Thanksgiving debate. (food mentioned)

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Thanksgiving debate. (food mentioned)

So turkey is a given (I think?)

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving?

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving?

What pie is a requisite?

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers?

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"Potter75" wrote:

So turkey is a given (I think?) Not at our house-- my dad hates it, so sometimes we skip it entirely and have ham. I'm sure we'll be harassed for this. This year I will prepare both.

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Stuffing, homemade with lots of celery and onions and baked until crunchy on the edges

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Anything canned-- but especially cranberries IMO. And I've never liked that green bean casserole with the onions on top, but my IL's insist on it....it kind of skeeves me out with the canned soups and green beans....but I think I'm odd, as it is apparently very popular.

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin!

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers?

Eh.. My dh loves turkey and stuffing sandwiches....sometimes a turkey noodle casserole? That is terribly unexciting! I hope somebody has better ideas for it. Wink

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We don't have turkey on Thanksgiving. For some reason Costco doesn't import them until November, after Thanksgiving is over, and I never want to take a risk on an 11-month old turkey. We have roast chicken. We roast it over veggies and that's the main side dish, fatty juicy veggies in poultry juices. Mmmm.

Stone-roasted sweet potatoes are the best Thanksgiving side dish. I don't make them though, I buy them from a truck that comes around, like old fashioned chestnut carts. They usually start on Thanksgiving weekend for the autumn/winter, so since it's the first time we've eaten them in 5 or so months they taste extra good.

The only pie that should be consumed at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. Sadly, my kids and husband hate it, so I either make pumpkin cupcakes or butter tarts which are like mini tastier pecan pies.]

Who has leftovers???

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Generally

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? A tie between stuffing and green bean casserole

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes. *2lb FRESH green beans, topped, tailed and blanched for 45 seconds then into an ice bath
*1/2lb bacon
*red pepper cut into strips
*sweet onion cut into strips
*pkg sliced mushrooms
*1 cup cheddar cheese
*2 cans crm shroom soup (sometimes it only takes 1.5 cans, depending on how 'juicy' the fresh veggies are)
*Franks Red Hot to taste
*half teaspoon black pepper
*can of fried onions

Fry up chopped bacon. Sautee peppers, onions and mushrooms until soft and sweet. Into a 9x13 buttered casserole combine green beans, sauteed veggies, bacon, grated cheese, soup, Franks, and pepper. Top with fried onions. Bake at 350* for 40 minutes.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? 'Diet' versions of anything

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? Hot sandwiches mmmmmmmmm

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What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? A nice salad and the cranberry sauce... Everything else is so heavy that they are both very refreshing to me.

You win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes. I suck at giving recipes, lol. Sorry!

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Every family does it so differently, I don't think there are any rules per say. My fam likes to incorporate Turkish dishes along with the traditional dishes.

What pie is a requisite? PECAN!!! My mother makes the best pecan pie everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers?
Sandwiches, soups.

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We don't have Thanksgiving here, but if a roast is on the table then roast vegetables are a must. Fir Christmas we have roast pork, roast chicken and ham, roast veg (potato, sweet poatato, carrot and pumpkin) peas and/or beans, broccoli and cauliflower. There is also gravy and Yorkshire pudding. If anything is missing the meal is not complete.

We also have trifle and plum pudding for dessert, never pies of any kind. I always mean to make a pumpkin pie to try and just never have, in my mind pumpkin is not a sweet food.

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So turkey is a given (I think?) - Turkey. My Mom usually has both a Turkey and a Ham.

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Hmm. Hard to pick. We normally have Turkey, Mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing (Stove Top), cranberry sauce (canned Lol cider, and corn.

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes. I think every thing I make for Thanksgiving is pretty self explanatory. I am planning to make cute turkeys made out of Oreo's I found on Pinterest this year.
http://www.ourbestbites.com/2010/11/oreo-turkeys-and-cookie-pilgrim-hats/

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Nothing sticks out.

