I have a friend who’s family makes a huge pork dinner for Thanksgiving, along with empanada’s, and some of the best flan I have ever had.
Another long time friend of mine does his traditionally untraditional dinner which consists of anything from whole lobsters with pasta side dishes to thick steaks and steamed veggies.
My table, or rather the table shared by my family this year, carried a variety of delicious eats.
Naturally, there was the turkey. Surprisingly a 15 pounder fed 17 people. Or maybe not so surprising since there was also a small ham also served. The next plate passed around the table was the green bean casserole, topped with crunchy fried onions. Following that was homemade macaroni and cheese, cranberry relish, stuffing with wild mushrooms and black olives, and my personal creation sweet potatoes. (fresh sweet potatoes sliced and layered with chopped walnuts, pecans and dark brown sugar. simple yet delicious!) Still rounding the table is mashed potatoes, rolls, pumpkin bread, and finally the gravy boat. If there was anything more after that I couldn’t tell you. I think after eating all of that I was in a way-too-stuffed-to-lift-my-fork coma.
Oh, but wait! We’re not done yet. Once dinner was over and the table and plates cleaned off we, adults anyway, sit back down with a couple bottles of wine and gab. Ok, the ladies gabbed and the gents comfortably digested while watching football through their eyelids.
Dessert finally gets served, and we have apple pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate covered cake with a nutella cream cheese filling, and ice cream.
Gee, think we had enough to eat? Definitely enough for everyone to go home with about two days worth of leftovers. Combined with laughter and stories shared, it was a successful and memorable holiday. And, for us since we’re moving, the last Thanksgiving that we’ll be sharing with my husbands side of the family. All of these dishes which we consider classic traditional dishes may very well be different dishes on our table next year depending on who is joining us, or where we’ve been invited to.
What are classics or traditional dishes in your house?
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