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What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day dish?

Asked by chyna (45504points) 2 months ago from iPhone

You can give us the recipe, too if you would like. Mine is peanut butter chocolate pie.

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canidmajor's avatar

Yes.
Except the whole yam thing, yuk. But really, I can’t pick a favorite.

Dutchess_III's avatar

My stuffing pared with Rick’s gravy.

This recipe came from my exes sister in the 80s.

Saute
Onions
Raisens
Celery
And other stuff. I can’t remember what. Saute the hell out of it.
Then mix it up with your dried bread (I make bread 2 days before and set it out to dry.)
Mix it all up and stick it in the bird. God X
I’ll try to remember what all I saute up. I want to say mushrooms but I don’t think I use them…

jca2's avatar

My grandmother’s and mother’s stuffing, which is made with sausage, rolls, eggs, celery, onions. I made it once, when my mom had cancer and she told me what to do. I vaguely remember sauteeing the onions and celery in a pan with the sausage, then it went in a bowl with the broken up (Kaiser rolls) and eggs, and I’m sure some spices were added like celery salt and whatever else.

I also like mashed potatoes.

In my family, we didn’t do a sweet potato casserole, just regular sweet potatoes from the oven, sliced. We didn’t do string bean casserole, just boiled string beans. We also would have beets (my grandmother was Czech and beets were very popular for many meals). There were always lots of other things, on the table, probably rice, too, for those that liked rice, and maybe broccoli, and dinner rolls, and of course gravy.

I remember when my mom married my stepfather, one year we went to my stepfather’s mother’s house for Thanksgiving and it was turkey and boiled onions and that was it. We were amazed (not verbally, of course) that that was it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Going to other people’s houses for formal meals is always eye opening. Rick’s family, for example, always has chicken and noodles. Over mashed potatoes.
Say what?

longgone's avatar

My husband’s family makes a really good dish of mashed sweet potatoes, with a caramelized crust. That’s my favourite, by far. Sweet potatoes only became part of my life about five years ago. I have a lot of catching-up to do!

chyna's avatar

@Dutchess_III My mom always made chicken and noodles at Thanksgiving for me. I was a picky eater as a kid, so that was about all I would eat. She continued the tradition even after I grew up and was a lot less picky. Good memories! Thanks for mentioning that dish.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I never knew I liked sweet potatoes either until a few years ago. It’s a dish we never had.
What is the caramelized topping @longgone?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Apparently a LOT of people have chicken and noodles at Thanksgiving @Chyna! It was just odd to me. Still is. I mean, I love the stuff but it seems like such a casual, lunchy thing to me. Like Mac and Cheese…

cookieman's avatar

Roasted sweet potatoes
Dark meat turkey
Gravy
Blueberry pie

My favorites

jca2's avatar

This year, I’m planning to stay home with my daughter, and I’m seriously considering making a chicken instead of a turkey. I have to see, I’m not sure yet, but even a turkey breast is too much meat and if I bought turkey like from Boston Market, it’s $45 which is a lot of money for two people.

Hamb's avatar

Tap water.

When I was young, I visited a friend’s house for Thanksgiving and they had lasagna. That was good.

gorillapaws's avatar

Persimmon Pudding. Ours looks similar, but uses an old family recipe that involves an absolutely decadent egg/butter/sugar glaze. EVERYONE that tries it, LOVES it, despite being weary initially.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

I’ve post this answer in past years, because the question’s such an easy one for me to answer.

Cranberry sauce from a can, the pectin-jellied stuff that keeps its shape and wiggles-around on a plate.

jca2's avatar

@gorillapaws: I love those dark puddings that are usually boozy and British in origin. Plum pudding comes to mind. I’m also thinking of Jamaican Black Cake, which is a fruitcake but it’s pureed fruits that have been soaked in booze, so it’s not a chunky fruit cake, it’s literally a dark, fruity, boozy, dense cake.

ragingloli's avatar

Feline Supplement 25.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Just the traditional turkey and dressing with brown (what we call yankee) gravy. Like my white gravy too, but not at Thanksgiving. Too thick and soupy for turkey.

janbb's avatar

Stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy. I’m all about the carbs!

jca2's avatar

@janbb: I like when I’m almost finished eating, and the mashed potatoes mix up with the stuffing, and some cranberry. It’s really good.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Olivia Wilde is at the top of the list.

But lacking that, pecan pie.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@jca2…maybe a couple of Cornish game hens?

@Nomore_lockout…how do you get brown gravy from a turkey? Brown gravy comes from beef…

Nomore_lockout's avatar

@Dutchess_III Wife makes it separately. Got to have my brown gravy with turkey and dressing, just like white gravy with biscuits or chicken fried steak. Cant beat it with a stick. Different grub, different gravies.

jca2's avatar

@Dutchess_III: I was thinking of that, too.

janbb's avatar

@Dutchess_III @jca2 If you add beef stock and/or Gravy Master to the dripping it makes the gravy brown.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I’m with @janbb, the crispy stuffing and mashed with mushroom or brown gravy.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

@KNOWITALL Amen to that, can I get a hallelujah?

