*Fluff* Describe your Thanksgiving meal

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*Fluff* Describe your Thanksgiving meal

If you're hosting, I'm curious to know what you're serving. If you aren't hosting this year, describe the dishes your family "typically" has for Thanksgiving dinner. The different family traditions and food dishes are always interesting.

Plus, I might see something really interesting and want to add it to my dinner Wink

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We keep it very traditional. Brined turkey, green bean cass., sweet potato cass., garlic infused mash potatoes, bread, cranberry jelly, etc. However this year I am adding some Jewish food like matzo ball soup and raisin kuegal and DH alwys makes his Cuban rum cake.

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Mmmm I love matzo ball soup. Haven't had it in a long time, so need to have it again. I'll have to look up raisin kuegal, that sounds interesting. And I "think" I had a cuban rum cake once (not positive it was cuban) and wow, was that ever good.

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I'm doing the traditional turkey, homemade stuffing (baked separately), a variation on sweet potato casserole (not as sweet), cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and a pumpkin/pecan streusel pie. And hot apple cider, with real cinnamon sticks Smile Someone else is bringing a veggie casserole.

I thought about adding biscuits, but thought it might be too much 'bread' since I'm having stuffing. Funny that I'm worried about 'too much' of anything for a Thanksgiving meal, lol. Heck, why don't I just go ahead and add biscuits AND garlic mashed potatoes and be done with it. Why not? Lol

ETA: And of course we're having gravy, too. That's a requirement around here. Blum 3

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Oh, I don't think you can have too much bread at Thanksgiving! My family had rolls and zucchini bread growing up and my DH's had rolls and pumpkin muffins. So, now we have rolls, pumpkin muffins, and zucchini bread! Smile

We are having turkey, sausage/bread stuffing (a bit in the bird and the rest outside), gravy, mashed potatoes, world's best corn from my dad's farm (straight up, not in a casserole), homemade applesauce, rolls. Guests are bringing sweet potato something-or-other, cranberry sauce, artichoke dip for appetizer, green beans (maybe with almonds?), pumpkin muffins (yum!).

We'll do a variety of desserts. I always make pear pie, MIL and her sister always bring mincemeat pie from their family tradition. They'll usually bring pumpkin pie, too.

Ooh, I should swing by the farm store and see if they have any cider.

I love Thanksgiving!!!!

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Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, corn, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, pie, and bread.

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Ours is very traditional but does differ from each family meal, we have three per year due to split families. My family always serves the same thing: Baked Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Dressing, Cranberry Sauce (homeade!), Rolls, Deviled Eggs, Broccoli Cheese Casserole, and Corn Casserole. And of course a variety of pies: Pumpkin, Pecan, Raisin, and a Fruit Pie - all with freshly made whipped cream.

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Bear steaks, french fries, mixed baby greens, baked potatoes, and chocolate cake. Do you think my guests will like it?

Just kidding!

Brined turkey
Stuffing, regular white/wheat bread mix, in and out of the turkey
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Brussel sprouts
Green bean casserole
Jellied Cranberry
Deviled eggs (NO MIRACLE WHIP!)
Corn
Gravy
Traditional white rolls, and cresent rolls
Maybe a macaroni and cheese casserole, MAYBE

Pumpkin pie
Apple pie
Cherry pie
Blueberry pie
Maybe a lemon meringue cuz that's DH's favorite

Probably an hors d'oeuvres plate too, but I haven't decided what yet. Maybe a veggie mix with ranch dressing. I don't want to fill up the guests before dinner.

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Guests are coming early so as to spend the day, I will have a homemade butternut squash and apple soup out, along with boursin cheese, hummus, crackers and this smoked kielbasa with sourkraut and rye bread app that DH's family eats every year.

Dinner is:

Brined herb roasted turkey
Brined Fried Turkey (the test run chicken was delicious!)

