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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What is Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dish?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the USA, and for all of you folks outside the US who may not have experienced a traditional American Thanksgiving, it is quite the calorie-fest.

We gather together to ingest copious amounts of turkey, gravy, stuffing, honey baked ham, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, baked potatoes, basically lots of potatoes, our aunts' amazing casseroles, something green that we pretend is healthy, rolls, cornbread, butter, and honey. Oh, and that's before we get to dessert, where there's pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, whipped cream, ice cream, and a nap from pancreatic shock.

And if that's not enough, some enterprising folks have recently decided that the Thanksgiving feast wasn't insane enough, and came up with inventions such as deep fried turkeys and a turducken, which is a turkey stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a duck. And yes, there are even deep fried turduckens.

And on top of all that, there are Thanksgiving-specific regional and ethnic traditions that means everyone has their own unique Thanksgiving meal.

It is America, and it is awesome.

So. For those of you who have been fortunate enough to participate in this feast, what is your favorite dish? Which one keeps you salivating all morning long at the mere thought of eating it?

For me personally, I have been, and always will be, a pumpkin pie man. Can't get enough of the pumpkin pie.

What about you?






126 comments:

Sarah Nicolas said...

deviled eggs!! my mom hides them from me until dinner

Denise K. Rago said...

It's got to be stuffing. As a child I remember my dad making his homemade stuffing every Thanksgiving. The fond memory has stuck with me.

sue laybourn said...

My home made sage and onion stuffing.

Am conducting an informal poll via Twitter and Facebook on that horror known as sweet potato casserole.

Side dish? Dessert? or Abomination?

M.A.Leslie said...

Sweet potato casserole. Oh the sugar shock.

And don't forget watching football, the kind with pads.

Jeannette Towey said...

Pumpkin pie for me too and I'm a Brit who's never been in the US for Thanksgiving. But I do make pumpkin pie at Hallowe'en every year - it's all gone by Thanksgiving mind you.

Phil said...

We're not American, so we take the opportunity to bake up a huge Portuguese dish of baccalhau a bras. Which is basically cod, friend onions, olives, sliced potato and chopped boiled eggs spread on top. Delicious!

joannehuspek said...

My pumpkin pie is to die for~ made with pie pumpkins, none of that canned stuff. It's so rich and yummy... Of course, I'll eat everything else too.

Terry Odell said...

We were always a small family gathering. I found a recipe for pumpkin apple pie to keep everyone happy without having to bake 2 pies. Also, we love a curried fruit stuffing instead of the usual.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

deprey said...

Stuffing.Bread with gizzards.Wow!

vnrieker said...

I used to love stuffing, mashed potatoes-from-real-potatoes-with-the-skins-and-all, and pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream. Mmmm...

Sadly, I can no longer eat sugar, lactose, gluten, starches, or anything fermented. So I'll be having some raw broccoli and a dry piece of turkey. Boo.

Mira said...

Turdukens? No, that can't be real. You're putting us on, Nathan. That's just mind-boggling, much less deep frying it.

My fav, pumpkin pie, too! Yummy. Closely followed by anything potato. Yum, yum, yum. And the left-overs - that's the best part.

Danielle La Paglia said...

John Wayne Casserole - 1 pound of cheddar, 1 pound of monterrey jack, 6 eggs, green chiles, bake for an hour. Yes, it will clog your arteries beyond repair, but it's freakin awesome. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

elleonthego said...

I'm British but I was lucky to experience Thanksgiving in California, a memorable experience. I was "set upon" bc of my "cute British" accent, lol so didn't get to eat much in between all the questions but I remember the delicious pecan pie, loved it and a chocolate meringue type thingy. Happy thanksgiving!

Sierra McConnell said...

Pizza.

Allow me to explain.

After driving an hour and a half to my sister's house, waiting all day for the turkey, only to see that they hadn't thawed it properly and to watch as they stuck the meat thermometer inside and a wellspring of blood gush out into the kitchen, and then to drive an hour and a half back home, that pizza was the most delicious pizza ever.

So yes. Pizza is my favorite Thanksgiving meal, for it will always remind me of my sister's first Thanksgiving.

RubyRed0 said...

Kentucky Derby pie & peanut butter choc chip cheesecake. ;-)

Natalie Whipple said...

