What do you love to have for your family's Thanksgiving meal?

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  1. TennisPlayer

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    I need to start thinking about what I'm going to bring for Thanksgiving. I'd like to bring at least a side or entree that includes food that is seasonal. :)

    Besides the typical turkey and pumpkin pie, what do you love to eat at Thanksgiving? :)


    I'll start:

    I love potato salad, deviled eggs, potatoes au gratin, yum!
     
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  3. clarnet73

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    My dad makes an awesome raisinberry Relish of golden raisins and cranberries. We can't eat turkey without it, Thanksgiving or otherwise.

    My family for years has had my Aunt Marla's Orange Salad... one with cool whip, oranges, orange jello, marshmellows, and cottage cheese. Even if it's just the 4 of us, we need a double batch.

    My family has also been known to skip the pumpkin pie and do mincemeat... don't even bother making a pie, just eat it over icecream or straight out of the jar.

    Either Thanksgiving or Christmas MUST include sweet potato casserole. :)
     
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    MMM, others traditions are very interesting. We seem to be very traditional. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, green salad, rolls, pumpkin pie. I will sometimes make a peanut butter pie. We are a pretty small family, so we usually have way too much food.
     
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    The 89 cent can of jellied cranberry sauce...lol!

    My sister makes a great mashed potato casserole that I enjoy and I'll only eat sweet potatoes if they have marshmallows on top!
     
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    Our dinner is as traditional as Blue's, but add the pumpkin pie, along with the cranberry sauce, and sparkling cider!
     
  7. Ms. I

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    If I can just have my mom's fabulous stuffing (her own recipe), I don't really care about anything else. I'm used to eating turkey all the time.
     
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    We have to have the same exact thing for our meal every year and it is very simple.

    Turkey
    Stuffing
    Gravy
    Mashed potatoes
    Sweet Potatoes
    Rolls
    Corn
    Lima Beans
    Sauerkraut
    Homemade pickles
    Celery stuffed with cream cheese
    Canned cranberry sauce
    Pumpkin pie
    Apple Pie
    Pecan Pie

    It never ever changes from when I was a kid and that's what I love about it. My grandma, even though she is in her 80's, still insists on making the whole meal by herself.
     
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    Oh I forgot to add celery and peanut butter!
     
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    Don't care what we have as long as we have momma's sweet potato casserole w/marshmallows, pecans, and brown sugar melted on top.:wub: Oh, and her home-made pecan pie. :thumb:
     
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    My grandfathers barley tomato soup - its our 1st course. No one really likes it except my family. I don't think we will be having this year as I will be with my inlaws and my uncle who always makes it is going to visit his wifes family.
     
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    All the above, Blue ..... maybe baked ham... half and half with the turkey.... heavy on the potatoes and gravy....... please....... then I give myself about 5-6 days to get back down to my fighting weight of 225
    lbs.......:lol::lol:
     
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    we are very traditional, but I do make my potato rolls. It takes a while to make them, but they are so worth it! I have also made Swedish apple squares- a recipe I got from a military friend 20+years ago. Always a favorite!
     
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    My job was always the ambrosia but not the kind with coconut and marshmallows and nuts. I just put in pink grapefruit, navel oranges, tangerines, and any other oranges I can find. We grew the fruit.
    Grandmother made the rolls and we cannot reproduce them.
    I also smoked a turkey the night before. Pecan pies are always made for me.
     
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    Homemade cranberry relish
    Son makes mashed potatoes
    I make an oatmeal cookie topped sweet potato mash
    Turkey
    gravy
    Sausage, apple stuffing
    Green beans with sesame and soy/hoisin glaze

    Considering a brussels sprouts dish- my sister makes them, all chopped up and roasted...so deleicious even those who swear they hate brussels sprouts like them but I'm undecided on this one as my guests tend to like 'the usual'. :whistle:
     
  16. Blue

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    czacza, how do you make your brussel sprouts? I am always looking for great veggie recipes.
     
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    Our stuff is not so simple. Since it is my turn to make dinner, I wish we were simpler!
     
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    czacza- that cookie sounds good...is it a big cookie like a pie, or a batch?
     
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    turkey
    sage dressing with apples and celery
    mashed potatoes
    gravy
    cranberry orange relish
    butternut squash
    sliced cucumbers and dill in sour cream
    green olives

    pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream
    stuffed dates
    nuts


    I can't remember eating anything else for Thanksgiving for over 50 years.
     
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    MASHED POTATOES....yummmmmmmm
     
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    Its not Thanksgiving without my mom's cornbread dressing. I'll have to get her recipe and try to make it this year since we are traveling out of state to DD's house this year. :)
     
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    My sister makes them and I have to get the recipe from her but it's like this one:
    Ingredients
    1 pint (about 10 ounces) Brussels sprouts

    1 Medium onion, peeled and sliced

    2 Garlic clove, peeled and minced

    1 t. Olive oil

    Salt to taste
    Preheat the oven to 450 F°. Remove any wilted or yellowed leaves from the Brussels sprouts and trim the stem close to the heads. Cut each head vertically into thin slices. Break the onion slices apart into rings and add to the sprouts along with the garlic and a light sprinkling of salt. Spray generously or drizzle with olive oil, toss the vegetables to coat them lightly with oil, and spread out evenly in a thick skillet or non-stick baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are lightly browned and tender, stirring once or twice as they roast. Serve hot as a side dish.