Sausage apple stuffing
Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Cole Slaw
Sweet Potato and apple scallop
Cranberry raisin and apple compote
Cranberry orange chutney
Green Beans W/ Meyer lemon viniagrette and parmesan breadcrumbs
Carrots
Corn Cassarole
homemade rolls
Broccoli (It is all that my nephews eat, apparently, though not a traditional Tgiving dish IMO)

Dessert is apple and pumpkin pie (My Mom and Sister and I do our pies together every year, that is this mornings task) vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, clementines, mulled wine and Irish Coffees.

I can't wait. I'm going to be cooking all day today.

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Bobby, hahahaha. Bear steak, lol.

I love deviled eggs sooooooooooooooo much. I might just think of adding it to my menu. And I agree,no miracle whip. blech!

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We host Thanksgiving at our house every year but sadly we don't have a huge family here in FL. My girls are the only kids and this year my poor sister will be recovering from dental surgery that she is having today. Anyway, our menu is:

fried turkey
smoked ham
mashed potatoes & gravy
sweet potato casserole
homemade noodles
squash casserole
green beans
wild rice
stuffing
deviled eggs
rolls
whipped cranberry salad
jellied cranberry sauce
pumpkin pie
apple caramel cake
banana cake

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My dad is hosting, so I'm not sure what they're serving beyond turkey. We are bringing mashed potatoes (made by Dave) and pumpkin cheesecake (which I am making today).

A friend of mine is having a Mexican Fiesta Thanksgiving! Pulled turkey enchiladas, fish tacos, margaritas, stuffed peppers, etc. I think it's awesome. Remembering our debate I suggested she let all of her guests know in advance, lol.

I love the idea, though. So fun.

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LOL @ the bear steaks.

Mmmmmmmmm, I'm getting hungry reading what all of you are having. Can we just bounce house to house and have a taste of everything? Lol

If we had a deep fryer big enough, I would SOOOOO be doing fried turkey. YUM. I am, however, putting bacon slices across the top of the turkey, so maybe it will imitate at least some of the flavor and keep it moister.

I was wondering if some of you had deviled eggs as part of your T'giving meal, because someone I know said she was having them, and that it was the 'norm' for them. Our families have never done deviled eggs at T'giving, so I thought it was interesting.

Whipped cream? People put whipped cream on deviled eggs? Sounds weird to me, but I guess some people must like it?

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"FLSunshineMom" wrote:

Whipped cream? People put whipped cream on deviled eggs? Sounds weird to me, but I guess some people must like it?

lol... Miracle whip... as opposed to mayo Smile Whipped cream deviled eggs?? Ewww!

I have never heard of deviled eggs with thanksgiving (or any fancier meal for that matter). They are BBQ/picnic food to me.

A typical turkey dinner here consists of:

Turkey
Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes and gravy
Sweet potatoes
Carrots
Corn
Brussels sprouts
Sometimes broccoli or cauliflower
Buns

Pumpkin pie
Apple pie
Any other dessert is fine, as long as the essential pies are there too Smile

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"FLSunshineMom" wrote:

I was wondering if some of you had deviled eggs as part of your T'giving meal, because someone I know said she was having them, and that it was the 'norm' for them. Our families have never done deviled eggs at T'giving, so I thought it was interesting.

It's the norm for us at TG and X-mas dinner. They've been there at everyone else's TG or X-mas dinner that I've ever been to, so maybe this is a west coast norm? I've never seen them at any other event, so it's weird to me that it's "picnic food" for someone else! I LOVE deviled eggs, can I come to your picnics? Smile

Whipped cream? People put whipped cream on deviled eggs? Sounds weird to me, but I guess some people must like it?

Not whipped cream, Miracle Whip, although, the result would probably taste the same. Miracle whip is mayo with a higher sugar content, so your deviled eggs come out tasting sweet. Some people swear by it, I gag.

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"The Great Vagina" wrote:

It's the norm for us at TG and X-mas dinner. They've been there at everyone else's TG or X-mas dinner that I've ever been to, so maybe this is a west coast norm? I've never seen them at any other event, so it's weird to me that it's "picnic food" for someone else! I LOVE deviled eggs, can I come to your picnics? Smile

Hmm, I'm a west coast gal myself, but a Canadian one. Maybe west coast, south of the border?