My husband converted me to pumpkin pie, but I also love what my family calls The Salad.

It's got bacon, craisins, almonds, parmesan, green onions, and this raspberry poppy seed vinaigrette. Basically, it's not a healthy salad, it's just THE SALAD.

Raejean said...

For our family its all about the rolls and the Chocolate Mousse Praline Pecan Pie. Chocolate and praline pecans - the perfect combination!

David said...

I need a nap to recover from that post!

Joseph L. Selby said...

Things got serious between me and my now-wife when I told her I loved her more than pumpkin pie. It took awhile before we got to that point, but eventually it happened.

abc said...

Pumpkin pie is pretty awesome. I like it cold with whipped cream on top. If no one was around to scold me, I'd eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner. It is a vegetable, is it not?

But my fave Thanksgiving dish has always been and forever shall be the sweet potatoes--baked with butter and brown sugar and crispy marshmallows on top. Classic.

Josin L. McQuein said...

I detest pie, which is why it's strange that my favorite is desert that calls itself pie. (It's NOT pie, so there)

Butternut Brownie pie is basically graham cracker pie shell full of pecans and graham crackers baked in with sweet syrup to bind it together. Then you put whipped cream on top. No squishy filling like most pie, nice and crunchy.

Rick Daley said...

I like the crispy skin off the breast of the turkey. My second favorite is the turkey leg, cold out of the fridge the next day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tim Riley said...

My mom's stuffing is the highlight of Thanksgiving. she makes so much, I'll be eating stuffing til Sunday. The very thought of it makes me happy.

Tchann said...

Thornton-style green bean casserole. I've never seen its like anywhere but our family table, which means I won't see it tomorrow at my husband's relatives' house. :( But I'm having a small friends-and-family dinner on Sunday, and I'll be damned if that dish isn't on the table!

Stephanie McGee said...

I love warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

And my mom's rolls.

We celebrated Thanksgiving as a family last weekend. It was the only time I could get away, between school and working retail, so we had to do it early. This year we bought a smoked turkey breast and baked yams that we then just sprinkled with brown sugar to eat.

It was delicious. But I did miss the dressing.

Emily White said...

Pumpkin pie. It's just not Thanksgiving without it!

Susan Antony said...

My dressing made with Italian Bread,garlic, apples, re-hydrated dried fruits and shiitake mushrooms.

Joanne Sher said...

Candied yams. But I'm TOTALLY in the minority in my family that way. not always there :(

Summer said...

Stuffing!! And the brandied cranberries...:)

Not a pumpkin pie lover here, but I can put a hurting on chess or pecan pie.

Kaitlyne said...

Honestly? I'm not a fan of traditional Thanksgiving food. I generally dreaded it when I was younger as a result. I'd be forced to eat turkey and cranberry sauce and stuffing to be polite. And then we'd have leftovers and be expected to eat it for a week. :P

Needless to say, I've not actually ever cooked a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I'd prefer steak and potato salad as a nice rare treat.

Cookie said...

Cranberry sauce. I will eat the entire can if left to my own devices. Love that stuff.
The stuffing takes a close second. I eat it drenched in copious amounts of gravy and pepper. Mmmm...

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

I am one of the world's great natural predators of pumpkin pie.

I believe I shall celebrate Thanksgiving again, in honour of all my American friends. Yes, I am just that good of a friend. Pass the pie.

Lovelyn said...

I love the leftover turkey the next day. Something about leftover turkey makes it taste great when you eat it right out of the fridge.

Stephanie Garber said...

Pumpkin pie used to be my favorite too, but recently it switched to green bean casserole. But not just any green bean casserole. Two years ago my family started making it from scratch, cooking the mushrooms ourselves rather than using Campbell's soup, and it is the most delicious thing ever!

I even read a blog yesterday that is normally dedicated to books, where the blog's author urged everyone to do themselves a favor and make their green bean casserole without canned soup. So now I'm spreading the word as well. It really is the best!

Jay said...

The "corn goo" as we like to call it. It's kind of a corn bread pudding and once we put that on the menu, everyone forgot that there was such a thing as stuffing.

Huntress said...

My favorite dish is the:
Turkeystuffingnoodlespecanpumpkinpiecranberriesmashedpotatoeshoneyhamfreshhotrolls.

But then, doesn't everyone?

