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Paint 11-22-2005 09:58 PM

Help with 'traditional' Thanksgiving Dinner items..
 
Since moving over to the USA from England, we have celebrated Thanksgiving every year with a special meal...but our Thanksgiving Dinner has been more like a traditional English Christmas Dinner (Turkey, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, bacon-wrapped sausages, peas, brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli and roast potatoes - often followed by Christmas pudding (Plum Pudding).

This tended to spoil Christmas Dinner for us, as we were having the same meal for both celebrations...so this year I want to make a traditional American Thanksgiving meal.

I have the Turkey, and a nice recipe for home-made Green bean casserole, and another recipe for 'Bourbon Pecan Smashed Sweet Potatoes'...but what other sides would be traditionally served with the Thanksgiving Turkey? What sorts of veggies etc.??

Thanks :)

Paint.

Andy M. 11-22-2005 10:05 PM

There are some similarities. Cranberries are a staple along with sweet potato, squash and pumpkin sides and pies. Apple and pecan pies are also popular. Some folks make Jell-O salads or ambrosia.

Of course, the word traditional means different things to different families and to different parts of the country.

For example, when I was a child, my mom never made any kind of potato. She made rice pilaf to serve with the turkey.

Paint 11-22-2005 10:20 PM

I love Pecan pie - so that will definately be for dessert this year :)

The only type of squash I've ever cooked as a side has been courgettes (green squash) sliced and either roasted or sauteed, so ideas for more squash/pumpkin (I've never cooked pumpkin) would be good.

I just thought of having sweetcorn for a side too.

Is there anything special you do with carrots or other veggies, like you do with the green bean casserole?

paint.

Paint.

Andy M. 11-22-2005 10:23 PM

Carrots can be glazed with brown sugar.

For squash, consider butternut. I roast it then puree the flesh and mix it with butter and roasted garlic or butter and brown sugar, or all three.

Vegas Girl 11-24-2005 09:18 AM

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

GB 11-24-2005 09:23 AM

I know this is kind of late, but don't forget the stuffing/dressing.

thumpershere2 11-24-2005 11:01 AM

Wouldn't be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie with whip cream or ice cream on top. We always have a wild rice hot dish too.


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