I would get funny looks if I put eggs on table to TG. Might be worth it, they are tasty!

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"kris_w" wrote:

Hmm, I'm a west coast gal myself, but a Canadian one. Maybe west coast, south of the border?

I would get funny looks if I put eggs on table to TG. Might be worth it, they are tasty!

I dunno, I went to UBC and my inlaws are from the interior. MIL makes deviled eggs for the holiday dinners. This will make good TG conversation! I'll ask MIL when she arrive tomorrow.

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Deviled eggs are a must at all family gatherings! We make ours with mayo, mustard, cream cheese, sweet relish, and bacon. Mmmmmm!!!

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"The Great Vagina" wrote:

I dunno, I went to UBC and my inlaws are from the interior. MIL makes deviled eggs for the holiday dinners. This will make good TG conversation! I'll ask MIL when she arrive tomorrow.

Interesting! I'm going to have to ask around. Maybe everyone does it but us!

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"kris_w" wrote:

lol... Miracle whip... as opposed to mayo Smile Whipped cream deviled eggs?? Ewww!

BAHAHA, I must have been more tired than I thought this morning. I guess the coffee had not quite kicked in yet. ROFL

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"kris_w" wrote:

Interesting! I'm going to have to ask around. Maybe everyone does it but us!

I don't think so. I love deviled eggs, but have never heard of having them for Thanksgiving. I also think of them as bbq food.

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I don't think I have ever had them on Thanksgiving!

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I don't think I have ever had them on Thanksgiving!

That is so interesting! I like hearing about all of the different things people put on their tables. I get some ideas. For instance, I've never had mac and cheese at a holiday dinner, but I see that a lot of people do some version of that dish, so I may try it this year!

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Oh god, deviled eggs. :drool: We always have them on Thanksgiving too. I agree with the no Miracle Whip thing though. Miracle Whip in any form makes me gag.

We are having two Thanksgiving meals today, and I have helped prepare both of them so I know what's on the menu.

At my parents' house:
Deviled eggs
Ham
Turkey roll (not sure what that is, exactly, but my mom called me last night to tell me she was adding it because my cousin's family decided to join us last minute.)
Mashed Potatoes
Cornbread Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole
Cranberry Sauce (canned!)
Broccoli cheese casserole
Rolls
Gravy
Pumpkin pie

At DH's parent's house
Turkey
Bread/Apple Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Veggies
Cranberry Jalapeno Chutney
Mushroom Torte
Rolls
Gravy
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie

I think that's it. I know someone else is bring appetizers to DH's parents' house, so not sure what that will be.

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I love deviled eggs, we make ours with miracle whip, mustard, and paprika! YUM! I think our family has them at every get together, including Thanksgiving AND Christmas!

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Last night, the pumpkin cheesecake was in the oven and a friend & I took our kids out to dinner. Dave was there to take it out when it was ready. He texted me to say that the oven wasn't staying hot, and it wasn't cooking properly, so we came back and put it in my friend's oven. (She lives across the street.)

We had no idea how long it had actually cooked for before the oven stopped working. (And it seems to be working again now, mysteriously.)

We baked it until it seemed ready -- do you guys think it will be okay? I feel so bad, this is the main dessert for tonight. I am worried! Texture seems fine but is it okay to bake it that way?

nervous

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If it looks ok, I would say it is probably fine. Maybe buy some ice cream or something for backup?

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It was perfect! The rescued cheesecake was a big hit. Even better than the practice one I made last week.

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Laurie, glad the pumpkin cheesecake turned out okay!

You know what's funny? Someone brought deviled eggs to the T'giving dinner I hosted. Kid you not! ROFL She must have been reading this, hahaha. They were so good! Will have to get the recipe from her. It was someone who has never been to one of our T'giving dinners.