Chris Phillips said...
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Chris Phillips said...

deviled eggs by far.

Silicon Valley Diva said...

I want to say Turkey, but how can I eat it without being drenched in my mother's homemade gravy? And what's turkey without mashed potatoes & stuffing?

Just one dish? Impossible :-)

Norma Beishir said...

My mother's stuffing was always my favorite, but I haven't had that in eleven years, so I'll have to say pie. Almost any kind of pie. And potatoes. I could live on potatoes.

And I'm not even Irish....

katieleigh said...

Sweet potato "casserole," which is basically a dessert, it has so much sugar and butter. Topped with pecans and brown sugar. And in my oven RIGHT NOW.

Fenris said...

I'd have to say the cranberry sauce, or perhaps the pecan pie. I like pumpkin pie as well, but pecan pie takes the cake here. No pun intended.

The sweet potato souffle my mother makes is wonderful as well, but she doesn't make it every year, so it didn't quite make the top rank.

Diane T said...

At my family's Thanksgiving, it's all about the pie. Sure, we devour a 20+ pound turkey on Thursday and another on Friday, and it's not the same without stuffing, potatoes, and gravy, and my uncle makes homemade rolls to die for. But the pie ... each year we have something called "the pie count" which shows how many pies my mother has made, and how many we have consumed. Last year's count was 37: 10-12 each of apple and pumpkin, 4 blueberry, and couple each of peach, cherry, mixed berry, pecan, blackberry, raspberry apple, etc etc etc.

Pie is not a Thanksgiving dish in our family. It is a religion.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm a starchy girl. Stuffing, especially if it has mushroom and breakfast sausages in it.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Cheryl said...

Mmmmmm! Green bean casserole made with fresh green beans and mushroom soup made from SCRATCH! You'll not find a can of campbell's in this house on Turkey Day.

Munk Davis said...

Rum

Matthew Rush said...

This is going to sound gross to most, but my stepmom (my kids call her gramma Lynn) makes this awesome pearl onion dish with a cream sauce and crispy onions on top.

I can't cook stuff like that but boy is it good.

Anonymous said...

WE have thanksgiving in Canada too. The only real difference is it's in October. Other than that, it's pretty much the same.

I always look forward to the turkey, cranberries, and stuffing. The only time we have it is at thanksgiving and Christmas, so it's a treat worth waiting all year for. In fact, it's not thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without it.

Laura Maylene said...

It's a tie between stuffing and pumpkin pie. Asking me to choose between those two is like asking me to choose between my kids. And I don't have kids. So it's like the pie and stuffing are my kids. Back off!

Carol Riggs said...

Amen to the pumpkin pie! but also, my mom's homemade stuffing, without any of that nasty Stovetop Stuff added to it. :)

Brooke Johnson said...

sweet potatoes. hands down.

Jeigh said...

Ham and ham gravy. Forget about the turkey. Oh, and cherry pie. Mmmm.

barbarienne said...

In my family it's all about the stuffing.

Wars have been fought over less contentious topics than who gets the in-the-bird stuffing instead of the pan-cooked stuffing.

Tensions only escalated when I switched to a cornbread/morel/sage-sausage stuffing. We may have to call in UN Peacekeepers this year.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Stuffing!!! Smothered in gravy! Followed closely by pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream.

Mmmmm...

D.G. Hudson said...

Baked yams (must be the deep orange ones though) laced with cinnamon, vanilla, & brown sugar - at a moderate level - and sometimes with a touch of brandy.

Pumpkin pie would probably be a close second.

Steppe said...

Beta vulgaris eaten Terminator style.
When my huge side dish of steamed beets arrives cooked for a precisely nutritious fifteen minutes and the room lights up with krinkled noses and choruses of Ewww... I know its Thanksgiving. My beet addiction is out of the closet and on full display to all four generations. When a hapless niece or nephew is stupid enough to ask me how I can eat that & tell me how bad they think it smells I go full Terminator style on them, "Just like one a yore diapers PUNK."
Beets umm umm ummmm! I wish I could shake the hand, that shook the hand, of that Pilgrim who first traded some beets for a few leaves of tobacco.

Joyce Tremel said...

Stuffing made the fattening way with real butter and sausage.

For dessert--cinnamon apple pie with caramel drizzled over it.

