What Does YOUR Typical Thanksgiving Dinner Include?

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Thanksgiving is around the corner. Do you know what you're having? Besides the Turkey - it, of course, is always the main attraction. But what about the lesser known side dishes? They deserve love and attention too and are typically family favorites. Who can resist yams or mashed potatoes, turkey stuffing, green beans, and cranberry sauce!

Not necessarily a side dish, but definitely worth pairing up - Turkey Wines!

Below are links to "side attraction" dishes worth checking out:

Please post and let us know what YOUR typical Thanksgiving Dinner includes!

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My family’s typical Thanksgiving dinner includes the usual Turkey, mashed potatoes, my Aunt’s gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing. The unusual dishes include: Green beans with sautéed onions and bacon, my mom’s zucchini gratin, broccoli & cauliflower with a cheese sauce and this one dish that my siblings and I call, Green Jell-O but its more than just green Jell-O. It’s made with lime Jell-O, whip cream, cottage cheese, cherries and walnuts. I have never actually eaten it because I’m not a big fan of Jell-O but my family loves it. We have it at every Thanksgiving Dinner, whether that is in Napa with my Dad's family or in Bakersfield with my Mom's family.

Being raised in an Italian family, Turkey and Ham are a side dish! Surprise Surprise... Our family Thanksgiving meals are filled with Lasagna, Spaghetti and Meat Balls, Sweet and Hot Italian Sausage, Eggplant Parmesan, Stuffed Mushrooms, tomatoes straight from the garden, figs freshly picked from the tree, home cured Sicilian olives and the special treats we cannot forget about, homemade Rum Cake and Canoli's for dessert served with Espresso of course. Waking to the smells of the sauce cooking for days before the feast are pure delight, the anticipation of Thanksgiving Day Dinner, one can hardly wait for that day to arrive. The Canoli shells are made a couple of days in advance then hidden in another room. The shells must be hidden simply because once found, they find their way into the kitchen, into the fridge and then stuffed with Great Great Grandma's heavenly filling of Ricotta Cheese, shaved chocolate & cherry bits, then quickly savored before being caught!
Is Thanksgiving Day here yet? It's almost time to get the sauce started!

Our Thanksgiving meal always includes the following, although other dishes vary from year to year--

--Roasted Turkey (tried a fresh one last year for the first time and it was worth the added cost)
--Homemade Gravy
--Dressing from a holiday recipe brochure the mayor of a small Ohio town sent as a Christmas greeting to colleagues sometime in the 1970s (best traditional recipe ever)
--Jamaican Sweet Potatoes from a recipe from the Washington Post that is about 15 years old
--Cranberry Sauce that includes fresh cranberries, Granny Smith apple, toasted walnuts, a bit of white wine, and a cinnamon stick (from a recipe that was on a bottle of Fetzer wine several years ago)
--Pumpkin pie (from the recipe on the can of Libby's pumpkin)
--Chocolate Angel Dessert, a combination of angel food cake pieces and a rich chocolate sauce that's been a holiday staple since I started having it at Gramma's holiday dinners 50 years ago

We always take a few minutes to have everyone at the table tell something he/she is particularly grateful for. This is the "icing on the cake".

I would love to try some of those recipes you mentioned. Any chance of forwarding them to me...?

Thank you (in advance),
Kathi ( KissyKid@aol.com )

I would love those recipes as well? Any chance of u sending them to me???
Thank you!

Patty, can I get the recipe for the cranberry sauce? treasah@hotmail.com

Turkey slow cook all day, pumkin pie for desert, gravy, sweet patatos, mashes patatos, and cranberry sauce!! Not fatty just the perfect surving!! Not to expensive eaither! Perfect for the whole family!

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