Must Have Thanksgiving Food

22 Nov

I’m hungry all the time lately, so it’s natural that I’m really looking forward to pigging out on Thanksgiving this year. Here are the things I must have on my plate each year:

Brined turkey. Do it. Start like now.

Mashed potatoes made with real potatoes, lots of butter, and heavy cream. Throw in some fresh roasted garlic for good measure. Use this recipe from Martha or this one from my stepdad.

Cranberry sauce made with real cranberries. I like the canned version to spread on sandwiches for leftovers (dude: use hawaiin rolls, mayo, canned cranberry sauce, turkey, lettuce, and stuffing – omg yum – thank you Ann for introducing me to that), but the real stuff is delicious for the actual meal.

Something green. I have this weird thing where I have to have something green on my plate or I feel like I’m not getting a balanced meal. For Thanksgiving, I like green beans or brussels sprouts. I’m making this recipe for a friend’s potluck Wednesday night.

Stuffing without any fruit in it. Fruit in savory dishes is not ok with me.

This is the only thing that I think is better not homemade. I have to have my flaky layers biscuits. I offered to bring them this year because I want to make sure we have the right ones (one year my mom got crescents and I was super disappointed).

Pumpkin pie. This has to be my favorite dessert EVER. I’m making it for the first time this year and I really hope I don’t have to run to the store for a replacement only to find that they’re sold out. Here’s the recipe I’m using (with premade dough).

I like gravy and yams, but those are not on my must have list. Actually, gravy is pretty necessary, but I have no clue how to make it, so I leave it to the pros.

What’s on your must have Thanksgiving dinner list?

4 Responses to “Must Have Thanksgiving Food”

  1. Angela November 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Turkey. Mashed potatoes (I didn't realize until I was about 20 years old that you can buy boxed potato flakes since my family ALWAYS makes mashed potatoes with real potatoes whether it's T'giving or April 4th.) Corn. Green beans. Chocolate Eclair Cake (I don't like pie!). Caramel corn (My Dad's cousin makes it homemade!) and GAMES! We play lots of games after we eat! :-)Happy Thanksgiving!xo,AP.S. I saw a post in my blog roll that I think you meant to post later! (The one with the poll.) I can't wait to vote! 😉

  2. Amy November 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    @Angela games are so fun! apples to apples is a family favorite :)I screwed up that poll post, but it'll go up for good tomorrow! Sorry about the confusion.

  3. Angela November 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Oh no! It's ok. I voted by the way! ;-)We like Apples to Apples, but Scattergories, "The Dice Game," Boggle, Aggravation, Catchphrase, and Nerts are family favorites for us!

  4. Cameron November 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    its such a shame that this day and age we have to specify REAL potatoes and ACTUAL cranberries and REAL butter. processed/fake food is ruining the world.

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