Thanksgiving Question

Pumpkins, gourds, turning leaves… Thanksgiving is almost here!

As I sip a Latte (double shot, not pumpkin spiced) and begin working on a Thanksgiving menu… I have a question for all of you Thanksgiving celebratin’ food loving friends of mine:

What does a traditional (classic) Thanksgiving meal consist of?

Big or small, lots of dishes or a just few – let me know your thoughts, experience, favorites…

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7 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Question

  1. My mom made the best! Turkey, dressing (found no one else’s close but my hubby), green beans, corn and carrots (from the garden), mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Also, baked beans and her awesome baked mac & cheese…cheese browned on top and stayed on top! Homemade pumpkin, apple and mincemeat pies, pineapple upside down cake… Now I’m hungry!

  2. lots of dishes and really the traditional ones to make up the perfect bite. turkey, dressing, cranberries are kind of can’t miss. i’m planning on contributing some more veggie-centric sides this year to counteract the carb fest that thanksgiving can become, though.

  3. In Jerrilynnland, we have a turkey (which we raised ourselves this year), stuffing (white bread croutons, sage, thyme, black olives, onions, garlic, celery, butter, chicken stock, salt & pepper, that’s it), green bean casserole, some kind of salad, canned jellied cranberry sauce (cuz my daughter likes it… I don’t touch the stuff), pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. Grew Jarrahdale pumpkins this year for my pumpkin pies, can’t WAIT to try them! I do a lot of this type of cooking in the wintertime, though. Keeps the family full & the house warm. What more could a person want? 🙂

    • Oh yeah, and gravy. I make totally butt-kickin’ gravy. No lumps. You’d think it came from a “packet” (but no way, it’s fresh/homemade… best way!).

  4. Turkey, oyster stuffing, cranberry sauce, baked corn, green bean casserole, baked ham with pineapple, mashed potatoes and gravy, 7 layer salad, relish plate filled with pickles – sweet and dill, olives, candied apples, carrot sticks, celery sticks, radishes, and pickled herring, pumpkin pie with whipped cream topping, hot spiced apple cider, and lots of family!

  5. We’ve got a huge family, so it starts with a baked turkey started the night before, then a homemade mac and cheese, collard greens cooked with turkey, blackeyed peas and rice, a fried in peanut oil turkey, ham, potato salad, fresh homemade cranberry sauce, apple pie, pumpkin pie and peach cobbler. And of course liberal splashes of crying babies, a dollop of a game of cards and a dash of family laughter.

  6. I grew up on the coast of North Carolina where the people are of Irish fishing culture. We had what I call the classics: thurkey, ham, mustard potato salad, green beans, and desserts such as, sweet potato pie, coconut pie, and all kinds of cakes. We also sometimes would have shrimp, scallops, or oysters. What ever was in season!

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