Ha! Word verification is UNFULL. I don't think so!

Annikka Woods said...

It used to be deviled eggs, but since I seem to have developed an issue with eggs I can't have them.

Now it's pumpkin pie (or pumpkin cheese cake if dad's doing dessert) and pecan pie. I also love the turkey, but more because I make my white enchiladas after the holiday with the leftover turkey, loads of cheese, and onions and chilies and all sorts of yummy stuff. *grin*

Danielle said...

Each member of my family has a different favorite dish. For me, it's mashed potatoes - I love mashed potatoes! - followed by butternut squash and apple pie or lemon meringue. Those are the dishes I look forward to. ;)

Anne R. Allen said...

My favorite part of the feast is the part my mom and I eat in the kitchen--picking bits of skin and stuffing off the turkey while we're carving it to take out to the table.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Believe it or not, I actually saw a photo/recipe of a bacon-wrapped Turducken in honor of the holiday.

For me, I am all about the stuffed and the mashed potatoes. I could make an entire dinner off of those alone.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Confabulationists said...

My father's stuffing with Portuguese sausage (linguica and chorizo). One taste and you are addicted.

Sean said...

Stuffing, crunchy on the edges, with Jimmy Dean's Hot Sauasage. And Pumpkin pie chocolate cheesecake. And the Dallas Cowboys in HD! And turkey pizza rolls...

Tahereh said...

OMG PUMPKIN PIE ALL FOR TAHEREH

PUMPKIN PIE IS BELONG TO TAHEREH! OM NOM NOM NOMMMMMMMMM

Yat-Yee said...

The first Thanksgiving I hosted at my house, I did the whole turkey and cranberry and pumpkin...Haven't cooked a turkey since. Duck is the way to go.

My favorites are the side dishes: potatoes, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts. green beans, sweet potatoes (no marshmallows please!), stuffing.

Hungry.

Down the well said...

The wine.

Dorothy L. Abrams said...

The very best thing on our Thanksgiving table (after the wine) is the stuffing- two kinds of stuffing. The traditional bread stuffing with quantities of chopped onion and celery mixed with broth, butter and eggs is baked separately in a casserole dish because the turkey is stuffed with sausage! Yes, sausage. Not bread crumbs and sausage. Sausage!

Allow me to explain. Go to the butcher and buy Italian sweet sausage and hot sausage in a 4 to 1 ratio--that is 4 lbs of sweet sausage to 1 of hot. Mix thoroughly, meat to meat. Add nothing else. Stuff the neck cavity of the turkey with the sausage, pressing in as much as you can and lace the skin together to keep it inside. This makes your 20 lb turkey a 25 lb. turkey! Figure that into the cooking time please.

When it is done, slice the sausage as you slice the breast meat. Because of the fat in the sausage, your turkey will be moist through out (without basting) and faintly flavored with sausage seasonings from the juices and fragrance. (Of course you should season the turkey as you normally would prior to stuffing and baking.

My stepson insists on using a more conventional breakfast sausage, but it is not the same. However, in either case, there are few sausage left overs for anybody to take home. It is indeed the best!

February Grace said...

I know what I wouldn't want- are they still making those awful Turducken things? I mean, talk about overkill...Frankenstein's holiday dinner.

Potatoes are the best. Fried. Mashed. Scalloped. I never met a potato I didn't like.

Can I just say quickly- on my "to be thankful for" list this year, is this blog and more directly, your kindness and generosity to all of us, Mr. Bransford.

Sure, I may tease you (repeatedly) about really being Luke Skywalker (we kid cause we love) but you truly do have the benevolence and wisdom of the Jedi. You are our beloved Jedi Master of Writing. And you write too, so you get why we're all crazy.

All joking aside, your posts here have been a major help to me the past year in my own writerly journey in that I definitely know what I don't want and that knowledge will save me untold angst.

So from me and my family, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~bru

Liz said...

The stuffing. My grandma has a special recipe that I look forward to every year. Sooo good!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Other Lisa said...

Stuffing, followed by pie. Pumpkin and mince!

Anonymous said...

I prefer bangers and beans.

Diana said...

The whipped cream that is put on top of the pumpkin pie. :)

Scooter Carlyle said...

A dark chocolate cream pie is a staple at my family's. My mom also makes a yam side dish with fresh yams, apples, sometimes peaches, tons of cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter.

