Ask the Audience: Thanksgiving Dish

Heather says:

Growing up, I always knew it was Thanksgiving when I awoke to the smell of onions, butter, and celery and to this day the scent evokes nostalgia.

Almost everyone has a key item that makes or breaks their Thanksgiving meal.  For my sister it is green bean casserole, for me it’s the dressing.  So Home Eccers, tell me, what menu item makes your Thanksgiving meal special? If you have previously posted the recipe, feel free to link in the comments.



10 Comments

  1. Margolis on November 19, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Dressing all the way!! But yes, pumpkin pie too. One year my aunt tried to mix it up by making a casserole of sorts instead of dressing AND she made a pumpkin cheesecake instead of pumpkin pie. Total rebellion. Very unkind words said to my aunt. No one has ever mixed it up again in my extended family 🙂 Thanksgiving is all about tradition for us!

  2. Bramble on November 19, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    we have to have a green bean casserole despite the fact that no one except my husband likes it. (i’ve figured out a way to make one from scratch, GF/CF so i’m hoping the extra effort might make it taste better…)
    growing up my mom would always make what she calls sweet potato pie but is more like a sweet potato cobbler thing with nuts and butter and crumbly topping that just spells Thanksgiving for me. (unfortunately i haven’t figured out how to make that one passable allergy free). My own personal favorite is apple pie, and I make one every year just for me lol My boys love my home made cranberry sauce, which makes me happy because all it is is sugar, water, and cranberries and can be made a day or two before!

  3. Fresh Girl on November 19, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    There are lots of things on the menu that I love and HAVE to have, but the one that takes me back to my childhood and Thanksgiving dinners at my grandparents’ house is something that we call “Green Stuff.”

    It’s … dry pistachio pudding mix
    a can of crushed pineapple (drained)
    a container of cottage cheese
    a tub of Cool Whip

    ….all mixed together and chilled. Sometimes we add a little can of mandarin oranges, but I prefer it without. I LOVE IT and there had better be some on my table Thursday. 😉

  4. Erinn on November 19, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    I jsut love green bean casserole. I can’t have thanksgiving without it!

  5. Jasi on November 19, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    It’s not Thanksgiving without the smell of Sage or Cinnamon in the air. Sage Sausage Stuffing is my Thanksgiving staple. It reheats really well for leftovers, too.

  6. anon on November 19, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Keilbasa from the butcher (not grocery store) and saurkraut. A little of that on a fork with mashed potatoes, yum.

  7. DB Ferguson on November 19, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Our family Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without my mother’s “Green Rice”. I found this recipe on Cooks.com and it sounds about like the way my mother makes this.

    BROCCOLI RICE AND CHEESE CASSEROLE

    1/2 c. chopped onions
    1/2 c. chopped celery
    1 lg. pkg. frozen broccoli
    1 pkg. Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
    4 c. cooked rice
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 can cream of chicken soup

    Precook broccoli and rice separately. In large saucepan, melt butter and saute onions and celery. Add cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup and cheese; stir until melted. Fold in broccoli and rice. Pour in large, ungreased casserole dish and heat for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Makes a great side dish or meal by itself.

  8. Annaid on November 19, 2007 at 11:19 am

    PIE!! Pumpkin is required; others can include pecan, apple, lemon . . . anything! There should be so much that it lasts for several days afterward. I also love it for breakfast the next day.

  9. Taylor on November 19, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Dressing for me to- my mother’s cornbread dressing. Frankly, I only eat the other stuff because people would think I’m weird if I only ate dressing, but I would happily fill an entire plate with that.

  10. Connie on November 19, 2007 at 10:25 am

    For me, there has to be pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie and hot chocolate for breakfast the next morning is another must.

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