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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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???
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
*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
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.
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.
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 ) 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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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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Nathaniel ( 10 ) and Juliet ( 7 )
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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
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
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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