HEAVEN.

J. T. Shea said...

Revenge! Best eaten cold. MMMWWWAAAHHHAAAHHHAAA!

And pizza. For my brother's birthday party. Even though we're both Americans. Deep-fried turducken pizza topping, maybe?

J. T. Shea said...

And a very happy Thanksgiving to Nathan and all my fellow commenters!

Abel Christopher said...

Pumpkin Pie no question. Pumpkin pie milkshakes (Jack in the Box) are, in fact, my single favorite thing about the holiday season.

Stuffing though is a close second.

T. Anne said...

I think mashed potatoes and gravy are my all time favorite comfort food. Pumpkin pie is a close second. I'm baking those right now BTW! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Enjoy! Remember, there are no calories tomorrow. ;)

Richard Mabry said...

Cornbread stuffing with plenty of sage. The recipe was passed down from my grandmother, but later I found it in the Southern Living Cookbook.

Jeanne said...

I pretty much love everything between "copious amounts" and "pancreatic shock", with a good green bean casserole added. My personal favorite, which is also my standard potluck contribution, is a Tex-Mex Hominy casserole (note: I'm Ohio born and bred).

Generously butter a 9x9 baking dish. Add two 15-oz cans white hominy (drained), about a cup or so of sour cream, a 7-oz can of green chilies (NOT jalapenos, as I learned the hard way one year), and a cup or so of your favorite shredded cheese blend. I like the Mexican Blend myself. Toss together, top with more cheese. Put in a 350 oven for about 10-15 minutes until it's all gooey and golden brown on top. Make a personal version while you're at it, because there will be no leftovers.

But by far, my favorite holiday side dish is actually the main course--warm family harmony, laughter and togetherness. May you and your families enjoy abundant servings.

Nicole L Rivera said...

Pretty much anything pumpkin and sweet. Plus my mother-in-law makes this awesome Panamanian Arroz con Gondules (Rice with some weird looking beans -- but they taste awesome!!!) Oh, and stuffing. Got to love the stuffing :) Happy TG!

heyjude said...

Save me a piece of the pumpkin pie. I had some back in October on our Canadian Thanksgiving, but I'm game for more.

Jeni said...

I am all about the homemade stuffing (with a little dollop of gravy). Happy Thanksgiving!

Kay Elam said...

My mom's dressing for which there was no written recipe. Before she died, I asked her to tell me, step by step, how to make it.

She said to first make a pan of cornbread in a cast iron skillet. I was a young bride and instead of just writing that down I naively asked, "How do you do that?"

She sighed, shook her head and said, "Never mind."

I miss my mom and at Thanksgiving I really miss her dressing :-)

You know who said...

One of our family favorites is Frog Eye Salad. My aunt introduced it to us when she married my uncle. Anyone who is new to the table is always made to believe we actually use Frogs' eyes for the salad. It is very yummy and has ended up spilling into each of our family gatherings. My aunt always has to double the recipe 'cause she knows we will all ask to take some home. The recipe can be found at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Frog-Eye-Salad/Detail.aspx When my aunt does it, she leaves out the coconut and marshmallows. Happy holidays, All!

dwkazzie said...

Once I started brining our Thanksgiving turkey, it became my favorite dish ... and my favorite part of making the dinner.

Anonymous said...

Humble pie with cream . Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone !

Ada said...

Stuffing! Yum, yum, yum.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brenda said...

I love brussel sprouts

Sierra Gardner said...

I grew up eating this amazing green jello salad that is (seriously) a lot better than it sounds. It's basically melted marshmallows, milk, lime jello, mayo (you don't taste it), pineapple, cream cheese, cool whip and pecans. It's terrible for you - which is probably why it tastes soooooo good. And it's even better the second day. Can't wait!

Suzie F. said...

The whole meal is fantastic, but my favorites would have to be the homemade stuffing and my niece's garlic mashed potatos. Oh! and hot buttery rolls. For dessert, warm apple pie with vanilla icecream!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vincent Kale said...

The Gobblerito! A burrito stuffed with everything having to do with Thanksgiving: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing and a side o' cranberry sauce. It's. uh. mazing!

Anonymous said...