    It's mashed up sweet potatoes and a crumble made for the top - crushed oatmeal cookies, butter....so good. Baked in a casserole dish. Yum.
     
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    My sister makes delicious Brussels sprouts--cut into quarters or eighths, steam for a few minutes until almost tender then saute in butter with garlic, shallots and pancetta. Finish with a splash of heavy cream.
     
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    Corn Casserole!!! Mmmm...love it!!!
     
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    Czacza

    so it isn't that the cookie is topped with the potato..it is sort of a sweet potato cobbler? Sounds lovely.

    As for the rest of the meal,

    Butternut squash/or other made with Brn sugar, butter, Cinn and half a can of whole cranberry sauce from a can.

    homemade cranberry sauce with oranges

    turkey

    stuffing with walnuts, celery, apple and sage

    green salad with Craisins

    Corn, Green Beans

    Sweet Potato but my kids don't like the marshmellows. Just butter, cinn and brn sugar.

    Mashed potato

    Gravy

    ham

    rolls
     
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    Gravy and more gravy. I love turkey gravy.
     
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    We always have prime rib for Thanksgiving, but we also make a turkey so we have leftovers for the rest of the weekend! And homemade rolls for the sandwiches.

    Oh, and frog eye salad. Leftover turkey sandwich with mayo on a homemade roll, with a side of frog eye, while watching the Huskers beat CU on Friday afternoon? Yes please!
     
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    For me, Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without Mom's cornbread dressing.

    DH loves Mom's sweet potato casserole.
     
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    We have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at our house each year with my parents, grandparents, and in-laws. We start with a variety of appetizers that we graze on for lunch. Dinner is at dinner time and we have:
    Brined and BBQed Turkey
    Stuffing with apples, cranberries, and walnuts
    Green salad with pears and bacon
    Green beans
    Mashed potatoes
    Gravey
    Sweet potatoes with an orange/brown sugar glaze with pecans
    Homemade rolls
    Homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest and orange juice
    Olives
    Celery with cheese whiz (my favorite)
    Pumpkin pie
    Apple Pie
    Pecan pie
    Mincemeat pie (with homemade venison) - not at all my favorite!
     
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    I'm a Northern Boy, but is dressing the same as stuffing?
     
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    Had to look up the 'frog eye salad'. :eek:
    It's so yummy...

    7 large sweet potatoes
    1 stick (1/4 c.) unsalted butter, softened
    1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
    fresh orange juice
    1 c. sweet orange marmalade
    1 Tbsp. of gingerroot, finely grated
    2 tsp. of salt

    For Topping:

    14 crisp oatmeal cookies, broken into pieces (approx. 3 c.)
    1 stick of cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. and butter a baking dish, 13 x 9 x 2. Prick potatoes and bake until tender an d very soft; approximately 90 minutes.

    2. Scoop out potatoes and mash with butter, sugar, juice, marmalade, gingerroot and salt. Spread into baking dish. Let cool to room temperature (can make a day ahead).

    3. In food processor, grind cookies fine. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles cookie dough. Wrap topping in wax paper and chill in refrigerator - - 2 hours.

    4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.; crumble topping over potatoes and bake in middle of oven until crumbles are lightly browned, approximately 25 minutes.
    'Dressing' tends to be a Southern term...also: dressing if it's cooked outside the turkey, stuffing if it was inside...
     
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    What is frog eye?
     
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    Yes. In Delaware, (in the middle) we use both interchangeably. But in Central PA they call it "filling". That really threw me for a loop when I first heard that.
     
  35. Blue

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    Oh, thanks. It looks better than the name implies.
     
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    Pumpkin pie - for breakfast, while everything else is beginning to cook. I was in my teens before I realized that most people think pumpkin pie is a dessert.
     
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    Seriously, people don't know what frog eye is? OMG, how you are missing out! It's a church pot luck staple around here.

    I don't have an exact recipe, and I didn't look at the one cza linked, but in mine I put:

    acini de pepe pasta
    cool whip
    crushed pineapple
    mandarine oranges
    mini marshmallows
    a syrup made of lemon juice, sugar and a little flour.

    It's a totally old lady salad, but sooooo good.
     
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    This recipe is pretty close to the one I use. But skip the coconut, unless you really like it. I forgot about the eggs.
     
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    Must have oyster dressing.

    And yes, dressing = stuffing. I grew up in Southern Delaware and heard both.
     
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    Besides turkey, I have to have mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, homemade rolls, and cream puffs for dessert!
     
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    I don't know if I am out of the frog eye loop, I will have to ask my friends if they have heard of it. The only frog eye that I have heard of is tapioca puddding.

    Now, cream puffs would be a great addition to our meal.
     

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