Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday in the chute-Thanksgiving!
I am all about food (maybe you’ve noticed!) so I love Thanksgiving as a holiday. It is nice to have a holiday that is lower stress than the gift giving holidays like Christmas, and since it is all about spending time with your family and having gratitude for what you have it just seems calmer all the way around.
Every family seems to have it’s own traditions for thanksgiving food. Yes-the mainstays are the same country wide-a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes. . . but every family seems to have their special side dishes that are only brought to the table for Thanksgiving.
In my family it wouldn’t have been thanksgiving growing up if there weren’t creamed onions on the table. It was the only time of year my mom ever made this dish, which made it all the more special. We also were big fans of Grandma’s Sausage Stuffing, the standard green bean casserole, winter squash (cooked with maple syrup & butter) and you just better have a dish of green and black olives on the table. Oh-and my mom always made a mincemeat pie alongside the pumpkin-which is weird because I don’t actually remember anyone particularly liking it.
My husband’s family has their own traditions. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be thanksgiving at his house without shrimp cocktail served about a half hour before the meal in pretty little crystal cups with a bed of lettuce, and scalloped oysters alongside all the typical family favorites.
So what are your family’s favorite thanksgiving side dishes?
If you have a special thanksgiving recipe, I’d love to hear it! You can go on over to my recipe submission form and tell me all about it!