What pie is a requisite? Apple and Cherry

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? Turkey casserole. Take Leftover turkey and cut it up and put in a 9x13 dish. Add a box of stuffing mix or left over stuffing, mixed vegetables and cream of chicken soup. Mix well and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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I'm a traditionalist and like my mashed potatoes and gravy....i'd be sad without it. I doubt i need to provide a recipe for this Smile I don't need any super fancy sides! (Even though i do enjoy fancy too!)

I think anything can belong on the thanksgiving table. I mean, it should all flow together though. Don't put pad thai out with a traditionally made turkey. But if you want to spice things up and change the theme a little bit, i think anything can work. My husband made some sort of plum something or other turkey one year which would have complimented asian food nicely.

Apple Pie would be my staple pie for sure. However I am in blueberry country now and Blueberry is considered the staple pie for like....anything event or holiday.

As for leftovers. My mom always just served it straight up reheated, or used it in sandwiches. But here, my husband family prefers to make a turkey soup.

And for an ethnic flair, Filipinos like to make Paksiw with leftover turkey, which i love and is really really good, but you have to like vinegar.

http://www.foodbuzz.com/photos/639973-paksiw-na-pavo-turkey-in-vinegar-stew-

ETA: I can't speak for the recipe i linked to. I don't have a recipe for it, as it has always been made by someone else.

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Yes!

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Mashed potatoes

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes. Well, this isn't a side dish, but if you want I have two great desserts with pumpkin. A yummy pumpkin bread, and insane pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from another board that were completely irresistable...and tasted better the day after they were made. Devils!

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Ham.

What pie is a requisite? I'm one of those weirdos who doesn't like pumpkin pie. When I was a kid, my grandmother used to make a chocolate pie for me in addition to the pumpkin pie, and I loved it. Nobody has been able to replicate it, though.

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? Sandwiches!

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Absolutely have to have the turkey... I love it and so does DH!

The best side dish is definitely my mom's green bean casserole.

To me, cranberries DO NOT belong on the table... they're just gross lol!

DH can't live without pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving... but I like making apple!

With the leftovers, I like making Thanksgiving sandwiches. I use all of the good stuff, but I soak a piece of bread in the gravy, then put that in the middle of the sandwich... OMG it's so freaking good!!

So I don't have a recipe for a side dish because my mom always makes them (I'm in charge of the turkey and the deserts), but here's the turkey recipe that I use... and it's AWESOME!!!

Roasted Butter Herb Turkey Recipe

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons garlic herb sauce mix (recommended: Knorr)
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 (32-ounce) bag celery and carrot party sticks
2 large onions, large dice
1 (32-ounce) container low-sodium chicken broth
12-pound turkey, thawed if necessary
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
3 (3/4-ounce) packets fresh herbs poultry herb blend (sage, thyme and rosemary)
1 lemon, thickly sliced
Directions
In a small bowl, combine softened butter, poultry seasoning, garlic herb sauce mix, and crushed garlic. Use a fork to mix together until well combined. Cover and put in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes, until firm but not hard.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Arrange celery, carrots, and half of the diced onions in the bottom of a roasting pan. Add chicken broth and set aside.

Rinse the thawed turkey and pat dry. Use your finger to carefully loosen the skin around the entire bird. Take the butter mixture and cut into large pieces. Place the butter pieces under the skin of the entire turkey. Rub the remaining butter pieces on the outside of the skin and season with salt and pepper. Stuff the inside of turkey cavity with remaining onions, fresh herb poultry blend, and lemon slices. (Truss if necessary.) Insert the pop-up thermometer at an angle about 3-inches down from the neck cavity and 2-inches from the breast bone, in the thickest part of the breast.

Place turkey on the bed of vegetables in roasting pan. Place in the oven and reduce temperature to 325 degrees F. Roast for 1 hour, then baste with pan juices every 20 minutes until thermometer pops up or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 180 degrees F, about 3 hours.

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Yep, the glaze may change each year depending on if it's me or my mom making it. We also add homemade sausage, pork and sauerkraut as other meats.

