I mentioned that we’re having our first Thanksgiving by ourselves this year, right? Well, I’ve been thinking about what we’re going to have. Of course we’ll be having the staples: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, and PUMPKIN PIE. But WHAT ELSE? I’d like to do some kind of sweet potato dish, but I find many of them too sweet. We’ll probably skip the cranberry sauce since none of us eat it. Maybe green bean casserole? Maybe some kind of corn casserole? It’s already so much food with the traditional stuff, but it’s Thanksgiving! The whole point is to make a giant meal entirely of carbs and eat it every day for a week, right? Right. (I mean, plus…something about being thankful. You know.)

What are YOU having? And what are you having for the rest of the day? I can’t decide if we should do big breakfast and then Thanksgiving as a late lunch, or do appetizer lunch and then have an early dinner, or what.

7 thoughts on “Thanksgiving

  1. We just have frozen corn since it’s easy and everyone likes it. I hate green bean casserole and only one person loves it, so I cheat and cook green beans with bacon and onion ahead of time so it just has to be heated. Once we had a noodle dish but it was carb overload. I have roasted plain sweet potatoes with butter ahead just to have the color, but no one else cares about them. SIL likes a pan-roasted cauliflower dish I make with butter, onion, and Parmesan so I make it for her. We are cranberry jelly freaks, though. Finally we do big breakfast, snacky lunch, and early-ish dinner. Pumpkin and pecan pies, ice cream for kids who don’t like pie.

  2. I’m in charge of sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce (H will eat it at every meal until it’s gone) and a vegetable. Last year I made a green beans bar – I brought (we go to my MIL house or her sister’s house) a bunch of toppings – onion strings, almonds, bacon, etc, and made green beans that everyone could top. We had one vegetarian.

  3. My sweet potatoes don’t end up too sweet – cook them, and some carrots, then mash it all together with some butter and margarine and a bit of salt and pepper. It’s tasty and savoury.

  4. We haven’t sat down to do our menu lately, but we’ll have most of what you listed, except lemon meringue pie instead of pumpkin and potato gratin instead of mashed (neither of us loves mashed potatoes). I will throw in Yorkshire pudding, which is a British Christmas tradition but I love it enough to add it to any holiday, and probably some spinach and green beans. We’ll probably have a late-ish normal breakfast and then Thanksgiving dinner at like 3 or 4.

  5. Fun! So – we have Thanksgiving with relatives, so we do a breakfast to have at home while we watch the parade. Overnight French toast casserole, omelets, bacon, eggs. Mimosas for the grown-ups, of course. 🙂

    The day after we do a mini-meal because we don’t usually get leftovers and that’s the best part. My husband cooks while the kids and I decorate the tree, and it’s so nice to sit down and have that meal by tree lights. That always includes turkey (a small breast), stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole (Pioneer Woman’s is amazing!), and rolls. OH! And apple pie. And pumpkin pie. All hail pie!

    (This post reads like a warning for gluttony. Forgive me.)

  6. We’ll be in CO so I actually won’t be eating my staples, but my favorite dishes are cranberry sauce (I make it savory/spicy and it’s WAY better than the usual stuff), what I call fat potatoes (which is scalloped potatoes or whatever it’s called when there’s lots of cheese), and Brussels sprouts (quartered and sautéed on the stove in bacon fat, plus bacon obviously). Also cornbread muffins.

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