Favorite? Are you nuts? Let's see, Pumpkin Chocolate Tart. No, that's not it. Caramelized Onion Sage Cornbread stuffing? Perhaps, but still not right. Ah, I've got it! It's the Turkey. Always. I love my turkey, with its bacon covered breast, rubbed under the skin with sage butter. Come to Mama, turkey baby. Tomorrow, you're getting yours.

Elaine AM Smith said...

Two vast celebratory meals within a month of the other? Three is you count New Years Eve - party hard!

Elaine AM Smith said...

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Amy said...

Thanksgiving at my house is more like a collision of cultures. We are a rather multi-cultural bunch hailing from pretty much every where with the food to reflect. I can't narrow it down to just one but I can to the top three. I just love baccalhau a bras, breeches (a green bean dish) and spring rolls.

Betty Atkins Dominguez said...

I love stuffing (cornmeal type)with gravy all over it and yummy whole cranberry sauce. Everything in our meal is handmade. This year we are celebrating with my son-in-laws family. My whole family joining with his whole family. Since they are from Mexico, this means I'll get to try all of their traditions as well. Can barely wait til tomorrow!!

swampfox said...

For me it's about the stuffing. If only I could have the celery and yellow onion stuffing my mother used to make. That was tops. Still, I like the stuffing whoever makes it.

Don't forget the candied yams!

Then, while everyone's sitting around digesting, I'm in the computer room revising my third novel!

Until my wife notices I'm gone...

William Jones said...

My dad's baked beans. I normally don't like beans, but I can't get enough of them when he makes them. He uses chunks of beef, bacon, onion's, brown sugar, and onions.

Carson Lee said...

Concur on the pumpkin pie, + watching episode of "Bewitched" where Aunt Clara mistakenly zaps herself and the Stephens family back to Plymouth, and they have to try to fit in with the Pilgrims until Aunt Clara can remember the spell to send them back to the (good old) 1960s - !

William Jones said...

I meant to say Pinapple instead of onion's a second time. Oops.

salima said...

roasted set potatoes!:) butter! cinnamon!!! yumminess!

Horserider said...

Butterscotch pie. It's amazing and my great-aunt makes the best. Thanksgiving is always the best time for them. :)

Geekamicus said...

The leftovers. Let's face it, there's something about seconds. I have never liked the standard custard-type pumpkin pie (scarred in my youth by a bad cook in the family), but I have a fantastic recipe for pumpkin praline chiffon pie -- candied pecans on the crust topped with fluffy pumpkin mixed with whipped egg whites, topped with meringue. It just takes the whole pie experience up a notch. That's also very good as a leftover....

Terry Towery said...

Wow. All these posts and not one unkind word! Coolio. ;)

Me, I think mashed potatoes and gravy are the best part of the meal. Although it's all good, especially the desserts. Too bad we're not having a traditional meal this year. Wife is working the holiday and we're going to my in-laws on Friday for pizza. Yay.

wry wryter said...

A plate full of everything, a table full of everybody.
Remembering the ones departed...oh...and my mother's chocolate cream pie. She made a whole pie just for me. She's gone now but I made two...one just for me.

The Red Angel said...

Wow I've never heard of turducken! Sounds really cool though!! I must say I absolutely love pumpkin pie and my mom's mashed potatoes. :D

Happy Thanksgiving, Nathan!

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Turkey and gravy, and lots of my MIL's cornbread dressing. And, my Mom's stuffing. Yes, we get to eat turkey on two separate days each Thanksgiving. Yum!

Mechelle Fogelsong said...

My Amish ancestors did a corn and oysters casserole that has been passed down for probably over a hundred years. It's still a family favorite.

Anyone else have ancestors from Soudersburg PA with this family recipe? Just curious. Our people live out west now, but the recipe comes from Soudersburg, I'm told.

M. M. Justus said...

My mother used to make the best cornbread dressing (not stuffing -- she's Southern) on the planet. Unfortunately, by the time I realized that if I didn't get the recipe from her soon it was going to be too late, it already was, since she didn't measure anything and she didn't make it anymore.

So I posted on a cooking list I belong to, got some good starting points and monkeyed with them until I got a good reasonable facsimile.

And now I can make cornbread dressing almost as good as my mother's was.

Donea Lee said...