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Best, hard to say... we love all of it: rutabaga, green bean casserole, homemade sage & sausage stuffing, & squash soup. The rest of the family love the gravy that goes with it, but I prefer homemade cranberry sauce for my turkey and butter with the mashed potatoes.

You win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes.
Can upon request...

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving?
Bear, moose, fish, and duck... way too gamey for my flavor. We used to have them as well when my grandma was alive.

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin for sure, the rest kind of rotate with blueberry, peach, pecan, & apple. But they all love the pumpkin cheesecake as well. Mmmmm!

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? I just love to reheat everything until there's minimal left. Can make a great turkey and rice soup or casserole. With the stuffing, could create more of kroketten but ours goes too quickly. Oh, and turkey, cranberry sauce, bacon, & provolone cheese on toasted ciabatta bread. YummY!

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Turkey is a mustand in my opinion only a brined Turkey will do. Once you brine you never will go back to traditional. we like Alton Browns recipe minus the fruity stuff. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html

For a side, DH's is mashed potatoes are heavenly and a must have. You have to use a good quality potato and then put it through a ricer. Have to have a ricer. I promise you you will not have better mashed potatoes. Then has warms cream and milk in a pot with garlic and boils it on low while the potatoes are cooking. Once the potatoes are done he hads the garlic cream and butter and salt and mixes. Yum.

Kuegal is a great sweet side dish. I think I already sent you the recipe.

I have always wanted to cook a rack of lamb as well. Maybe this year.

Our tradition is not pie but Cuban Rum cake. Way better then pie.

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Oh and I don't do leftover recipes. We spend 2 days cooking, why the heck am I goign to cook again? We just eat leftovers the way they are.

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Dumb question, but can you brine a fresh turkey? I've only heard of people thawing them in brine, but mine won't be frozen?

/This is my first Thanksgiving day turkey and I'm really intimidated.

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Wow, no brining a frozen turkey. It should be fresh or thawed previously. Putting a frozen turkey in brine goes against the point of the brine. We have been brining for years and we only use fresh turkeys anyways. It's super easy Melis and once you put it in the oven you don't ahve to do anything Actually you should not do anything. No openning the oven until you are going to take it out. Thne remember to let it rest before carving.

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Of course it is!

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Warm Rolls

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Diet Foods!

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin Pie with homeade whipped topping

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? Sandwiches!

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I have heard of brining turkeys... Is there more flavor and is it more moist? I admit, I don't know anything about brining or what is does, lol.

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So turkey is a given (I think?) I wish it wasn't! I don't like turkey, but my mil makes one every.chance.she.gets! and they are dry! This year she did ham as well so I got to avoid the turkey. if I had my way we would do chickens.

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? yams! I don't know what she puts in them but they are so yummy.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? turkey! lol.

What pie is a requisite? pumpkin

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? I did a turkey lasagna once. it was brilliant!

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Absolutely! I love turkey... Cooked right, it is moist and delicious!

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? The stuffing is my hands-down favorite (my mom's stuffing that is).

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? I like a traditional dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, carrots, and corn. I don't like any pasta or salads with my turkey... It just isn't right! lol

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin is a must, but variety is nice too. Apple pie is tasty. This year my sister made an apple caramel cake.

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? Turkey pot pie and sandwiches.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

I have heard of brining turkeys... Is there more flavor and is it more moist? I admit, I don't know anything about brining or what is does, lol.

Yes to both. Brining is just using the science of osmosis and dffusion to create a flow of liquid across a membrane from an solution of high concentration to a a solution less concentrated until both sides are equal. Or salty flavor liquid on one siade flows to the other side (the turkey meat).

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Yes, turkey for us.

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? I love, love a fresh cranberry orange chutney. I crave it! Big stuffing fan, too.

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Canned cranberry sauce. PAsta. Anything with marshmellows.

What pie is a requisite? I'm doing an apple and a pumpkin. I love both and could not pick just one.

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? I love post Tday sandwiches ~ with the turkey, stuffing, cranberry and a little bit of mayo on a good semolina roll? Heaven.

