Favorite Thanksgiving foods!

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  1. lucybelle

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    What do you normally have on your table?

    We always have a turkey, stuffing (dressing I guess some people call it), mashed potatoes, peas and corn, gravy, bread and sometimes cranberry sauce (just the stuff from the can). We've also had mashed sweet potatoes, it just depends if someone wants to make them. For dessert I always make about 4 pumpkin pies, one giant apple pie, and some other new pie (has been chocolate chess pie, peach cobbler, etc). I think for this and all other Thanksgivings to come we'll probably add in a picadillo.

    YUM! Can barely wait!
     
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    My favorite Thanksgiving food is stuffing. I would rather eat that than the mashed and sweet potatoes that are usually offered. My second favorite is my mom's homemade cranberry sauce. I could eat the whole bowl!!!
     
  4. Ima Teacher

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    We always have turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, Lima beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, and rolls.

    My favorite is Mom's cornbread dressing. Yummy!

    A big gathering for us was me, my husband, my dad, and my mom. Dad died in 2009. My husband and I divorced over the summer. Mom is still cooking the traditional meal. Her boyfriend might join us. His family has the evening meal. We eat the big meal at lunch and have leftovers for supper.
     
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    Ima, how do you make that cornbread dressing?
     
  6. SpecialPreskoo

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    Cranberry sauce and a good sweet potato caserole with all the fixings on top... nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, CALORIES!!! You know what I mean! :D
     
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    Urg, too much! Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli casserole, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, coconut cream pie, and chocolate cake. Not to mention the appetizers... shrimp cocktail, assorted veggies with cucumber dip, chips with artichoke spinach dip. And wine. Lots of wine.
     
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    This is what I like:
    - stuffed turkey
    - stuffing made by me (cannot stand the store bought one)
    - mashed potatoes
    - baked yam, with pecans and honey on top
    - some steamed green veggies like green beans, broccoli, or even bok choy
    - a simple tossed salad
    - cranberry sauce made from fresh cranberries
    - sometimes also corn or carrots
    (everything is made from fresh ingredients, no canned or boxed food)

    dessert:
    - vanilla ice cream with warm apple pie / pumpkin pie
     
  9. Ms. I

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    Same here! My mom's stuffing recipe is THE BEST & that's the only food I care about on TG!...I know, everyone thinks their mom's cooking is the best. Otherwise, I eat turkey regularly throughout the year.
     
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    I LOVE cranberry sauce!
     
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    Turkey
    Chicken and dressing (not stuffing as stuffing doesn't contain meat according to my grandmother and it has conbread and regular bread in it)
    Homemade cranberry sauce (my specialty)
    Candied yams
    fresh yeast rolls
    green bean casserole
    pumpkin pie
    pumpkin pie cheesecake

    Favorite - Chicken and dressing :D
     
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    We're northerners...we call it stuffing. My recipe is from Mom, who makes it her mom's way...and it's the best.

    We also have:

    Turkey
    Gravy
    Son makes cran sauce
    Other son makes mashed potatoes
    Sweet potatoes...usually a oatmeal cookie crumb topping sweet potato casserole
    Stir fried green beans

    DIL is a pastry chef and makes pie from real pumpkins:p
     
  13. Ima Teacher

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    Nothing is measured. It's a toss and taste method. :thumb:

    Bake the cornbread in an iron skillet. Cook minced celery and onion in water until soft. Crumble cornbread in a large bowl. Add onions & celery. Add rubbed or ground sage, black pepper, and salt. Add turkey broth and stir until moist. Spread in a greased baking pan and bake until hot and brown on top.
     
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    I love all the foods at Thanksgiving! I'm only dreading trying to add them all to My Fitness Pal :lol:

    We typically eat at two places, so we always have turkey, sometimes ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing (yummo!), sweet potatoes (baked or casserole), green beans or corn, celery with cream cheese, pickles & olives, rolls, cranberry sauce, and homemade noodles, as well as several pies and cookies.

    I love sweet potatoes & stuffing. I can live without cranberry sauce, and I can get by with just a little taste of some of the other stuff.
     
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    My favorite is our glazed fruit salad.
     
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    We also do the celery and cream cheese, sweet pickles and olives. Have you tried the pineape cream cheese spread? It's not sold in the cream cheese aisle, but in the aisle with the condiments and relishes (I think).
     
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    My favorite food is dark meat turkey and stuffing smothered in gravy. I could eat just that and be happy. My sister makes homemade sausage, sage, and apple stuffing, but I really like the boxed kind, too. We also have red-skinned potatoes, green bean casserole, a veggie of some sort, sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping, relish tray with other appetizers, and pecan and pumpkin pie.
    I've always wondered how other people serve their turkey. Ours has never been carved at the table (like you see in movies). My dad usually cuts it up, separates the meat, and is usually warmed up before it is served.
     
