Hello, hello! Since my favorite holiday is right around the corner, I thought I’d share our usual Thanksgiving menu with you. Dad makes a feast and it’s only fair that I share all of the mouthwatering morsels. Plus, we need to start making a shopping list and this will help us remember what to add. Who said a blog couldn’t act as a handy-dandy reminder? So, in no particular order of deliciousness, our Thanksgiving spread includes:
1. Turkey, of course. Dad’s kind of a traditionalist when it comes to the bird. It’s stuffed and roasted. When I was a kid and we had 30+ people over, I vaguely remember the occasional backup ham, but we always have the turkey.
2. Stuffing. I know we’re in Texas and that cornbread stuffing is like the law here, but that’s not what Dad makes. He does an Italian stuffing with sausage and other things. I fully admit that it’s my favorite part of the meal.
3. Mashed potatoes. This has morphed a little over the years from a traditional dish to something more flavorful. There’s usually garlic and other things involved. It’s another favorite.
4. Mashed sweet potatoes. Originally, we had the whole candied yams dish with the marshmallows and all that, but Dad found a recipe a while back for a mashed version with nuts and brown sugar. I’m not the biggest fan of sweet potatoes, but the mashed version seems to go over well with other people.
5. Green bean casserole. Every year, Dad tweaks something or adds something new. Last year, he went from the old recipe pretty much everyone does to a fresh version we saw on Good Eats. It was tasty and pretty easy to make.
6. Corn pudding. This is actually a fairly recent addition (within the last five years). It replaced the canned corn that we always forgot to put out. As far as I know, Dad still tweaks this one.
7. Spinach casserole. We’ve had this one for as long as I can remember, but I only started eating it within the last ten years. It never seems to change.
8. Stuffed mushrooms. These are one of our usual appetizers. Italian sausage stuffing and lots of cheese. Everyone loves them.
9. Deviled eggs. The other usual appetizer. And I just feel the need to point out that Dad always remembers that I’m not big on the paprika sprinkled on top, so he makes half without it. I’m very loved.
10. Cranberry chutney. This seems to change every year. Last year, Dad found a recipe without apples, so I could eat it. This is served alongside the jellied cranberry sauce, because why not?
I feel like I’m probably missing something, but I can’t think of anything. Dessert is left up to our guests. What does your Thanksgiving feast include? Are you the chef or a guest? Do you have any traditions you’d like to share? Feel free to share it all in a comment on here or on any of my social media pages!