My favorite Thanksgiving foods are the sides; so much so that I would not be disappointed if my meal didn't include turkey at all. In my family, Thanksgiving always included the regular crowd of turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, etc. At some point we added a version of the sweet potato casserole from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and after some grumbling about what I considered "soggy" stuffing, we switched to a recipe that didn't require being baked in turkey.
This year I'm in Colorado for the holiday. My husband and I rotate holidays with our families every year. 2015 is Thanksgiving in CO and Christmas in CA, and next year, we'll switch. One of the things that most surprised me about my husband's family's tradition is that sometimes they don't even make Thanksgiving food on the day! I'm not sure when it started, but at some point after the kids became adults and weren't home as often, they all decided that they'd rather have their favorite dinners than observe traditional Thanksgiving food. One year we had tacos, this year, who knows?
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes and a few that I've been wanting to try.
- Spatchcocked Turkey with Anise and Orange. I've heard spatchcocking is all the rage for easy turkey
- Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing from Epicurious
- The Fluffiest Mashed Potatoes. My husband loves simple mashed potatoes, with lots of butter. This dish very fluffy and creamy. Perfect for pouring gravy over.
- Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad from Cookie and Kate
- Spiced Pear and Ginger Cocktail from The Kitchn
- Sweet Potato Casserole from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
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