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jca2's avatar

@janbb : I’m not sure why you tagged me. I didn’t comment on gravy.

chyna's avatar

Hallelujah on stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy!

Nomore_lockout's avatar

@chyna Yes Ma’am, darn tootin’ ya love fig Newtons, just make that BROWN gravy. :)

janbb's avatar

@jca2 Oops – misread. I took you comment on No-More’s as on Dutch’s about gravy. Too late to edit.

jca2's avatar

@janbb: No problem. I was commenting on the thought of Cornish game hens as an alternative to turkey.

janbb's avatar

Yeah – when I read it again, I saw that. It wasn’t clear.

kritiper's avatar

When you make your pumpkin pie, use a rounded ½ teaspoon of salt. That’s my secret for yummy pumpkin pie.

gondwanalon's avatar

BBQ smoked turkey leg.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Gram and Mom’s turkey stuffing is a family favorite.

- A loaf of cheap white bread (more depending on the turkey size) cubed
– Diced white onion
– Salt and pepper

Mix together well and stuff as much as possible into the turkey cavity.

Mom always had to make extra stuffing. This was put in a pot with a lid, with the addition of melted butter. Stick it in the oven, and then mix the turkey-cooked stuffing with with the pot-cooked.

JLeslie's avatar

Turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, but Thanksgiving food is not something I get very excited about.

I eat Thanksgiving foods whenever I feel like it, which isn’t very often. The only thing I sometimes buy that I never buy other times of the year is a Honey Baked Ham, which I do really enjoy.

I like my stuffing, I make it with cashews. I like stuffing with celery also, but my husband doesn’t like it. I make my stuffing rather dry and try to cut the fat. If you try the cashew thing, make sure they are unsalted or leave out salt in your recipe to account for the salted cashews.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@kritper Is that with fresh pumpkin or canned?

zenvelo's avatar

I miss the creamed onions my mom used to make. I was the only “kid” that liked them, she made them especially for my grandfather.

I like a forkful of yam, cornbread stuffing,gravy, and cranberry sauce, such a melange of flavors!

And, pumpkin pie after dinner, and again late at night.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh oh! Walnuts in the stuffing Sautee.

I just bought a baking hen for Thanksgiving.

chyna's avatar

@JLeslie Yum on the cashews in the dressing. Sounds delicious.

janbb's avatar

This is reading like Thanksgiving porn – and I’m not even sure what I’m doing this year! :-P

si3tech's avatar

The stuffing. A favorite sandwich is made tith sliced turkey (dark meat) stuffing sliced cranberry sauce (jellied) whole wheat bread Miracle Whip. ( a sandwich isnt a sandwich without Miracle Whip)

chyna's avatar

^I only use Miracle Whip. It’s da bomb!

anniereborn's avatar

My sister’s apple cheesecake pie.

Dutchess_III's avatar

For me it’s a relief to not worry about hoards for the first time in years. I won’t have to deal with watery, runny green bean casseroles or instant whipped potatoes and stove top stuffing.

SEKA's avatar

We don’t stuff the turkey. We make dressing and it’s heavenly when smothered in gravy

cookieman's avatar

We usually have about 25 people each year but paired it down to 7 this year to be safe. Today, they all called and cancelled citing the rise in cases and just not being comfortable with it all.

We’re all very sad. Well, except for the two doggies who now get to help finish a fifteen pound bird.

janbb's avatar

@cookieman You could send some to me.

cookieman's avatar

@janbb: I’m not sure the dogs will allow that.

janbb's avatar

^^ They’re little dogs, right? A penguin could take them on!

KNOWITALL's avatar

@cookieman I asked the local senior center and they are NOT delivering on Thanksgiving Day, so I have a plan.
I’m not sure of your situation, but maybe you could donate half to a local organization for seniors or shut in’s?

canidmajor's avatar

Aww, hell, @cookieman, just shamelessly gorge on leftovers! I have always had a too-big bird, the leftovers freeze well, and having that perfect turkey-stuffing-gravy open-faced sandwich on a snowy January day…fabulous!

janbb's avatar

@canidmajor Hot open turkey sandwiches are the bomb! And I also love making a turkey pot pie with the leftovers too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I bought a baking hen today.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Pecan Pie tops my list of my most favorite things!!!

kritiper's avatar

@KNOWITALL Canned. Whatever your recipe calls for, add a little more salt, because pumpkin pies always seem a little bland (IMO)..
Mom made a pumpkin pie one Thanksgiving and I commented on how good it was. Turns out Dad said the same thing. So what did Mom do that made the difference since she was following the same recipe she had used for years? After a few pies of my own, doing it a little different each time, I came to the conclusion that Mom had measured the salt over the filling and went a little overboard. So I tried it using 1/8 tsp. more salt, and uncovered the mystery of the delicious pumpkin pie!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@LadyMarissa…I love pecan pie too. Without the pecans.