She also brought some other dishes I wasn't expecting. Good thing I decided last minute not to do mashed potatoes, she brought those. Also: some kind of corn casserole, and a bean dish of some sort. Black beans with some kind of savory sauce. Oh wow, were the beans ever good! The corn casserole was good, too, and they also had that at the dinner I went to today for DH's side of the family. That one was even better! Mouth-watering.

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Oh, almost forgot. She also brought baked mac & cheese.

And also at today's dinner, someone brought garlic & cheese biscuits, and I am going to HAVE to get the recipe from her. They were 10 times better than Red Lobster's! She had a friend stay at her house for several days who was a chef and he cooked for them, and she watched and learned (apparently learned well :)).

How did everyone enjoy their dinner(s)?

Both of mine went well. My turkey didn't turn out as well as *I* would have liked, but everyone said they liked it. I want to do it differently next year, though. We had a chance to sit and talk with my older nephew and his girlfriend and had a great conversation with them about politics and science (my nephew is a smart cookie, and apparently so is his girlfriend). My dad did really well throughout the whole meal, though he grew restless toward the end and finally my step mom took him to the other side of the house to get him ready for bed. He did much better than I thought he would.

Today's dinner with DH"s family was nice, too. Food was awesome, company was great. We were happy to see DH's sister and family who are in town, my DD was elated to see her favorite cousins, that she only gets to see once or twice a year, and they played outside a lot and had a blast. She should sleep well tonight. Smile

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This is my brine recipe:
http://www.mtparent.com/index.php/home/getting-to-know-the-bird-or-how-brine-is-my-best-friend-this-time-of-year.html

My Holiday went great. I hosted 18 people and they all were nice and well mannered and helpful. That is all I could ask. I potluck the whole shebang. It was great.

I am supposed to only be responsible for the bird and gravy. But what does that mean. . . Well, it means that I have to mobilize the troops.

We had:
Mashed potatoes
Broccoli
Yams with marshmallows
kale salad
cornbread dressing
and about as many appetizers.

oh yes. . .
pecan turn-overs
2 pumpkin pies, with fresh whipped cream.

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I need a bath. nighty.

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do you have a good recipe for the pecan turn-overs?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I don't think so. I love deviled eggs, but have never heard of having them for Thanksgiving. I also think of them as bbq food.

I made them last year, I couldn't do the turkey so dh did duck. They went really well as a side dish!

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"bunnyfufu" wrote:

This is my brine recipe:
http://www.mtparent.com/index.php/home/getting-to-know-the-bird-or-how-brine-is-my-best-friend-this-time-of-year.html

Thanks for the brine recipe. I saved it and will use it next time I have roast chicken, and of course next year for the turkey.

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"kris_w" wrote:

Interesting! I'm going to have to ask around. Maybe everyone does it but us!

Ok, I asked MIL and she said that it was pure coincidence that she happened to start doing deviled eggs the 1st Christmas we met. She said that she always does hors d'oeuvres and at the last minute, she realized that she didn't have enough, so she whipped up some deviled eggs. Then, when they went over really well, she just decided to make them the next year etc. but that she really only knew of them as BBQ food before.

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I think of deviled eggs as a bbq food too Smile And I love them.

I was thrilled with how our meal turned out! Made WAYYYYYY to much, but got to send everyone home with lots of leftovers, made a giant batch of turkey soup which I froze, and froze enough to have several dinners ahead of us. We had great crisp sunny weather here on the East Coast and I was thrilled to entertain everyone here in out home. Hosting with three little kids is a ton of work, however, and pretty much consumed my entire week, I was BEAT afterwards.

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Ha! We are hosting Christmas instead. I find that much easier. I like all the baking.

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Sorry it took me so long to respond. This is the recipe that my friend used.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/individual-pecan-pies-with-sweet-tea-caramel-sauce-recipe2/index.html

She modified it a little. She put the filling inside and made them like turnovers and put the caramel sauce on top. Oh my heavens, they were good. She did say that making the caramel sauce took a while to get the hang of and she and her hubby were fairly cross and had a really messy kitchen before they achieved success. If you are a baker, I think it is totally worth it. I however am a really poor baker.

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Thanks! glad I checked this thread again!