What Thanksgiving dish is special to your family?

Historical documents suggest that the feast in 1621 which inspired traditional Thanksgiving meals in America included poultry, venison, fish and corn. Today’s Question: What Thanksgiving dish is special to your family?

  • Steve D

    oyster dressing

  • Steve the Cynic

    Roast politician with stuffed shirt.

  • Jill Blumenshein

    I make my pecan pie with brown rice syrup instead of sugar and corn syrup. It’s rich and sweet, and so far, everybody who’s eaten it says it’s the best they ever had.

  • Laurie

    Can’t have Thanksgiving without lefse! I’m very proud to be carrying on the tradition in my family. I hope my daughter will someday learn the craft. She’s my “flipper” now.

  • Philip

    White salad. Basically it’s pineapple and lemon juice, sugar, whipped cream, vanilla extract, and gelatin. You heat up the juice and sugar, then add the gelatin. After that,stir in the whipped cream with vanilla and put it it a mold. Chill it in the refrigerator and let it semi-set, then stir the mixture again and let it fully set. Turn the molded salad onto a plate and garnish with lingonberries. And no, it’s not low fat, which is why we only have it at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • steve

    i like mash pototoes and dressing! gobble, gobble, gobble!

  • Brooke

    Pecan pie! My mother’s side of the family is from Tennessee and they were farmers. They had a few pecan trees on their properties and my grandmother always made a delicious pecan pie at Thanksgiving. I’m carrying on that tradition, but with store bought nuts unfortunately. How I wish pecan trees grew in Minnesota!

  • Susan

    My Italian Grandmother’s meatball soup, akin to Italian wedding soup. Chicken broth from scratch with pieces of chicken that fell from the bones left in, onion, celery and slivers of carrot, parsley, acini di pepi pasta. The tiny meatballs added to the simmering stock make the soup special (mixture includes ground beef, grated store cheese, parsley, egg, breadcrumb, salt and pepper). Meatballs were an addition to recipes after emigrating to the USA in early 1900s. when beef was available to my grandparents. I love the connection to the my past and the soup is pure comfort food!

  • Sue de Nim

    Always present at our Thanksgiving gatherings:

    –Stewed couch potato in beer sauce

    –Steamed fan of losing football team

  • J

    Turkey, stuffing and gravy sandwiches around 7 or 8pm of course!

  • Mikaela

    Black olives are ALWAYS present.

  • stu klipper

    As far as family goes, for several decades an evolving and expanding circle of friends have served in lieu of thems with blood-ties.

    Over the course of those decades I was the guy who invariably brought a crock of Indian Pudding, as primordial and New England-y traditional a dish as anyone could hope for.

    This year I am abandoning that hope. Thanks to Mark Kurlansky’s book A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE, I’ve learned that the first true celebrations of festival of a thanksgiving on these shores predates the one in the Plymouth Colony by 56 years.

    It was held in northeastern Florida by Spanish settlers with their indigenous tribal neighbors. Rather than turkey the fare was a rough stew of garbanzos, salt pork, and garlic. And, that’s what I’m bringing to the table this year. Luckily my hosts are historians.

  • DNA

    I thought it was Turkey (it’s special to me). Until some goof-ball cooked a ham :( on two separate Thanksgivings ):

    Tomorrow will be a surprise. Hopefully one that I *gobble* in moderation and delight and gratitude.

    Happiness and glad gratitude for blessings counted and beyond count on this Thanksgiving and every day with every breath give thanks :)

  • Kevin VC

    A big bowl of nuts is always a nice munchy before the meal. And some how Hot Cider with cinnamon is pleasing to the sense of smell.

    But Turkey is a must, and it does not have to be large, just enough.

    But for me the day is most marked with family and friends more then the food. We could be having McDonalds and still enjoy the day if we are together.

  • Carrie

    We always have to have rutabagas with lots of butter. Some in-laws have dubbed them “rude” begas but we don’t care. Have to eat them on Thanksgiving. It’s tradition!

  • Neil

    It’s all about the gravy. I put it on all the major items, I don’t even mind it some splashes against the corn. A good coating of gravy fixes up anything that turned out bland or wrong.