I think I'm doing turkey/stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, the cranberry chutney, corn casserole, an apple and sweet potato baked thing, rolls, a green salad, roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash soup.

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Sweet potatoes with walnuts, brown sugar, and marshmallows is soooo yummy though!!!

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"Potter75" wrote:

corn casserole

Recipe?

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Oh man, I adore canned cranberry sauce! That sloshy sound when it slurps out in the wonderful cylindrical shape. I could put that on anything all year.

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Ew, I hate cranberry sauce. Sadly, I also hate all cooked vegetables (unless you count corn or potatoes, which don't really count) so all the side dishes are lost on me.

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

Oh man, I adore canned cranberry sauce! That sloshy sound when it slurps out in the wonderful cylindrical shape. I could put that on anything all year.

I agree. I like the canned stuff. But, it is because I only like cranberry jelly. I hate the chunks. If someone ever made homemade jelly, I'm sure I would love it. Homemade taste is always better, I just can't do the texture. Bleh.

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Sounds like a yummilicious menu, Melis... but what is in corn casserole besides the obvious? Never heard of it! Recipe please! Smile

I agree that brine is heavenly turkey, but I really love other methods as well. I enjoy the sweetness of glaze that makes the turkey pop as well. I'm not much of a gravy person. I have yet to get a dry turkey from any method. The key to that would be to ensure that it's covered well for most of the cooking time to lock in the moisture.

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"Beertje" wrote:

Sounds like a yummilicious menu, Melis... but what is in corn casserole besides the obvious? Never heard of it! Recipe please! Smile

I agree that brine is heavenly turkey, but I really love other methods as well. I enjoy the sweetness of glaze that makes the turkey pop as well. I'm not much of a gravy person. I have yet to get a dry turkey from any method. The key to that would be to ensure that it's covered well for most of the cooking time to lock in the moisture.

Yes! Keep it covered! Last time I made a turkey, people were late so the turkey was in the oven far longer than it needed to, but it was covered the whole time and the end result was juicy, tender meat falling off the bones. Smile

My mil cooks her turkey on a boiler rack and manages to make it undercooked AND dry. Quite a feat :rolleyes:

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I usually double the recipe.

Corn Casserole - 1 can regular corn, 1 Can Creamed Corn, 1 package corn muffin mix, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 stick melted butter, 1 cup sour cream, 3/4 cups sugar. Mix everything together and back in casserole dish at 400 for 1 hour (or until middle is done - doubling the recipe usually take a little longer but not much)

I will say I've never had it ~ a friend of mine says she makes it every year and she is a great cook, figured I'd give it a whirl.

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We don't do turkey so not even sure they would make one that fits, but whenever I do roast chicken I use an oven bag, not only is the meat cooked so it falls off the bone, it helps save on mess in your oven.

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Canned cranberry is the bomb!

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Yep.

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving?
Pumpkin muffins or mashed potatoes.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? I really only like the traditional stuff -- well, traditional for me, I guess. No salad, pastas. I could do with cranberry anything or sweet potatoes, but I concede and include them because I know other people like them (though I can't imagine why Smile )

What pie is a requisite? Again, I concede on pumpkin but my must-have is Pear Pie. Ooh, it's heaven! Sounds weird, but it is just so delicious!

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? Just a plain, old, re-do on a plate. And, maybe a fried potato pancake.

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I like having salad at Thanksgiving!!!

And pumpkin muffins are delicious. Maybe that's what I'll make. Although I saw a recipe for pumpkin crumb cake on the Cooking Network website that looks amazing.

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Becky, pear pie sounds intriguing! Would you mind sharing the recipe? I tried making a pear & cranberry pie a couple years ago for T-day, and while it looked very pretty, it didn't taste the greatest.

