What Thanksgiving dish is special to your family?

Not everyone sticks with the traditional Thanksgiving menu. Families have their own traditions, often influenced by ethnic background or personal history. What Thanksgiving dish is special to your family?

  • CLee

    We always had the “normal” menu – Turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pickled herring. It was all special because our everyday menu only had meat a few times a week and was anything but “normal.” My parents had us on an organic, whole grain, low carb, no sugar, mostly vegetable diet back in the 60’s. I guess they were just way ahead of their times. At Christmas, we had Swedish Meatballs and more pickled herring. YUM!

  • Bob

    Cranberries above all else.

  • Sven

    Lutefisk: the piece of cod that passeth all understanding.

  • Sue de Nim

    Often featured at our Thanksgiving gatherings:

    –Stewed couch potato in beer sauce

    –Steamed fan of losing football team

    –Uncle Fred’s political rant flambé

    –Roast preacher in absentia

    –Chilled relationships for dessert

  • CJ

    It used to be my mom’s corn pudding recipe. But over the years, I’ve drifted away from most of the “trad” fare for Thanksgiving. A few weeks ago, I looked over at my spouse and asked, “do you really like turkey?” He said, “Actually, not that much, no.”

    “Neither do I,” I confessed. In that discussion, we decided to agree on a meal we would both really like to have that day, so maybe one of these will become the new fav:

    Wild salmon with home made spicy peach salsa glaze

    Home grown brussels sprouts with Shepherd’s Way blue cheese

    Roasted sweet potatoes from local farmer

    White Earth wild rice

    Apple crisp from, you guessed it, nearby orchard

    This will be a meal to truly be thankful for. Blessings on all the farmers, fishermen, artisian cheese makers, native rice harvesters, orchardists and beloved friends & family of MN and beyond. We’ll toast you with our favorite MN wine!

  • georges

    Wild turkey.

    Shot and killed in the woods by me, then cleaned and prepared by….ah……me.

    For those who have never been lucky enough to eat wild turkey, I will just say that the difference between the wild and domestic versions are the same as chocolate from a top Belgian chocolatier and a Herhsey’s bar.

    The domestic turkey and the Hershey’s bar are fine, in their own right, but when you eat the wild bird, or the Belgian chocolate, your brain screams WOW WOW WOW, that’s the way it ought to be.

    Hard to believe they are the same species.

  • GregX

    the empty plate for someone who was missing. I thought it was weird when I was young. Now … there are people missing who shouldn’t be.


  • Steve the Cynic

    The dishes are irrelevant. What’s important is the company.

  • David

    Pumpkin Pot Pie.

    Just kidding, but it’s a good idea, I’d just be concerned about the people who would have to drive afterwards.

    My sisters and nieces are great cooks, our mother was wonderful. I’ve made some of the best quiche’s I’ve ever tasted. Every year things are different yet tasty and the company lovely and loving.

    There was one year however when a brother-in-law made a ham, WTF?! ( I lean vegetarian most of the year and turkey, like eggs and other egg makers, is a compromise for me). At least the ganja we smoke in the garage every year was a consolation (that tends to bring us together in a way that nothing else seems to:).

  • Jim G

    My family’s recipe for stuffing includes raisins. I didn’t realize that most recipes don’t include raisins until I was in my twenties and went to a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by my wife’s family.

    I agree with Steve the Cynic, and GregX. Each Thanksgiving meal is different because of the people in attendance and the unavoidable loss of loved ones to the relentless master of time. For me, there is the bittersweet taste of memories of relatives and friends who have graced our table in the past but who are no longer in attendance.

  • David

    Btw, great posts from Jim G on down (even georges). They made me laugh, salivate and shed some tears in remembrance.

    I toke to you all,

    thank you 🙂

    (now I’m a bit curious what linda in plymouth might post:\

    Blessings of peace, love and gratitude.

  • Carrie

    I know many people don’t like them but my family ALWAYS has to have rutabagas. With LOTS of butter!! Yum!

  • Ann

    When my family used to have gatherings, I liked dressing with giblets. Then we stopped having it because one person in the family and a vistior didn’t like it.

  • Linus

    My Thanksgiving food treat is now ruined because union hacks under Soros’s plan is disrupting access to WalMart and I missed my flight from LAX because of union moochers protesting. The unions sure know how to further alienate Americans from their support. We have 23 million unemployed and thousands apply at Wal mart every week, dying to get a job but the unions are telling their members to disrupt American’s lives by force, thug like Chicago tactics instead of civil discourse. Thank you Unions for shooting yourself in the foot. BTW_ I think I saw Obama with his marching shoes on, right beside the protesters just as he promised he would do if elected in 2008. And you all wonder why our economy is still dragging?

  • jockamo

    Dressing with giblets…..

    And rutabagas with butter…..

    Now, that’s good eatin’………yummmmmmmm

  • Catherine

    Minnesota grown REAL wild rice cooked to perfection with diced “3 sisters of vegetables” (celery,onions,mushrooms) in a light chicken broth. Not the paddy grown, but the genuine Mahnomen. We served it as a side dish. I got to make it because I really like it & no one else in my family knew how to cook it. California cousins thought it was a real treat & just stuffed themselves with it !