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What is everyone making for Thanksgiving this year?

I'd love to try some new things, I am curious what everyone else is having!

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We had an early Thanksgiving dinner last night since my fil is visiting. We didn't have anything new or exciting though.

We had:
turkey
mashed potatoes and gravy
stuffing
my incredibly unhealthy green beans with bacon
pumpkin pie

On actual Thanksgiving we're having ham, scalloped potatoes, some veggie yet to be decided and pumpkin cheesecake.
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turkey
cranberry wild rice
dh's candied sweet potato (omg sooo good) recipe
probably just regular green beans and not the casserole
homemade rolls
pumpkin pie with real whipped cream

we're debating stuffing, it's just the 4 of us and that is a lot of food already.
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We have a ton of dishes at my dad's house since he loves to cook with butter and cream but we have vegan/lactose intolerant/food sensitive people so some dishes have several variations:

Turkey (brined usually)
Chestnut oyster stuffing
Sausage stuffing
Gimmee-Lean veggies sausage stuffing
pearl onions
Bean Loaf
Kale with butter
asparagus
Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie (probably vegan, I'm in charge of pies and this is easily converted to vegan)
Homemade ice cream
Some yummy cake that my boyfriend makes
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Allyson,
Do you have the bacon and green bean recipe? It has to be healthier than the casserole with the canned soups. or no? Either way I'd like to see it if you have it.
Thanks!

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We're having the same thing we have every year:

Turkey with stuffing & gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Ham
Homemade Noodles
Corn
Deviled Eggs
Cranberries in some form
Rolls
Chocolate Silk Pie
Pumpkin Upside Down Pie
Appke Pie

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We usually have:turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, petite peas, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies with rum whip cream.

But this year we are going to my brother's and he's having everyone in our family. So the menu is a bit different:
turkey and prime rib
cheesy potatoes and mashed potatoes with gravy
candied yams and asparagus casserole
dressing and cranberry sauce
and pumpkin pies with rum whip cream and chocolate chip cookies
Gotta make sure there's something for everyone

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I am making vegetarian items to go along with the dinner.

I will make mushroom gravy
Wild Rice dish with roasted vegetables (parsnip, onion, turnip, butternut squash, garlic, apple) this will also include some wilted kale mixed in.

I will also bring something else. In the past I have brought tofurkey. I eat everything else like the potatoes, stuffing, pie, cranberry sauce.
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Allyson,
Do you have the bacon and green bean recipe? It has to be healthier than the casserole with the canned soups. or no? Either way I'd like to see it if you have it.
Thanks!
Its probably a toss up, but I'd say mine win. I use a bag of frozen whole beans, chop up some onion, crumble some bacon in it. Stir that all up and sprinkle some pepper on top and pour a few spoonfuls of the bacon grease in. Then I bake that until the beans are done. This time I threw it in the oven with the turkey, it took longer that way since the temp was lower but they turned out really well.
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I'm going to brine my turkey breast this year. I did it last year and it made such a difference in terms of moistness.

I watched Giada di Laurentis's holiday special and she made sweet potato gnocchi in brown butter/sage sauce which looked yummy. I may try that... usually I make mashed sweet potatoes instead.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/...5-CARD,00.html

For dessert, I'm thinking of making Turkey Sundaes.. .just because my kids love ice cream more than pie. I think I'll take a scoop of ice cream and then either make triangle shaped tuiles for tales or let them use candy corn to make tales. Probably mini m&ms or chocolate chips for eyes and such. I haven't really figured it out.. but the kids and DH don't like pie.. so...

Oh, we do greek style green beans with tomatoes and olives instead of green bean casserole.

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Wild Rice dish with roasted vegetables (parsnip, onion, turnip, butternut squash, garlic, apple) this will also include some wilted kale mixed in.

Oooh, this sounds good! Do you have a recipe that you use or is it just stuff you throw together? Would love to try it!

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Here is the menu at the moment I am sure we will have a few things added, we will have 14-20 people.

Veggie tray
Cheese crackers
Turkey
Ham
Rolls
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Yams
Stuffing
Green beans with bacon
2 jello salads
Cranberries
Green salad
Pumpkin pie
Apple pie
Pumpkin cheese cake
Peanut butter pie


sweet potato gnocchi in brown butter/sage sauce sounds yummy gonna have too bake a couple of extra sweet potatos to make that later in the week
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Wild Rice dish with roasted vegetables (parsnip, onion, turnip, butternut squash, garlic, apple) this will also include some wilted kale mixed in.
ohhh please share this recipe. I'd like to make this!