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We've narrowed it down to our favorites in our house.
Turkey we use Citrus Brine (recipe on Allrecipes.com) then season, sometimes butter under the skin etc.
Stuffing - we use the typical Stove Top but add sausage and pinenuts (dh is against any fruit in the stuffing)
Sweet Potato Casserole (with RUM) I hated sweet potatoes till I found this recipe, it is also at Allrecipes.com) super yummy.
Rolls ("Sweet White Rolls" on allrecipes, start them in a bread maker)
Pie they don't like pumpkin so we are going to do an apple carmel this year. I have done many different types so still working on a favorite desert.
Cranberry Sauce, Olives (for fingers), and REAL BUTTER.. oh and starting about Halloween my kids are Egg Nog addicts.

Last year I was sick and couldn't do Thanksgiving and my dh did duck it was very good.

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So turkey is a given (I think?) It seems to be. We're making a goose this year. Everyone's a little burned out on turkey. Does cooking your turkey breast down most of the time make it more moist?

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? homemade cranberry sauce (me, link to my fav recipe); mashed potatoes (jon); baked sweet potatoes (sara, not the sweet kind); pie (robin :rolleyes: )

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? candied yams...yams and sweet potatoes taste great, but not with too much added sweetness.

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin!

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers?

"Turkey Wiggle" -- chopped up turkey and whatever veggies are setting around added to an oniony white sauce and dumped over the leftover dinner rolls or toast. One of my kids' favorites. I think Will and Resha preferred these to the Thanksgiving dinner itself.

"Thanksgiving Sandwiches" -- slices of turkey, cranberry sauce, maybe stuffing if there's any left and veggies from the veggie tray on leftover rolls.

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Jules, we cook our bird breast-down and with a lid and it's wonderfully moist. It's not pretty, though, so if you want the whole roast-bird-on-the-platter thing, I wouldn't recommend it. Sometimes, we'll flip the bird near the end and take the lid off to crisp up the skin, but we've never had it look really lovely once it's been upside down. We totally think it's worth it, though.

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"Beertje" wrote:

Becky, pear pie sounds intriguing! Would you mind sharing the recipe? I tried making a pear & cranberry pie a couple years ago for T-day, and while it looked very pretty, it didn't taste the greatest.

I'm thinking the cranberries probably ruined it! I'm not a fan... Smile
So, let me know if you try the recipe and what you think. It is a family tradition of ours and I can't have a holiday or birthday without it!

Dutch Pear Pie

In large bowl, mix together 3/4 c. sugar and a little less than 1/4 c. flour.
In another bowl, mix 1 Tbsp lemon juice with a half-pint of heavy whipping cream.
Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix.

Drain two large cans of halved pears, about 29 oz each (if you use fresh, they must be very ripe, but not brown and mushy). Cut pears into bite-size chunks, about 1 inch. Mix into batter.

Divide batter between two, smaller, ready-made Keebler graham cracker crusts or pour into one large crust. Be sure that the ratio of pears to liquid comes out fairly even between the two pies, as one usually ends up way juicier. Sprinkle both pies heavily with cinnamon sugar (ours is usually quite well-covered).

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Lower temp to 350 and bake a bit less than an hour, until pies bubble in the middle.

I prefer the pies served cool or even cold. Second day is often better as the cream has time to set. It's not as good after two days because the crust starts to get too soggy. Some family likes it served with whipped cream, but not usually with ice cream. I like it plain. I mix everything by hand. I think a stand mixer would be too rough on the pears. Let me know if you have any questions because I am transcribing from a paper full of scribble-scrabble, not really a recipe Smile

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Thanks Becky! Do you always use graham for the crust or have you made it using a traditional crust? I think you're right about the cranberries for the pie I made, plus I don't think the pears were ripe enough. I'll definitely give this one a try, thank you!

Jules, I've never cooked the turkey upside down. I would just recommend sealing the turkey with a cover, tin foil, or a bag for the majority of the cooking time and remove it when you're ready for the skin to brown and become crisp.

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So turkey is a given (I think?)

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Green bean casserole - BUT only the recipe my family uses. We make a white sauce instead of using cream of whatever soup, add shredded cheese and dice up bread to put on top. Bake in the oven about 20 min, or until the bread is toasted. OMG, I would be happy if that was the only thing on the table!

