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I am looking for something new to add to our Thanksgiving meal. What are some of your unique traditions? One of ours is that we always have from scratch cherry pie instead of pumpkin.
This is our menu for this year. Mom and I just went over it yesteday!
french chocolate silk pie
My sister does Enchaladas for Thanksgiving and Taco's for Christmas eve!! LOL Her husband doesn't like turkey or ham.
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I would like to know how to make saurkraut salad. My DH won't touch it but the rest of my family would probably like it. My husband has an aunt that makes homemade tamales for Thanksgiving. They are great.
Roasted garlic mashed spuds
Noodles in chicken broth (to go over the mashed spuds)
A pie for those who don't like gingerbread or pumpkin (cheating here, it will probably be a frozen pie)
Luckily, I don't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. My SIL has taken over that job. But the first time she had Thanksgiving dinner she made a cauliflower gratinee that was the best thing I had eaten in awhile. The recipe is in The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook on page 305. I rarely make it because it is so rich but I can't wait to get to her house. I requested that it be a tradition.
We'll be having:
Fried Turkey, injected with creole butter
Bacon wrapped green beans
baked sweet potatoes, the real ones, not from a can
sliced cucumbers in italian dressing
being that we will be at my husband's grandmother's house, we'll probably also have pot roast w/ rice and gravy. and maybe, cabbage cooked down with bacon.
she usually gets the cheesecake tray, too.
I guess that's all, or whatever else we may bring.
Our traditional turkey this year will have Baked SpiralHam with Bourbon Glaze( my other half does)
Then Mashed whipped potatoes
Candied carrots and candied yams
Green beans-fresh w/ ham
Apple-Raisin Stuffing and turkey Gravy
Pumpkin Pie- Cherry Pie and Rum Cake
I'm hungry already
This is a traditional side dish we ALWAYS have at Thanksgiving and Xmas. The kids are all appalled but the adults love it. When I was in England several years ago, we had mashed or steamed rutabagas in all the pubs. Yum. It's kind of like a big yellow turnip.
Peel rutabaga(s) and cut into one inch chunks. Use a sharp knife. Cover with water and boil until fork tender, like a potato. Drain. Return to put with LOTS of butter, salt and pepper. Mash. Serve. Fabulous.
One other thing, at my mom's house, rolls are NOT ALLOWED. Don't ask me why.
Crystal, here is the recipe we always use for saurkraut salad
1 qt.saurkraut drained
2 green peppers
2 red peppers
2 cups celery
1/2 cup onion
chop all the above fine and mix
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
boil and cool. Pour over vegetables and mix. (celery seed and pimento may also be added)
This is best if after you mix the dressing with the salad, that you refrigerate for about 24 hours. One of those dishes that get better if it sits a few days
I always make this salad and there is never any left.. this is a serving of 6 .. of course, the usual turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed taters and sweet potato casserole ...
Cranberry Pecan Salad
It is fun to read all the menus. My family includes a strawberry jello salad with a sour cream layer. I think it is a very Midwestern thing. It is one thing the kids actually look forward to along with the mashed potatoes and rolls. I also make a graham cracker pie, which is basically a custard pie, baked in a graham cracker shell with a meringue top. Delicious!
I like to have the traditional foods----turkey, dressing, sweet potatos, lots of pickles, cranberry relish, something green, plus others---but try to find different preparations so it's more "special."
My biggest problem with traditional southern T'givng dishes is that they all tend to be soft and casserole- or pudding-like: dressing, potato or spinach souffle, casseroles, etc etc. I'm always looking for ways to provide some texture!
I get to cook again this year - we're having:
Mashed potatoes w/gravy
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Potato Salad (family tradition/special recipe)
Green Bean casserole
I think that's it!
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We are having:
turkey + bread stuffing + cornbread stuffing (long story)
twice baked potatoes
sweet potato casserole
gelatin salad of some sort
tapioca fruit pudding
Hmm I feel like there's more but I'm not looking at my list.
I think the best part of Thanksgiving is celebrating the fall vegetable harvest - squash of all types, apples, onions, roasted veggies of every color of the rainbow!