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Old 11-09-2017, 03:28 AM
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The one thing that seems to distinguish Thanksgiving dinners is the sides. I have noticed regional and familial differences in what the perfect sides are. In addition, in my family and I'm sure some others, we are dealing with specific dietary needs of some family members.

So....what are the "must have" sides at your Thanksgiving dinner?


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Old 11-09-2017, 03:35 AM
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mashed potatoes and gravy
dressing/stuffing
sweet potato casserole
squash ( if we are with son in laws family)
green beans - think we skipped them last year
cranberry orange relish
jellied cranberry sauce
dinner rolls
pumpkin and apple pies

so terribly basic...
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:36 AM
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Here are mine:

-Winter squash. We used to have my mother's squash casserole (just mashed butternut squash with an egg or two and a little cream beaten in, slightly sweetened with brown sugar and spiced with nutmeg)...but now we usually have roasted acorn or delicata squash wedges.

-Succotash. Corn, beans, tomatoes.

-Dressing. Bread, butter, onion, celery, maybe apples, and sage & other herbs. Now we have wild rice dressing as well.

-Cranberry jelly. Out of a can. Yep, just slid into a dish. Mmmmm...

-Steamed cranberry pudding...made with molasses, served with a hard sauce.

There will be pickles, olives, rolls, etc...but the above dishes are our essentials. Even when I change things up, I try for the "three sisters" (squash, beans, corn) and other native foods (cranberries, wild rice).
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:44 AM
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Mashed potatoes
Green bean casserole
Rolls
Dressing/Stuffing
Pecan pie
Cranberry sauce - I make a jello-y one with orange

We usually have other sides too but these are my personal classics.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:53 AM
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I try to keep it simple.


  • pretzel roll dressing
  • shredded wheat/wild rice dressing (sounds gross, but is awesome)
  • Pioneer Woman's baked mashed potatoes (holy cow, amazing)
  • lemon-y roasted green beans
  • homemade cranberry relish
  • fancy pants green salad
  • adobe mashed sweet potatoes
  • weird cottage cheese/pineapple/red Jello powder/Cool Whip salad (a nod to my Midwest background)

We serve red chile instead of gravy.


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Old 11-09-2017, 05:02 AM
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Ours is very basic:

Mashed potatoes and gravy
Stuffing
Green bean casserole
Cranberries from the can ( slid out so you have the can ridges )
Crusty French bread rolls
Pumpkin pie with whipped cream

My sister's SO likes those canned yams with a bunch of brown sugar on them so we make it for him. He's the only one that eats it, but it's a Thanksgiving
"thing" for him so we gladly do it

Zia-- we used to always have that cottage cheese /jello salad too, except ours was with lemon jello. It is weirdly delicious IMO.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:03 AM
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Zia-- we used to always have that cottage cheese /jello thing, too except ours was with lemon jello. It is weirdly delicious IMO.
We use red Jello, hence the name Pink Salad. It is weirdly delicious!
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:40 AM
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Stuffing
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Sweet potato casserole
Corn
cranberry sauce
Broccoli
Pumpkin pie
Apple pie

These are all must haves. We also change a few sides every year.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:42 AM
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Mine look very similar to bison06's and Cat woman's lists.
Mashed potatoes
green bean casserole
dinner rolls
stuffing
cranberry sauce (from the can)
corn
gravy
We usually add pigs in a blanket, too, though they tend to be more of an appetizer to keep people from becoming hangry.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:54 AM
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Mashed potatoes and gravy--"the" gravy...using the liquids from the turkey.

Corn

Dressing (Bread-based, not cornbread)

Cranberry Pecan salad

Martian Salad (Cool whip, pistachio pudding mix, pineapple)

Good rolls

Strawberry Pretzels Dessert or Pecan Pie

If I have these things, I am a Happy Camper.


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Old 11-09-2017, 07:57 AM
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Mashed potatoes/gravy
Stuffing- with pecans, onion, celery, butter
Green beans
Salad
Rolls
Cranberry
Relish dish- black olives, scallions, radishes, celery, sweet pickles

Pecan or cherry pie or ice cream
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:35 AM
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Mine is pretty similar to others, the choices have grown over the years as our extended family has actually gotten larger due to establishing themselves in our area. People are open to letting others know if their favorite side will be there, and if not, then that's what they bring!

Over the years, we have "assigned" sides to various members of the family, and it's funny how we rarely have to discuss who brings what as everyone knows what they've been assigned in the past! We also have an assortment of friends/acquaintances without a place to go, so they are assigned wine/beer or a pie (you can NEVER have too many of those!)
Garlic mashed potatoes w/ sour cream
Wild rice dressing with Pepperidge Farm bread stuffing
Gravy
green bean casserole
--squash (from the garden)
cranberry - jellied from the can
--cranberry/orange relish
Fruit salad (using whatever fresh fruit can be found - grapes, sectioned oranges, apples, pears if available, bananas, maraschino cherries, canned pineapple, mini marshmallows) This used to be made with heavy cream whipped with a bit of powdered sugar and vanilla, but we've lightened it up with a lime-honey dressing made with greek yogurt.
--Rolls - small dinner and mini croissants from the artisan bakery here in town. Always order more than needed for turkey sandwiches the next day!
Pies: at the very least - pecan, apple, pumpkin, but more are always welcome!