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Seafood of any kind. One year my dad decided to do shrimp for Thanksgiving dinner...didn't go over too well.

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin, or some variation of pumpkin pie, like cheesecake

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? I actually enjoy just eating it reheated, or turkey sandwiches.

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Tracey, always graham cracker crust. In fact, I forgot to put that it must be Keebler, not generic or anyone else's. We just don't think it tastes the same. Also, we usually do the two-pie method, rather than a single pie.

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I'm a veg, so turkey is totally not necessary for me....and I don't feel like it ever was when I ate meat either. Thanksgiving dinner is ALL ABOUT the sides for me.

Must have sides include mashed potatoes with gravy (a thick mushroom one preferably!), sweet potatoes of some sort, stuffing, and cranberry jelly out of the can. I also love a corn or corn and broccoli casserole.

I had a friend who insisted pickles were a Thanksgiving must. I don't agree.

Pumpkin pie seems like it should always be there...but, I'd enjoy any other as well.

I'm going to be making T-day dinner for a group of friends here in Laos on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (because of course, everyone here has to work on Thursday)... I just saw that the grocery store I usually shop at had a butterball turkey in the freezer. Not sure if I should take a chance on it- don't know how long it's been there, if it's been thawed/refrozen... and the price tag said 570,000 kip which is about $72 USD. If I don't buy the turkey (it would be the first I ever prepared as well- and I wouldn't even eat it), we'll be having chicken legs. Smile

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Yes (but I never eat it that day, only leftovers) and Ham

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? tie bewteen green bean casserole and our family's cabbage dish
1 whole cabbage chopped and sauteed with onion and bacon
add applesauce and sauerkraut
Best if made a couple days in advance and warm on thanksgiving

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? I agree with the diet comment

What pie is a requisite?pumpkin for me! I don't even need the crust, just more pumpkin filling!!!

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers?I'm simply and love hot turkey sandwiches (warming up the meat in the gravy so its super, super juicy. I've also made turkey tetrazini before. This month's food network magazine has some awesome leftover ideas I might try too. We have so many people at my parents that I just hope there are leftovers.

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So turkey is a given (I think?)
Nooo! My mom always hosts Round 1 of Thanksgiving (we have to do two every year because Jon's parents have to do their own because they keep kosher and we don't.) My mom and my brother love turkey. My dad and I hate turkey and love ham. Every year, there is a big debate over whether we have to choke down turkey yet again, or if we can just get a super delicious ham. Luckily, if there is one person in the world that my mom babies more than my brother, it is T. And T loves ham. So for 2 years running now, we get ham. Booyeah!

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Alton Brown's green bean casserole. DH made it one year, and I was hooked. :biglove: A close second is my mom's homemade cornbread stuffing. It's amazing.

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes. Does this count? http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/best-ever-green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Stupid turkey.

What pie is a requisite? Pecan.

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? Ham sandwiches.

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Oh alton Brown's green bean casserole. Anything Alton is awesome.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I will say I've never had it ~ a friend of mine says she makes it every year and she is a great cook, figured I'd give it a whirl.

My mom makes that casserole sometimes. It is REALLY good.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Canned cranberry is the bomb!

ITA! Someone once told me that canned cranberry is "not classy" and that one should serve whole cranberries. Um, whatever, I like sliding that big blob out of the can and slicing it up! Fun fun fun!

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So turkey is a given (I think?)-Yes. Last year I made a turkey with the stuff below and I'm not that great of a cook, but this was the best turkey I've ever eaten including fried (we're in the south so it's really popular). I was terrified, but the entire thing was gone before we went to bed. No leftovers.