Kardamom's avatar

Homemade cranberry sauce made with orange juice.

Canned cranberry sauce.

Roasted au gratin Brussels sprouts:
https://bestrecipebox.com/brussels-sprouts-gratin/

Maple and brown sugar sweet potatoes:
https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/candied-sweet-potatoes/

Pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thanks and good to see you @Kardamom! I got the gist of the sweet potato recipe. Eventually. Lord they do so much talking and so much pontificating anymore. Just list the ingredients and tell me what to do with them!

kritiper's avatar

@Dutchess_III Does one still call a pecan pie a pecan pie when it has no pecans?? If not, what does one call it??? Non-pecan pie?????

Nomore_lockout's avatar

I just call it tastes much better without pecans.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well it has pecans. I just don’t eat them @kritiper.
Also, I love strawberry shortcake without the strawberries.
Just leave me alone! ~

Nomore_lockout's avatar

LOL Great minds think alike @Dutchess_III

Dutchess_III's avatar

Rick feels the same way about strawberry shortcake. It is so awesome!

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Indeed! Cant beat it with a stick, as my old pappy used to say.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Cherry cheesecake without the cherries. The list just goes on. And on.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Yes indeed@Dutchess_III

jca2's avatar

@kritiper: “Pecan-free pecan pie.” lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

I just don’t like weird textures in an otherwise smooth and creamy dessert. No rocky road ice cream for me, thanks.

SEKA's avatar

@kritiper Where I come from they call it a Karo Syrup Pie

janbb's avatar

@kritiper I’ve heard it called chess pie.

cookieman's avatar

Had a chocolate chip, pecan pie once that was the bomb diggity.

kritiper's avatar

Chocolate chips replacing the pecans?? I think we’re on to something!
(Pecan pie was Dad’s favorite but I never got a big kick out of it…)

SEKA's avatar

In my family, it’s not Thanksgiving if there isn’t a minimum of 1 pecan pie, 2 is better

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Mashed potatoes covered in cream of corn.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@kritiper….I think the chocolate chips are in addition to the pecans. Hmmmm.

kritiper's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yeah. I got that.
If I were to add nuts to the pie (the chocolate chip pie) I would opt for walnuts instead of pecans.

kritiper's avatar

As a favorite dish, I would pick my grandmother’s mashed potatoes. No gravy. But how could I forget home-made rolls with real butter?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Homemade beer bread!

chyna's avatar

Home made rolls! To die for!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yeah yeah yeah!!! I have a bread pan that makes 8 mini loaves of my beer bread.

cookieman's avatar

Yes, it was pecans and chocolate chips. Mmmmmmm.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Rick and I have been discussing it and getting impatient!

cookieman's avatar

On my kitchen table: Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Gold Potatoes, Chestnuts, Heirloom Carrots

Awaiting preparation.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

We got two turkeys, we had already got one, then my wife saw a deal about buy a ham and get a free turkey. We need the ham anyway so, what the hell. Now we think we’ll bake one in the stove on the usual way, and maybe cook the other one outside on the grill, cajun style. We’ll see. .

janbb's avatar

@Nomore_lockout How do you “bale” a turkey? :-)

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Typo @janbb. All the talk about food has baked my brain I suppose. : )

cookieman's avatar

Two acorn squash just arrived as well.

chyna's avatar

I want to be at @cookieman‘s house.

Dutchess_III's avatar

We’re collecting food too @cookieman. Right now it’s sweet potatoes and marshmallows.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Sweet potatoes and marshmallows? Never heard of that. Sounds enticing though.

ragingloli's avatar

That sounds disgusting. Potatoes are not supposed to be sweet. That is bad enough. But marshmallows? blech

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Never know till you try @ragingloli

cookieman's avatar

@ragingloli: I agree with you, but Sweet Potato Pie and Candied Yams (mashed sweet potatoes with a marshmallow topping) are very popular in the US.

I like sweet potatoes (which are not really sweet) roasted or baked with just butter and spices.

@chyna: Any other year, I would say you are always welcome.

canidmajor's avatar

@ragingloli you’re right, it’s disgusting.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Candied sweet potatoes are more like pumpkin. I didn’t even know I liked them until a few years ago.
This year I’m going to melt the marshmallows and mix in some homemade maple syrup and cinnamon, pour it over them before I bake them. I expect it will make a delicious glaze.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sweet potatoes and yams are not the same tuber.
If you like pumpkin pie you’d like sweet potatoes.

canidmajor's avatar

Nope, not me!

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

When I was growing up only my dad and grandpa where alowed to have gravy on their turkey. I tried it and it was wonderful. Turkey grease and a pouch of instant gravy mixed with halfed mushrooms. No wonder it was a treat for those who worked or had a pension.

cookieman's avatar

@Dutchess_III: This is true. Real yams are white-ish. Not sure why Sweet Potatoes have also been called yams over the years. It’s like tuber appropriation.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL! Yams aren’t nearly as good as sweet potatoes.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Rick makes the most delicious scratch turkey and chicken gravy.

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