This year, I will be spending Thanksgiving away from home for the first time ever. I'm going to North Carolina to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend and his family. And though I'm sad I will not be with my family for the most delicious day of the year, I'm thankful for the chance to spend the holiday with Victor and his family!
Everyone has their own holiday food traditions. Stuffing or Dressing? Macaroni & Cheese or Mashed Potatoes? Yams or Sweet Potato Casserole? Green Bean Casserole or Collards? Personally, my answer to all of these questions is "yes"! I want all the food! Victor likes good food, so I feel sure I'm in good hands for the big meal, but I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes that make me nostalgic for home on the first year I will not be there for the big feast.
1. Grandmama's Dressing
In our family, we make dressing that it is served in a casserole dish, NOT stuffed in a turkey. Whether you're a diehard stuffing fan or not, Grandmama's dressing is so delicious I'm convinced it could turn even the most devoted of stuffing fans into dressing believers.
Like any good cook, Grandmama's recipes are "recipes", meaning approximate measurements and mixtures that are stirred until they look "kind of soupy" or "are soft enough". So, if you'd like to try this recipe, which is absolutely delicious, here it is, straight from my Grandmama to you!
- Make a homemade cornbread the day before and crumble it up.
- Add to that a 1/2 bag of Pepperidge farm herb seasoned stuffing mix (1/2 bag of it).
- Mix in 2 eggs.
- Microwave 1-1/2 onions [chopped] and about 3 ribs celery [chopped] for a little while, until soft.
- Stir everything together with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.
- Add chicken broth until it is a little soupy.
- Pour in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until it is good and done.
No gravy needed!
2. Good Cranberry Sauce
I love really good cranberry sauce, the kind that is spoonable and sweet but also very tangy with nice plump cranberries. Sure, there are the purists who enjoy a cylindrical jello-like cranberry sauce slipped from a can moments before eating, but I think the homemade version is much better! Here's a great recipe sure to please from the Food Network.
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Orange and cranberry flavors go together so well and really bring out the best in each other, so be sure not to skip the orange peel. I love a little taste of good quality cranberry sauce on a perfectly cooked turkey slice. Deeeeelish!
3. Pecan Pie
Arguably the best part of the Thanksgiving meal, DESSERT! Many people stick to pumpkin pie, but to me, there's nothing better than a good southern pecan pie, particularly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Pecan pie reminds me of home and growing up in the country. We had two giant pecan trees in our front yard that were always heavy with delicious pecans. My sister and I used to stomp on them to crack them and eat them right there in the front yard! Eating them in a pie seems slightly more glamourous...
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