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    I love most Thanksgiving foods. :)

    My favorite thing to make is a spinach and wild rice casserole. It's super easy to make and transport, if necessary.

    Two boxes of Uncle Ben's wild rice (the kind with the seasoning packet)
    Two cans of chicken broth
    One package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
    One page of cream cheese
    Pine nuts (optional)

    Cook the rice (and seasoning packets) with the chicken stock in place of the water. Add the cream cheese and stir until well mixed. Add the spinach and stir until well mixed. Add the pine nuts (optional, for texture).

    You can serve it as-is, or you can bake it in the oven for 20-30 minutes. I like it in the oven because it gets a little crispy around the edges. Yum!

    (And I hate cream cheese, but it's essential for this recipe.)
     
  19. Blue

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    We have the usuall stuff. I do plan to add pumpkin cheese cake this year.
     
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    I was well into my teens before I realized that most people don't regard pumpkin pie as a breakfast food.
     
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    That's pretty similar to my grandmother's dressing recipe. Except ours doesn't have any sage. She said, "No one in our family likes sage." (For the record, I like sage just fine, but not in her dressing!) She also has some secret ingredients that, once I found them out, made me realize why her dressing is so, so good!
     
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    Sounds yum.
     
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    A good lemon cream pie is great too! I don't care for the usual pumpkin.
     
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    Nothing beats a homemade pecan pie.
     
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    Thanks, Ima Teacher. I'm thinking of trying that this year for something new. Sounds yummy and easy.
     
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    Standard Black Friday breakfast in my house!
     
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    Here's my grandmother's dressing recipe, written down as she dictated it to me over the phone. I took out the notes about who in my family is allergic to what, or doesn't like this or that. I left in the notes about buying the ingredients.

    Mamaw’s Dressing
    Chicken broth, good and hot
    Chicken boullion
    2 packages cornbread mix not the muffin mix kind (hard to find in Florida)
    6 eggs to one package
    Toast 2 pieces of white bread (sticks together better)
    Seasoning vegetable mix (frozen, usually at the bottom of the freezer in the store) in skillet with butter, sauté (or fresh vegetables)
    Put some butter maybe a stick in the whole thing in there anytime
    You can cook a chicken, or just buy a rotisserie one at the store and tear it all up
    Salt and pepper, no sage
    Cook 30 minutes or an hour at 400 or 450 brown on top

    It's my favorite food. It's also my dad's favorite food, even though it's my mom's mom's recipe (though he would never admit it while his own mother was alive.) It's super easy.
     
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    We have Turkey, my mom's homemade stuffing, green bean casserole, yams with marshmallows on top, mashed potatoes, corn souffle, my great grandma's cranberry sauce and rolls. Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Cool Whip Pie for desert.
     
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    I host Thanksgiving each year. We have brined turkey, dressing (which is stuffing but not cooked in the bird), mashed potatoes, gravey, green beans, green salad, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole (not a marshmallow in it), and rolls. Of course we graze on finger foods early in the afternoon before dinner.
     
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    You're all making me hungry! We usually have turkey, bread dressing, oyster cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce (none of the canned jellies allowed) mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls with butter, sweet potatoes, and about half a dozen pies. That's my family. Sweets's family has most of the same stuff minus the sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. I have been introduced to some sort of dressing that includes slivered almonds and raisins (among other stuff). I think it is acutally a Channukah dish, but I have no idea what it's called. It is amazingly delicious though.
     
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    Since I'm going to eat a TG buffet at a restaurant on TG, I'll probably make my mom's stuffing recipe around Christmas...maybe, if I feel like cooking.
     
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    I have never liked turkey, so for our school's Thanksgiving meal growing up, I'd always ask for no turkey but two rounds of their wonderful stuffing! I probably did that every year past second grade.
     
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    I'm trying to figure out why our school's Thanksgiving meal this year is on Friday. We do have school Monday and Tuesday next week...
     
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    We are going out to eat also so I figured I could make Thanksgiving foods for Chrismtas since my mom usually makes a turkey among other things.
    My favorites are sweet potato casseroles (I've never made them but I like the ones with brown sugar and pecans), stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce that I make myself and add a little kick to it. I detest the canned stuff! I also love the little snacky things everyone has before dinner. Sometimes I make spicy cranberry meatballs.
     
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    Pecan Pie
    Good dressing and gravy
     
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    I'm on my way Coach!
     
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    My favorite is definitely mashed potatoes and gravy made from the turkey drippings. Mmmmm...

    My bf's parents make a type of sweet potato casserole that is amazing with coconut, marshmallows, rum, and almonds. So good.
     
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    If all goes as planned, I'll be indulging at the Vegas buffets at Christmas time, so I guess no traditional TG food then either after all.

    Has anyone make a turducken before?
     
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    I have had turkducken! It wasn't bad...we wanted to try something different and that sure is different!
     

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