Favorite Thanksgiving Food?

What’s your favorite one Thanksgiving food?  It could be something you make or something you remember having on prvious Thanksgivings.  If it’s something really yummy and you have the recipe, will you share it?

My grandma always made Watergate Salad and I dearly love that stuff.   Since I’m trying to lose weight and since I like it way more than anyone else around here and since I eat more of it than anything else on Thanksgiving Day, I think I’m going to exercise a bit of self-discipline and not make it this year.

I also love Cranberry Cherry Salad.  I started making it several years ago and we all love it so I’m definitely making that this year.  Here’s the recipe:

Cranberry Cherry Salad

1 – 16 oz. can jellied cranberry sauce
1 – 16.5 oz. can pitted dark sweet cherries, drained and coarsely chopped (I sometimes just cut them in half)
1 – 10.5 oz. crushed pineapple with juice
1 – 6 oz. package cherry Jello
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 cups boiling water

In a medium saucepan, melt the cranberry sauce over low heat.    Stir in the cherries and pineapple with juice.  Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, pour boiling water over Jello and stir til Jello dissolves.  Combine the Jello mix with the cranberry mix.  Stir in the almond extract.

Pour into a 9 x 13 type dish and refrigerate overnight.

Yum!  This stuff is so good!


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    This is an easy one–no it’s not. How about a sweet — Grandpa’s Fudge, and a side, Grandma’s Oyster Casserole. YUM! I shared the fudge recipe on my blog, a couple of days ago. Good stuff! 🙂

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    Mom’s cornbread dressing. She used to bake up a couple of extra batches to freeze for me. I make a fairly good rendition of hers, but I don’t really have a recipe. Just start boiling giblets and seasonings at 4:00 in the morning. Run all of that through the old hand meat grinder that attaches to the edge of the table. Make cornbread, and mix it all together adding some of the juice from the boiled giblets if necessary. Put it all in a cassarole dish and bake until brown on top.

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    Oh, Mom’s sweet potato crunch, also. It’s easy. Just peel and boil up as many yams or sweet potatoes as you think you’ll need. When they’re tender, drain them, cut them in hunks and put them in a glass baking dish. Put butter pats, brown sugar and chopped pecans over the top and bake. Sometimes when we were little she’d put marshmellows on the top also, but I like it better without now.

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    Debbie says

    Easy Mom’s coconut creme pie…. have had to start making it myself and it isn’t nearly as good as hers

    I love the Watergate Salad also, maybe we could get together with friends and share a recipe of that.. I am the only one in my house that eats it.. so haven’t had it the past few years.

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    Marilyn Smith says

    My dressing/stuffing. A redone one of Mom’s. Full of mushrooms, seasoned bread and crumbs, onions, garlic, sage, thyme, poultry seasoning, melted butter, broth, Italian parsley. I mix it up in the large foil roasting pans. Stuff the bird, bake an extra big roaster pan…pure heaven with or without gravy, cold from the fridge. Quite a bit disappears while it is cooling! Who needs turkey!

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    My grandmother made the best Graham Cracker Pie and I didn’t get the recipe before she died. I looked for that recipe for 10 years when my friend gave me her mother’s Graham Cracker Pie recipe and by golly! There it was! Now it is tradition for me to bake several of these pies. I have already been asked several times if I am baking this year. Of course I am!

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    pat says

    I have made your receipe too and it is good. try putting chopped up walnuts in it.

    My favorite is the stuffing with alot of garlic, mushrooms, celery, corn and onions.

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    Sandra Neel Hutchins says

    You just put up the recipe for my favorite Thanksgiving food: Cranberry salad. I have the same recipe. Next on my list is the roast turkey.

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    I’m not cooking this year but my two favorites are a a sage dressing and a sweet potato soufflé. I’d share the recipes but they’re not mine…just ones Ive found through the years.

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    Lisa says

    Turkey, dressing and gravy are my favorites. My husband’s family prefers ham over turkey. My MIL didn’t even cook a turkey last year. I almost didn’t even go over there. I mean — Thanksgiving without turkey????? UNHEARD OF!!!

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    It’s a toss up between the stuffing and a corn casserole. The corn casserole is very rich and has lots of butter in it, so I only make it at Thanksgiving. I love the stuffing, but I actually do use stuffing for other things throughout the year, so it’s not a once a year treat like the corn casserole. To be honest, I love ALL the sides and trimmings, and could skip the turkey completely!!

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    Sad to say, but my favorite part is the cranberry straight from the can and still shaped like the can! Love it and think that your recipe sounds pretty good too…and still made from the canned stuff, so I might give it a try!

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    I just love turkey with bread stuffing. Can’t be beat in my book.
    Wishing everyone a fabulous Turkey Day with friends and relatives.

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    Kathy C says

    My favorite is my stuffing, cornbread, sausage, walnuts, dried cranberries and apples, moistened with apple cider.

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    sweet potatoes with brown sugar/butter/cream/marshmallows and Nutmeg. I cook these in a crock pot. My nephew and I can hardly eat anything else first!

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    judy, i’m not trying to lead you astray, but if you are going to feel deprived, make the watergate salad. it’s only once a year. just don’t eat the whole bowl! or slim it down with lower fat ingredients.

    my favorite dish really is the bird. i love white meat with gravy and homemade mashed potatoes. yummmm.

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    Marie says

    I guess my favorite would be my dressing. Mom taught me how to make it years ago and the only time I get it is Thanksgiving. The rest of our meal are things we eat all the time, they are just the kids favorites.

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    My Mom’s Sausage Dressing, with her Cran-Strawberry sauce on top. No recipe on the Dressing, but the sauce is easy: use canned whole-berry sauce and slice up frozen strawberries into it (while still frozen). Use as many berries as you want – I try to get it so that there is an even mix between berries and cranberries…so every scoop has at least one strawberry. It’s really yummy!

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    Your cranberry recipe is similar to a favorite of mine only mine calls for walnuts and a chopped apple as well. I make this all year ’round, we love it so much!

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    It’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas at our house without cranberry-jello salad. Orange jello, whole berry cranberry sauce, chopped up oranges, celery and either walnuts or pecans.

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    Sandy says

    In my family we *must* have oatmeal stuffing in our turkey. At least 4 generations of my family have made it. My cousins and their families make it, too! We carry on the tradition! My grandparents were from Scotland, which is where it originated.

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    Jackie says

    My families favorite Thanksgiving dish is Shrimp salad. This was made by my grandmother. I now make it. It wouln’t be Thanksgiving without it. Also another tradition is pickled beets and eggs.