In talking with a lot of friends, I’ve determined that Thanksgiving, of all of the traditional holidays, seems to demand the most “set” menu. For instance, my family will welcome unusual foods for virually any other holday dinner, but Thanksgiving MUST be pretty much what it always has been.
In our very large extended family dinner
Turkey of course, and stuffing – it has to be sausage stuffing. No one will accept any substitutions.
Mashed potatoes with gravy
Canned yams, I always offer to make real sweet potato casserole with roasted potatoes mashed with a pecan streussel topping, but everyone says they like canned yams better.
My sisters mini-marshmellow, heavy cream, fruit cocktail salad. I can’t stand it, but everyone else loves it.
Green been casserole,
Canned cranberry sauce, nothing else
Shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, with my grama’s old fashioned relish tray with black olives from the can, mini gerkins, bread and butter pickes and dill spears.
For desert, chocolate cream pie made with instant chocolate pudding in a grahm cracker crust. I told my grandmother I’d be in charge of pies this year, so maybe I’ll sneak in a real one and see if people know the difference. Although we go through about 3 of them each holiday.
Turkey with stuffing
Mashed Potatoes w/ homemade noodles on top instead of gravy
Cranberry Salad w/ walnuts and oranges- my mom’s recipe
Sweet potatoe casserole
Pumpkin Pie, Brownies, Buckeyes, and PB Fudge
Turkey, brined over night and stuffed with my husband’s grandmother’s sage sausage stuffing. Homemade all the way. Homemade cranberry sauce. Butternut squash soup. My mother’s cranberry ambrosia salad. Steamed green beans. Mashed potatoes with parsley and romano cheese.
And a couple antacids 🙂
Same as above mentioned and…
Twiced Baked Potatoes..
ooooh Happy Holidays 🙂
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