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? Canned cranberry Biggrin

You win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes. Green been casserole-you use cream of chicken and Tony Chacheres and mushrooms with plain old fried onions and canned beans.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Seafood

What pie is a requisite? Pumpkin (with whipped cream)

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? We froze the ham in meal sized packages for later. My mom made a ham (while we were at work) and my brother tried a piece and went to Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving day to get another ham and made it. So we "froze" the leftovers my Mom made in two gallon bags as no one touched it (she's where I got my cooking skill from) and enjoyed my brother's for breakfast with eggs for a few weekends after that. So yummy even thawed. Come to think of it, I need to pull Mom's from the bottom of my deep freezer and toss it.....

http://www.amazon.com/Cajun-Injector-Turkey-Frying-Creole/dp/B005LSRSJ2/ref=sr_1_2?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1321384907&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Chacheres-Creole-Seasoning/dp/B00161FSZY/ref=sr_1_2?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1321384554&sr=1-2

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"The Great Vagina" wrote:

ITA! Someone once told me that canned cranberry is "not classy" and that one should serve whole cranberries. Um, whatever, I like sliding that big blob out of the can and slicing it up! Fun fun fun!

How do you even serve whole cranberry sauce? Whenever I make it the skins pop open and you mush it up, or at least that's the way I've always done it. Does canned have pieces of cranberry in it, like a jam, or is it clear like a jelly?

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So turkey is a given (I think?) Not for us. Blum 3

What is the best side dish of Thanksgiving? It depends on what I'm serving as an entree. I think my most "traditional" favorites would be roasted root vegetables, mashed potatoes with celery root, and homemade cranberry sauce.

YOu win the debate if you include recipes to your favorite side dishes. Later.... I have a meeting to get to. :oops: ETA: OK, I'm back! Here you go...

Roasted Root Vegetables
Parsnips, peeled
Turnips
Rutabaga, peeled
Carrots
Small red and/or purple potatoes
Shallots, peeled
Olive oil
Garlic, peeled & minced
Fresh thyme
Cut the root vegetables into 1-inch pieces. I like to have a 50/50 ratio between the "other veggies" and the potatoes. Cut the shallots into quarters. Heat the olive oil & simmer the garlic over low heat until it's soft & fragrant. Toss with the veggies & shallots & fresh thyme. Can be prepared to this point up to a day in advance; seal in a plastic bag with all the air pressed out & keep chilled until ready to bake. Pour into a baking dish & bake at 450 degrees until the veggies can be easily pierced through with a skewer, about 30 - 40 minutes. If cooking along with other things at a lower temperature, just add extra cooking time.

Mashed Potatoes & Celery Root
Russet potatoes, about 1.5 pounds
Celery root, about 1.5 pounds
Butter, about 1/4 cup
Sour cream or heavy whipping cream, about 1/4 cup
Salt & pepper to taste
Chives
Peel the potatoes & celery root and cut into 1-inch pieces. Boil until tender & drain. Put in a bowl with the butter & sour cream or heavy whipping cream, and mash thoroughly. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Scrape into a covered baking dish. Can be prepared to this point a day in advance & kept chilled; warm through in an oven or microwave before serving. Sprinkle with chives immediately before serving.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Fresh cranberries, or frozen cranberries rinsed in cold water
For each cup of fresh cranberries, you will need:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Christian Brothers Tawny Port
Combine the cranberries & water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat & simmer, uncovered, until cranberries are tender & popping, about 15 minutes. Stir in the sugar and continue to simmer, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat & stir in the port. Let cool, then store in refrigerator for up to a week.

What does NOT belong on the table on Thanksgiving? Feet. Blum 3 Any kind of food is fair game in my book as long as it doesn't involve a dead animal.

What pie is a requisite? It's a tie between pumpkin and apple

And lastly, what is the best use of the leftovers? What leftovers? :eek:

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

How do you even serve whole cranberry sauce? Whenever I make it the skins pop open and you mush it up, or at least that's the way I've always done it. Does canned have pieces of cranberry in it, like a jam, or is it clear like a jelly?

They come both ways... some the berries are completely strained out into a jelly or you can have it where it's jellied, but still have some berries in. But when taking it out of the can, it can all pop out in one piece so it hardly appears to be a sauce at all, haha!