Least and Most Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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As a kid it was my gramma's candied carrots. Now it's my wife's baked mushrooms and my candied carrots. Never understood why yams needed to be candied, delicious and sweet all on their own. Had green bean casserole a couple times, I could take it or leave it. Definitely prefer homemade cranberry sauce over canned.
 
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Least favorite : Turkey. I don't like it fried, baked, broiled, smoked, stewed, pickled, or any other way you can contrive to cook it. I will eat the skin off of it though. Something about the meat I just do not like.

Favorite: Dressing with turkey gravy made from a 'stock turkey'. When the family was bigger I cooked a turkey just to turn it into stock for the dressing and gravy. Why? Because a turkey costs like 4$ and the critters needed to eat the remains for their holiday.

yeah - go figure.......
 
Great topic!
Least favorites:
Candied yams, sweet potatoes, whatever. Can't stand any of them.
Pumpkin pie. I don't know why I don't like this one. Intellectually, I have no objection to the ingredients, flavor, or consistency. But my gag reflex just instantly rejects it for some reason.
Creamed spinach. Only worse way to serve spinach is the way my mom did. Heat a brick of frozen spinach in a pan until loose and slimy, and then pour white vinegar over it.

Favorites:
Almost everything else. Turkey prepared any way, stuffing, mashed potatoes. Green bean casserole is my autistic son's signature (and only) dish, and it's fine.
But you're right. It's all about the gravy. I use Alton Brown's method, and roast turkey wings and legs the day before to make a stock. Then reduce, reduce, and reduce it to about a quart, and add to the turkey drippings the next day. Gives the gravy a super concentrated turkey flavor, that is to die for.
Finally, my grandmother's mince meat pie recipe. She'd always make this specially for me. But it's a PITA to make (calls for elk neck meat), so I don't do it often, unless I have a lot of spare time. I've tried making it for other family and in-laws, but they get freaked out that it's a sweet dessert, and contains meat.
 
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Least favorite(s): ANYTHING WITH MUSHROOMS, yams, and sweet potatoes.

Favorites: Spinach, creamed peal onions and raw turnip.

Dessert: Apple pie with Friendly's vanilla ice cream.

Chris
 
Gotta have a big piece of pecan pie for desert

I'm debating making pecan pie bars this TG. I've got everything I need, and all this reference to pecan pie has me headed in that direction.

As a kid it was my gramma's candied carrots. Now it's my wife's baked mushrooms and my candied carrots. Never understood why yams needed to be candied, delicious and sweet all on their own.
Great summary of yummies.

Favorite - corn bread pudding
Least - brussel sprouts
Love, love, love cornbread pudding. The only way I've learned to eat Brussel sprouts is roasting them coated with EVOO and spices 'til almost crispy, then sprinkle with aged balsamic. They won't grace my table, though. They make my wife gag.

Least favorite : Turkey. I don't like it fried, baked, broiled, smoked, stewed, pickled, or any other way you can contrive to cook it. I will eat the skin off of it though. Something about the meat I just do not like.
You and my old man must've been brothers. He HATED turkey, and yet, my mom made it every TG and Christmas. They still stayed married 'til death they did part.

Green bean casserole is my autistic son's signature (and only) dish, and it's fine.
That's one green bean casserole I'd eat with a smile!

deviled eggs.
Wow. One of my absolute favorite sides I haven't made in ages. Time to add more eggs to my shopping list.


Favorites: Spinach, creamed peal onions and raw turnip.

Dessert: Apple pie with Friendly's vanilla ice cream.
Chris, you are an interesting man. Great save with the pie and ice cream.
 
Chris, you are an interesting man. Great save with the pie and ice cream.
I've been told that my whole life. If possible I only put the item that I'm eating on my plate. Finish that then take the next item I want. My mom used to save me a cup of Julienned raw veggies for supper. I've always preferred veggies like carrots turnips, and celery raw. You should see how I eat pizza.

Chris
 
I've been told that my whole life. If possible I only put the item that I'm eating on my plate. Finish that then take the next item I want. My mom used to save me a cup of Julienned raw veggies for supper. I've always preferred veggies like carrots turnips, and celery raw. You should see how I eat pizza.

Chris
Hence why you are a former New Yorker!
 
Good Thread , but not this early in the morning.... now I want a turkey and stuffing Sandwich

Favorite = our stuffing , than turkey mashed and gravy ( than the sandwich with stuffing and turkey and lots of Mayo and pepper )

Don't really have any dislikes as we only cook what we like , but if I had to say , don't like cranberry jelly ( love them dried ) and Mona and her sisters like cold canned peas...and that is just wrong

David
 
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My wife is famous for her candied yams dish she makes every year and people devour it. I wouldnt touch it with a ten foot pole. What's wrong with people... lol
A side dish of sliced smoked home made kielbasa dipped into your mashed potatoes and gravy............ heaven :emoji_heart:
 
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There's another way than crust, sauce, cheese, veggies and meat? Oh lordie, lordie, lordie.
He already told me how he eats pizza , but I'll give him a chance to tell you about it .

I really don't have anything I don't like , unless it's something my Sister made . Then it's just about all of it , and that's where I go every year .

Last year the kids went to their Mom's side of the family . I stayed home and had Kielbasa and kraut . Warsteiner Dunkel for dessert .
 
Good Thread , but not this early in the morning.... now I want a turkey and stuffing Sandwich
Mona and her sisters like cold canned peas...and that is just wrong
Perfect example of the best and worst of a TG experience.

My wife is famous for her candied yams dish she makes every year and people devour it. I wouldnt touch it with a ten foot pole. What's wrong with people... lol
A side dish of sliced smoked home made kielbasa dipped into your mashed potatoes and gravy............ heaven :emoji_heart:
Yeah on both counts!

Last year the kids went to their Mom's side of the family . I stayed home and had Kielbasa and kraut . Warsteiner Dunkel for dessert .
That's a perfect example of one of the best pieces of advice I ever received..."You do you." I do the same whenever I get the chance, even if it is non-traditional.
 
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Least might be sweet potato as wife is light handed on the spice but I still like it, and best would be stuffing. Find it odd not many fans of the green bean casserole. Love ours. We use fresh or worst case frozen green beans. That being said, I think I like TG breakfast more than the dinner. Wife does a "monkey bread" and I always heat up some weissurst I made.

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Find it odd not many fans of the green bean casserole. Love ours. We use fresh or worst case frozen green beans. That being said, I think I like TG breakfast more than the dinner. Wife does a "monkey bread" and I always heat up some weissurst I made.
As a green bean casserole hater, I now feel challenged to create a scratch recipe I would enjoy. It might have crispy bacon, cream gravy, saut矇d mushrooms with onions, and a garlic crouton topping...oh, and frozen julienned green beans saute'd in bacon fat.

And that breakfast, O...M...G! (Tears of happiness).
 
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