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We are going to my moms. she is making
turkey, stuffing, buying rolls, cranberry sauce in a can (yuck)
I am bringing
brussel sprouts/hollondaise sauce
carrots in butter/maple syrup
all deserts
cranberry almond mini bundt cakes
pumpkin pie
apple pie
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ohhh please share this recipe. I'd like to make this!
This actually comes from the newspaper, but I put my own variations
Wild Rice Salad with Root Vegetables and Apples

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/image...party2_160.jpg
Bill Wade/Post-Gazette
Wild Rice Salad with Root Vegetables and Apples is a great make-ahead dish.
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  • 4 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 turnips, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 beets, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 to 3 cups tart apples, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice
  • 7 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch kale, washed, stripped from tough center stalk and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine carrots, parsnips, tur turnips, beets, squash, onions, apples, olive oil and thyme in a large roasting pan and toss thoroughly to combine. Roast approximately one hour, until vegetables are fork-tender. In a separate pot, bring rice and chicken stock to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 55-60 minutes until desired texture is reached; any excess liquid should be drained.
Meanwhile, saute bacon in a large saucepot or Dutch oven on medium-high heat until edges begin to brown. Add garlic and saute for another 30 seconds, without letting garlic scorch. Add kale and continue sauteing until kale wilts and softens, 3 to 4 minutes.
Combine ingredients in a large pot or the roasting pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Serves 12 as a side dish.



Now, my changes were to substitute Veggie Stock for the Chicken Stock. I would suggest using a little less liquid as using the full amount gives you more of a thick moist rice.


I added whole garlic cloves to the vegetables as they roasted. Roasted garlic is wonderfully sweet. I also added some red peppers for color.


Be careful of the amount of oil used when roasting. too much makes the veggies soggy. I recommend cutting the veggies and tossing them in a bowl with a little olive oil to coat then placing them on the pan. You should give the veggies a periodic stir/turn so they don't burn. Add some salt to the veggies before roasting to help bring out the flavors.


When I cooked the kale, I added a couple more cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. It helped.

I didn't use the thyme. I cheated and used Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute which actually tasted great.

If you have troubles finding a butternut squash, or don't want to carve one, substitute sweet potatoes.

I only made half of this recipe and it was still enough to feed about 8-10 people. I am making the whole recipe and I am afraid of home much it will make.

Oh, I didn't even put in the beets. That actually didn't sound good to me at all.

Since mine was a vegetarian version, I didn't use the bacon either.
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Our tentative menu is:

Tofurkey
cornbread dressing
veg gravy
mashed potatoes
cranberry sauce
roasted brussels sprouts
sauteed green beans
homemade rolls
sweet potato casserole (with vegan marshmallows)
pumpkin pie

Last year, I cooked for a lot of people, but I think this year it's just going to be us. We'll have leftovers for days, I love it!
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thank you!! that sounds sooo good!!

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Here is what I decided:


Brie En Croute
Stuffed Mushrooms
Sausage Cheese Balls
Deviled Eggs
Ham (dh doesn't care for turkey and ham is much easier anyway)
Oyster Stuffing (for DH, personally I think this is so ewww!)
Cornbread Stuffing (for me!)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Beans
Carrots
Salad
Rolls
Cranberry Sauce
Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

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Appetizers
Fresh Raw Veggies
Gravlax
Herbed Creme Fraiche Dip

Salad Course
Mixed Green Salad with Walnuts and Apple
Raw Cider Vinaigrette

Side Dishes
Wild Rice Dressing with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts
Sauteed Kale
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum Butter
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Condiments
Cranberry Kumquat Sauce
Pickled Beets
Pickled Turnips

Main Dish
Roasted Turkey (of course! ) with Gravy

Dessert
Pumpkin Custard with Apple & Pear Compote[/QUOTE]

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mirlee - the rice was SOOOO good!!!!


thank you!

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mmmm....

we had:

Turkey, stuffing, gravy, candied yams, collard greens and pear, ginger cranberry sauce. Oh yeah, and the apple butter pumpkin pie with maple whipped cream I'm still eating.
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Our meal turned out great! There are some pictures and comments on my blog (link in sig) if anyone wants to see! I'm just happy I don't have to cook for while.

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mirlee - the rice was SOOOO good!!!!


thank you!
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I am glad it worked out for you! I really liked it as well. It was just as good the second day.

As for our dinner yesterday, there were only three of us, so we didn't go as heavy on the food.

We had an amazing cornbread with dried cranberry stuffing, peas, smashed sweet potatoes, dh and ds had a honey glazed turkey, I had tofurkey slices that I layered with cornbread stuffing and mushroom gravy, jellied cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream, and fresh baked bread.
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