Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

Everyone in our family has a favorite side dish they request at special family meals,  
including Thanksgiving and Christmas.  
We bake a turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  
We also serve a baked Kentucky Country Ham at Christmas. 
In 2012 we added gluten free dishes to our menu.  This year
everything will be gluten free, with the exception of Sister Schubert rolls for Peyton. 
 A few of our favorite family recipes are below: 
For son-in-law Tim: 

Sweet Potato Casserole
3 C sweet potatoes, cooked or canned (I use a 29 oz. can, drained)
½ C. brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ t. salt
½ stick butter or margarine, melted
½ C. evaporated milk
1 ½ t. vanilla

½ C. brown sugar
1/3 C. flour (I substitute GF flour)
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1/3 stick butter or margarine melted

Mash sweet potatoes.  Add sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla.  Put mixture into an 8x8 casserole dish.  Mix topping ingredients and spread over sweet potato mixture.  Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. 

My family never made stuffing in the turkey, we always make Southern Cornbread Dressing baked in a casserole dish. Glenn's favorite side dish was my mom's dressing.   By the way, my mother was pleased that Glenn loved her dressing so much that she made him his own pan to bring home.  
While I'm on the subject of my mom's cooking, she always made dumplings to serve with turkey and dressing. The dumplings were everyone's favorite! Oh my! What memories! 
My gluten free cornbread dressing last year was very good.  I served it with gluten free turkey gravy. 
Corn starch has become a substitute for flour as the thickening agent in my gravy. 

Below Austin's Favorite: 

Southern Corn Pudding (my gluten free version) 
5 eggs 
1/3 C. butter, melted
1/4 C. white sugar
1/2 C. milk
4 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 (15.25 oz). can whole kernel corn
2 (14.75 oz.) cans cream-style corn (gluten free) 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease a 2 qt. casserole dish.
In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs.  Add melted butter, sugar and milk.
Whisk in cornstarch.  Stir in corn and creamed corn.  Blend well. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish. 
Bake for 1 hour.  

We can't have a big family meal, picnic or holiday, without Deviled Eggs
My mother-in-law called her's Dressed Eggs. 
Either dressed or deviled, most families have their own special recipe.  
My basic recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 
given to me as a wedding shower gift 45 years ago. (obviously it's not the newest version!) 
I top my deviled eggs with 1/2 a stuffed olive. 
Do you have anything special you add to your deviled eggs? 

Daughter, Melissa, was a Home Ec. teacher (Family and Consumer Science) 
for 11 years and supervised her classes making many turkey dinners, always to indlude
homemade cranberry sauce, but her requirement is canned Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce
with our turkey dinners because it's her favorite! Our neighbor sends/brings homemade cranberry sauce and I'm the only one in the family who will eat it! 

For Peyton: Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans 
Those of us in Appalachia cook our garden green beans nearly all day, usually seasoned with a small cured country ham hock or "salt pork." When Aunt Mary was living, her job was to bring the Appalachian favorite  Shuck Beans.  Some folks called them "shucky beans" or "leather-britches."  
They were dried green beans picked from the garden and laid out in the sun to dry. They were stored and cooked during the winter. 

I'm still working on perfecting gluten free desserts.  The pumpkin pie I made last year with a store-bought frozen GF crust was a total failure, except for the many laughs we had trying to get the rock-hard crust out of the pan. I won't mention the brand name of that crust.  
I made a recipe for "crustless pecan pie" and GF Banana Cupcakes last year.  Both were good. 

I took these photos at Melissa's in 2012.  
I never seem to take time to take photos of Thanksgiving meals in my own kitchen. 

Do you have favorite family or regional recipes your family members ask you to make? 


Marilyn Miller said...

Oh my, now I am hungry. I have cranberry bread in the oven right now. Plus I just made cranberry chutney. My daughter always request corn bread dressing with sausage and green apples in it. Then she will bring a kale salad this year, something new. I make pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Since my daughter doesn't eat any sugar our sweet potatoes are just baked. I will have store bought rolls for those that like a little bread. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth said...

Sounds good! Yes my family all have favorites, everyone wants my cornbread chicken dressing, 1 brother wants potato salad, both brothers want stewed squash cooked all day in iron skillet, daughters want squash casserole,Grandsons all want chocolate cake and corn on cob,hubby and sil want pumpkin pie, Granddaughter baked Mac & cheese, my favorite is scalloped oysters,nephew has to have mashed potatoes.

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

I am enjoying hearing your family favorites! My mom always made cranberry bread like Marilyn's and potato salad like Elizabeth is serving. Both the corn bread dressings sound yummy!

Bernideen said...

Your menu selections sound fabulous! I know everyone will love it all!

Joy said...

Everything looks delicious! I didn't cook the traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year because my children had that at their dad's house, but sweet potato casserole and cornbread dressing are favorites of ours, too. I did make some deserts that I knew my children love - banana pudding (a favorite of 2 of my children) and Rice Krispie treats for my granddaughter with food allergies. We also have a "day after Thanksgiving" tradition of semi-homemade pizza, which we all enjoyed for lunch on Friday.

Rosemary said...

My vote is for the Southern Corn Pudding! I love anything to do with corn, and this recipe looks delicious! Hope your Thanksgiving was joyful!

Angela McRae said...

Love the "dressed" eggs. May have to start using that! And you know, I make a great homemade cranberry sauce, but like you, I'm the only one in my family who likes it, as they prefer the canned!


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