust was homemade, but the middle was all can. So easy! For Thanksgiving, I’ll probably use store bought crust to give myself a break.

  10. Mamasphere says

    I made a “homemade” cherry pie just a few days ago! The crust was homemade, but the middle was all can. So easy! For Thanksgiving, I’ll probably use store bought crust to give myself a break.

  11. Felicia says

    Yum! Thanks for new recipes! By the way..I tried to drop my EC and it said invalid.. i guess EC is acting up again!

  12. Felicia says

    Yum! Thanks for new recipes! By the way..I tried to drop my EC and it said invalid.. i guess EC is acting up again!

  13. Jenn says

    I LOVE cherry pie but have been unable to make it as good as my grandma. I’ll try this one next. Thanks for posting it.

  14. Jenn says

    I LOVE cherry pie but have been unable to make it as good as my grandma. I’ll try this one next. Thanks for posting it.

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