My peeps and I are headed west for Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with one set of Grans – the Mr’s parents – for the big Eat ‘Til You Pop Day.
We have our own family dinner traditions – green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce, angel biscuits, turkey, and various and sundry desserts. Some of these dishes are the same as the ones my husband and I remember from childhood, others we’ve changed up a little. This year, we’ll combine old and new for a tryptophan feast.
Green bean casserole is a classic, to alter it would be almost sacrilegious. Desserts are welcome no matter what form they take – pumpkin and pecan pies. I’ve even been known to add my beloved cranberries to apple pie.
When the Mr and I were both kids, sweet potatoes were garnished with tiny, toasted marshmallows. My grandma also mixed in pineapple tidbits. At my house, I pile on handfuls of pecan praline topping. It’s really more of a dessert, but The Boy eats it so I count it as a vegetable.
My grandma would turn over in her grave if she knew the shortcut I take when making my angel biscuits, but I don’t think she’d be able to tell the difference from hers. (Think Bisquick…)
Cranberry sauce back in the day came from a can. You opened both ends and pushed through the gelatinous, maroon cylinder onto a serving dish, slicing along the ridges for uniform medallions. I prefer cranberry relish with real berries.
Turkeys were stuffed and roasted half a day. Now, we brine our bird for 24-hours then deep fry it in less than one hour.
This year, we’ll probably also have stuffing-slash-dressing, perhaps some mashed potatoes (The Boy can make a mean dish of taters), and gravy. If I make whiny noises, I may even get some devil eggs. (I’m the only one in my little family who loves these golden nuggets of deliciousness – but I’m also the only one who appreciates eggnog and fruitcake at Christmas.)
I told my kids about a dish my mother used to make with canned pear halves. A little dollop of mayo in the center, topped with some shredded Velveeta. My husband remembers a similar side item, only with cottage cheese… hopefully we won’t be recreating these culinary delights.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, or least favorite?
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I agree with Marie – stuffing from inside the bird is where it’s at. I think it’s because you don’t get it but once or twice a year that makes it my favorite thing to eat on turkey day.
I love real stuffing, the kind my mom makes with the liver and everything. It’s not so much a t-giving tradition since we don’t celebrate it in Canada, but at Christmas? -oh boy oh boy!
Similar menu here, sans the green bean casserole and add butternut squash soup. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.
mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, turkey, deviled eggs, and enough pumpkin pie to feed 10 of me
Our feast is similar to yours, with just a couple of variations. The green beans are almondine. The sweet potatoes are sliced and backed in a casserole with an orange brown sugar glaze, And the turkey is stuffed at both ends with different stuffings. No rolls. But the white potatoes are mashed (platform for gravy, don’t you know), the cranberry sauce is homemade and whole-berry, and the desserts are decadent. Periodically I toy with the idea of changing it up a bit, but I I know there’d be a mutiny, so I go with tradition.
Tradition is good. Hope you and yours have a filling and satisfying Thanksgiving.
Thanks, Tara. Have a safe journey and a wonderful Thanksgiving. Oh, and say “hey” to Elvis for me.
I like pineapple and sweet potatoes together, but haven’t had that in a long while. Safe travels and enjoy!
Thanks, I hope you and yours have a festive holiday too.