The Thanksgiving meal is my most favorite of the year! Seriously - I look forward to it ALL YEAR LONG! Sure - I suppose I could cook me up some turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes on April 25th, but it's just not quite the same. So - my answer (possibly a cop-out) is the entire meal! (for me) 14 hours and counting!!! Woo hoo!! *looks for my stretchy pants*

John K said...

Get your dogs and puppies a can of Merrick's Turducken dog food...they love it!

Janiel Miller said...

I am feeling so sad for vnrieker up near the top of these comments right now. I am sorry you are Everything-Intolerant and can only eat broccoli and dried turkey for Thanksgiving. That is truly a tragedy. Please turn away from your computer whilst I list my favorite Thanksgiving foods. I don't wish to add to your pain.

1. Turkey stuffed with sausage/cranberry/chestnut dressing
2. Gravy. Graaaaveeeeee. Gravy.
3. Mashed potatoes.
4. Sweet potatoes-baked. Butter. Salt. Pepper. No marshmallows.
5. One black olive for each finger
6. Orange-cranberry sauce. Homemade.
7. Every iteration of pumpkin dessert in existence. This year I am making pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust.
8. Absolutely NO pie called Mincemeat. It is weird. And it contains no meat, minced or otherwise.

Thanks for sticking with this blog, Nathan. And Happy Thanksgiving!

Wolfe said...

Warm Butterball Turkey dipped in Ocean Spray Whole Cranberries. Couldn't get better! :)

Elizabeth Lynd said...

Our family has a prized recipe for creamed corn. No one who has ever been a guest has not later asked about that corn. It's excellent, and a good thing it's a holiday dish because it is far too rich and caloric to be an every day food! Best of all, it's wonderful leftover, too. Yeah, for breakfast.

Lucinda said...

Leftovers!

Turkey omelets

Turkey sandwiches

Turkey salad

On Thanksgiving Day...Turkey is the best, the star of the show.

Elen Grey said...

Sweet Potato Carrot Crisp - hello, garlic!

Leftovers. Leftovers. Leftovers.

That is all.

Bookish said...

It's all about the stuffing!!!! Little bits of leftover bread...crazy, huh?

Brittany said...

My favorite is the leftovers. We make turkey sandwiches and pour gravy on top. But my other favorite would have to be mashed potatoes and gravy. :)

Caroline said...

Turducken always makes me think of that Simpsons episode where Moe is on a date and asks the waiter to bring them their finest dish stuffed with the second finest dish, which turns out to be lobster stuffed with tacos.

For me, it's the stuffing. I could eat a turkey-sized bowl of the...stuff(ing).

Jamie said...

I decided it was time to grow up and host Thanksgiving. Sorry to say ~ considering your feelings on the subject ~ but I killed the pumpkin pie. It was like a negligence thing. But other than that, the day was a rousing success! And my favorite, pecan pie.

evelonies said...

turkey! and sweet potatoes! and mac & cheese! ans pie: apple, peach, berry, pumpkin, it's all good w/ me as long as it's not cherry or mincemeat. basically i just love thanksgiving. all of it. yum! a holiday about eating as much yummy food as possible? YES PLEASE!

Patricia said...

You mean other than seconds?

The Desert Rocks said...

Sweet potatoes--in any form--baked, stuffed into an orange, mashed, fried, sliced and layered under pineapples and marshmallows or plain with butter, salt even garlic.

E. A. Provost said...

Candied Yams, with or without marshmallows. A perfectly good vegetable drowned in brown sugar and butter until all its nutritional value is obliterated. That and the crispy golden brown and delicious skin off the top of the turkey. My favorite pie is a frozen yogurt pie. A tub of whipped topping mixed with a yogurt or two in the fruit flavor of your choice and spooned into a graham cracker crust. Freeze and serve. With more whipped topping if you're lucky.

Jovanna said...

Never had any of those foods mentioned before. Somehow, I feel like I'm missing out.

Terri Coop said...

My husband's best friend should have his own cookbook and cooking show. Along with a perfectly brined turkey with sausage stuffing, we had broccoli cheese casserole, mashed taters, sweet taters (marshmallows baked into the sauce), homemade cranberry/orange sauce and the king of cakes. First layer of chocolate cake that was dense and fluffy at the same time. Second layer of dark chocolate mousse. Third layer was a white chocolate whipped froth. And then he did the dishes. It was an epic win!

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