Turkey Traditions

Lil Chickie Mama

10 Years
Apr 1, 2009
After scanning the recipes on and off for a few hours (I'm at work) I am so sick of everyone trying to put a twist on "traditional Thanksgiving dinner." Where's the recipes and list of side dishes for the apparently few of us "young kids" who are having their first Thanksgiving at their house and want to recreate an actual traditional meal no twists involved? I know it's early but I like to be prepared. What is part of your non-twisted-traditional thanksgiving dinner?
Green bean casserole with those crispy onion things on top, made with mushroom or cream of celery soup.

Biscuits or dinner rolls

LOTS of mashed potatoes, stir in sour cream and butter and some black pepper and a little salt, and make three times as much gravy as you think you are going to need.

Cranberry sauce. You can just push it out of the can and slice it.

Peas with little pearl onions in them.


Potato salad

deviled eggs

pumpkin bread

Pumpkin pie

Chips and dip

Cut fresh carrots, celery, cauliflower and broccoli and ranch dressing, oh and Black Olives
this is what I fix every single year and have for the past 21 years
mashed potatoes
mac & cheese
green beans
cornbread dressing
cranberry sauce
deviled eggs
now desert is
cherry cheese cake
pumpkin pie
pumpkin rolls
sometimes chocolate creme pie or kelime pie or lemon pie for dh
I also like to do reese's peanut butter pie but it is too rich and alot of this stuff I can't eat anymore.
my mom always fixes green bean cassirole and holindais sauce for the asparagus
i have been making the standard dinner for over 40 years.. i make cornbread and sausage stuffing for hubby.. regular sage stuffing too for son. canned cranberry sauce for me and cranberry salad for others . no veggies there is too much to eat already. fruit salad.. easy. fruit cocktail, banana, apple, sour cream and mini marshmallows,..cresent rolls, mashed potatoes, yams with marshmallows on them, turkey and gravy of course, a relish tray with pickles, green onions, radishes, celery and carrots. turkey and gravy of course,, and pies.. pumpkin and pecan. if you need recipes just email me i am from so. calif too and we probably eat alot the same way
The turkey, of course!
Cornbread dressing w/giblet gravy
cranberry & orange relish
potato salad
deviled eggs
brocolli casserole w/white cream sauce & crushed Ritz cracker crumbs on
rum carrots
green salad
Desserts; mincemeat pie, cranberry-raisin pie, pumpkin pie
& watch the dog show on TV!
Boneless Ham (mom always did both!)
Bread Stuffing.. I don't like cornbread..
Gravy (of course)
Yams/Sweet Potatoes with lots of brown sugar.. I like to add apples
Redskin mashed potatoes with lumps

Green Bean casserole.. extra french fried onions
Caramelized Carrots
Dinner Rolls
Cranberry sauce

Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie

Pre dinner munchies:
Relish tray with pickles, olives, vegetables and ranch dip (I use the sour cream with the ranch packet)
Cheese and cracker tray
Spinach Dip
Cheese ball
Deviled Eggs

And for breakfast.. grandma's sticky buns, made by my dad
Stuffing (with sausage and mushrooms)
Mashed potatos
Mashed butternut squash (with brown sugar )
Some kind of veggie casserole..
Cant forget the cranberries!
Typical New England dinner..
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dressing cooked in the bird
gravey with giblets in it
a second dressing with oysters
green bean casserole
yeast rolls and dinner rolls
deviled eggs
mashed potatoes
sweet potato casserole with marshmallow on top
cranberry sauce (don't know why, cause nobody in our family ever ate it)
twice baked acorn squash with spinach, parmesan cheese and bacon mixed in before the second baking

pumpkin pie
date pudding
(both with home made whipped cream)

this was my mothers traditional meal
T-day dinner for 2 with a weekend's worth of leftovers.

macaroni casserole
Butter beans
Chicken and dumplins
Blackeyed peas
yeast rolls

And if anyone eats with us, we add broccoli/cauliflower casserole (I make a mean one but don't eat it, neither does hubby) and roasted white and sweet potatoes.

ETA......... add gravy to the first list!!!
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Brined Turkey with Onion/Apple/Lemon/herbs in the cavity
Stuffing <on side>
Mash Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegies
Salad w/ Dressing
Homemade Rolls
Cranberry Sauce/Relish
Homemade Pumpklin Pie with Whipped Cream
Ambrosia Salad

We love veggies at Thanksgiving to go with Mssr. Tom. We must have corn and carrots to go with the mash, and my hubby LOVES peas...so have to have them. Rolls are a must, and the gravy. Ambrosia is a tradition in my family...must have the cool whip/fruit combo and coconut lol

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