Favorite Thanksgiving food

Oooo…that sounds really yummy. Sweet potatoes aren’t a big hit in my family…a few of us love them and the others skip them entirely. I may try a new way of making them this year to see if I can get the sweet potato skippers a new choice! This sounds so good…is it easy to find the recipe?

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yes… Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel It’s so good and very easy.

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why choose?

:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :thinking: :rofl:

Halfway between is another good timie. ANd halfway between those. And . . .

Halfway the other direction is pretty good, too, and . . .

And probably one each of traditional and new-fangled. Just for science’ sake, of course . . .

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Thank you! :heart::heart::heart:

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There is a recurring family “drama” regarding Thanksgiving dessert in my husband’s family (we have always celebrated Thanksgiving with his family, Christmas Day with mine):

Our family get togethers for Thanksgiving dinner have included up to 24 people. This year, the number is down to only 12, due to deaths in the family and certain family members not being able to be here due to… well, you know. (NOTICE: yes, there are more people than what is “allowed” by current restrictions… however, there are three households living almost literally across the street and next door to each other in our little rural enclave that interact with each other on a daily basis so…)

Every year, Mom makes the turkey, gravy, stuffing, and onion rolls. My sister in law makes whipped sweet potatoes with crushed pecans, mashed potatoes, two different cranberry dishes (one-cranberry relish with oranges and two-frozen cranberries and cream cheese), and two or three pies: pecan, cherry, and sometimes blueberry. I make a scalloped corn casserole, traditional green bean casserole, and five pies: 2 pumpkin, chocolate cream, coconut cream, and an apple-pear-cranberry pie (which I will swap out with peach if I can’t get to the store to get the apples and pears.)

EVERY YEAR, my mother in law and sister in law say we have too many pies. EVERY YEAR, we have a big discussion: Which one do you want to eliminate? EVERY YEAR, not one pie gets eliminated (except for when we finally eliminated lemon meringue 3 years after my father in law passed because he was the only one who ate it and, for sentimental reasons, my sister in law kept making it)… and EVERY YEAR, there is not one slice of pie left by the time Monday rolls around.

Two years ago, we instituted “Pie Night” on the night before Thanksgiving. My sister in law noted that hardly anyone could eat dessert after the big family meal, so we decided to have “pie for dinner” the night before Thanksgiving. It’s become a hit! And now Mom goes around telling everyone, “Don’t eat so much pie, we won’t have any left for Thanksgiving!” :rofl:

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I call stuffing, stuffing even out of the turkey.

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Stuffing!

Stuffing, stuffing, stuffing!

It might be sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top except everyone in my family rolls their eyes at that! Even the children :deep shock:

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I remember when the brewhahaws began with stuffing the bird! Suddenly, everyone was worried that we weren’t cooking the bird long enough and food poisoning was going to be rampant! Except, it rarely occurred and, if you cooked the bird correctly, it never occurred.

I stuff my bird. I use a thermometer to assure proper temperatures and I haven killed a single member of my family! Stuffing in the bird is twice as moist and twice as delicious! Plus, it also helps keep the bird moist as well.

Bought my Turkey today…a 21.5 lb beauty! Also bought a nice hunk of ham…because surely a 21.5 Turkey won’t feed the 10 of us! :joy::joy::joy:

Have I mentioned I love leftovers! :hugs:

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I do, too, but not in front of the in-laws because I get corrected. After 30+ years, you’d think either I or they would get used to it! :rofl:

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the first turkey I smoked, I used the stuffing recipe that came with the smoker. Quartered onions and apples and other things inside the bird.

THen we backed off, but these days I at least toss some onions in.

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Many things will help keep the Turkey moist. My mom liked to put apples in them! We lived in Ohio where apples are all over the place for free! I prefer onions if I’m not stuffing it. When I but just a breast to roast, I’ll put onions under it, too. It’s leaving it empty that tends to make it dryer.

I also inject my turkeys just under the skin with a mix of peanut oil and melted butter…it comes out unbelievably moist!

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Has anybody mentioned oyster dressing ?

Good stuff, but it’s been a few years since I’ve had it.

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Surely we can’t be the only people who have frog eye salad on Thanksgiving.

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Oh, I bet you are the only people having that! :joy:

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Yum to oyster dressing! My absolute favorite kind but I’ll be going without this year. Just plain herbed Pepperidge Farm style dressing will have to do. It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving dinner for me if I didn’t have dressing with gravy. Maybe next year when I can celebrate with my family I’ll do the oyster dressing again. It’s my son’s favorite kind too.

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Just us and 6.5 million Mormons. :smiley:

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Eww

How many frogs do you have to get for this salad? :nauseated_face:

Do they even sell whole frogs in the store or just their eyes?

Just kidding.

I remember having this when I went to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving. They didn’t use the round pasta but tapioca.

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I think acini di pepe (the tiny cylindrical pasta pieces) are more traditional than tapioca, but tapioca definitely looks more like actual eyes.

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I love frog eye salad!

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