My mother used to make creamed pearl onions - a recipe she found in her Williamsburg Cookbook. No matter how spread out we siblings are, when we connect on Thanksgiving, we laugh about how she and Dad were the ONLY ones eating those! Oh... and sitting down at the holiday table and carefully inventorying the dishes as there was ALWAYS some forgotten dish in the oven or on top of the stove! (Usually the rolls warming in the oven in the pre-microwave days)

Thanks for a GREAT thread! (By the way, I just learned that PT limits us to 10 smilies/images!)
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:52 AM
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My Mom's Deviled Eggs

My Party Potatoes

I make mashed potatoes from scratch and then add lots of butter, cream cheese and sour cream! They are to die for! I know. That is why I only make them for holiday meals.

Paula Dean's Green Bean Bundles

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/...la-deen-149360
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:36 AM
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My mom continues to host Thanksgiving and makes these sides:
homemade mashed potatoes and homemade turkey gravy

homemade stuffing

homemade cranberry sauce AND jellied cranberries from the can

great grandma's recipe for cole slaw

escalloped corn (some call it corn pudding or corn casserole) It's sooo good and only made at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

some type of squash

I'm in charge of the buns since that's the only thing I make that tastes better than my mom's
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:23 AM
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I don't know why, but one of my favourite times of the year is when my American PTers start talking about Thanksgiving.
I love reading all the posts.
Now that I am retired and have a flexible schedule, I celebrate American Thanksgiving too!
Even though the harvest is over, the leaves have dropped from the trees and the air is definitely nippy, there is something fun about celebrating a second Thanksgiving a few weeks after our own Thanksgiving.

Our traditional Thanksgiving sides include:

*tomato juice
*roast turkey
*dressing -- onion and celery are the traditional stars of our bread dressing
*cranberry sauce
*gravy
*relish tray --- olives, pickles, celery, carrot sticks, pickled beets
*mashed potatoes
*turnip
*squash
*corn
*broccoli --- a more modern addition since it is now available year round in grocery stores
*carrots
*jellied salad --- I don't make one but it is part of my traditional memories
*coleslaw
*buns
*butter --- not margarine
*pumpkin pie
*apple pie
*whipped cream or ice cream to go with pies
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:02 AM
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Since it's just DH and I at Thanksgiving (all the kids will come this year for Christmas) we don't do the whole turkey dinner thing, we wait for Christmas to do that. We will once again have a dinner in memory of my dad - every few years when I was a kid we would have lobster for Thanksgiving. He said he would be much more thankful to see a lobster on his plate than a slab of turkey. So we'll continue that tradition and have salad and rolls with our lobster this year, and be thinking about my dad.
I'll still make an apple pit tho, I can't resist.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:43 PM
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mashed potatoes and gravy
brussel sprouts with cheese sauce
stuffing
relish tray
sweet potato casserole
pecan pie
pumpkin pie
rolls
cranberry relish
green salad
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:29 PM
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turkey
mashed potatoes/gravy
green bean casserole
dressing
deviled eggs
rolls
barbecue/slaw (one doesn't eat turkey)
cheesecake
chocolate pie

sweet tea
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:41 PM
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I forgot to add one side that we have. Lefse! It's a norwegian bread that looks like a tortilla. We butter it and sprinkle white or brown sugar on it and roll it up. Some people in the family use it like a tortilla and put a little bit of everything on their plate on the lefse.

I know some people spend a day making it at home and you really can't beat the taste of homemade. I, however, buy it at a local bakery and it's pretty darn close to perfect.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:47 PM
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Stuffing
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Sweet potato casserole
Cranberry sauce
Some kind of vegetable
Biscuits
Salad
An ice cream cake from Dairy Queen sometimes the pumpkin blizzard one
At lunch time we have my mom’s taco dip.

Fish 2 if you don’t want to cook for just two for Thanksgiving, you and your husband should go to a restaurant that offers Thanksgiving buffets on that day. That way you can still enjoy the traditional fixings without all of the work.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:21 PM
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I eat turkey several times a week during the year but at Thanksgiving it is all about the sides.

mashed potatoes
sweet potato casserole
broccoli casserole - yummy
green beans - but not in the casserole- not a fan
corn - sometimes
stuffing
cranberry sauce - it must be from a can.
biscuits or crescent rolls
homemade gravy made with the drippings- NEVER out of a jar.

When I was growing up we would have mashed turnips but we don't have it anymore because my mom and I were the only ones who liked them.

Pies - I make the pumpkin and my sister in law's family will bring an apple pie. When my mom was alive she would make a great lemon meringue pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My niece tried to duplicate it once after she died but it isn't the same.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:36 PM
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sage dressing
cranberry relish
mashed potatoes/gravy
sweet potato casserole

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Old 11-09-2017, 09:07 PM
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Mashed potatoes and gravy
stuffing
cranberries
green bean casserole
our oldest DIL's famous mac and cheese
corn on the cob
pumpkin and peach pie
usually a birthday cake because its right around DH's birthday

Nancy
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:19 PM
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Our sides are:

- mashed potatoes
- sweet potato casserole
- cranberry sauce
- broccoli/cheese casserole
- rolls - Publix used to have these "brown'n'serve" rolls but I can't find them anymore, so we usually have either crescents of the King's Hawaiian rolls

A couple of years I made this AMAZING turkey sausage stuffing from one of Giada's recipes. But the last few years, the Thanksgivings have been small (just my family of 4 and my parents) so I haven't made it again.

Zia and catwoman, my grandmother used to make that same Jello thing, but with pistachio flavored pudding.
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