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Thanksgiving Dinner For A Large Family

Updated on February 25, 2017

Thanksgiving Meals

Fried Turkey with Grapes and cinnamon Glaze is a unique and tasty dish to serve on Thanksgiving day.
Fried Turkey with Grapes and cinnamon Glaze is a unique and tasty dish to serve on Thanksgiving day. | Source
Sweet Potato Yams and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. You can make sweet potato pie also.
Sweet Potato Yams and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. You can make sweet potato pie also. | Source
Macaroni and cheese is a great Thanksgiving side dish. Using cheese and even ground chuck will help make your Mac a real meal indeed.
Macaroni and cheese is a great Thanksgiving side dish. Using cheese and even ground chuck will help make your Mac a real meal indeed. | Source
Cornbread dressing is a cornbread lovers dream. It is made with onions for extra flavor.
Cornbread dressing is a cornbread lovers dream. It is made with onions for extra flavor. | Source
Cranberry sauce has always been a Thanksgiving tradition and fixture at the dinner  table. No matter how you make cranberry sauce it still has a very delicious flavor.
Cranberry sauce has always been a Thanksgiving tradition and fixture at the dinner table. No matter how you make cranberry sauce it still has a very delicious flavor. | Source

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Common food at Thanksgiving

m It is always important to be with your family on Thanksgiving. This might be the only time of the year that you are able to see all of your family. We as a society are so busy these days that, this is a time that is set aside to eat and visit.

These are some of the things that we typically would eat for the holidats..

1. Turkey w/giblet gravy: I would say that this is probably the number one served meat on Thanksgiving. Turkeys can be baked or fried in a turkey fryer. The most healthy way of course, is to bake the turkey. Some people may put stuffing in the turkey as well. Giblet gravy is sometimes served with the turkey.

2. Ham: A main meat served at the holidays, this is great with orange glaze and cloves, honey, or with brown sugar. Depending on your taste buds and what your family likes, there's a ham for you.

3. Chicken: Chicken can be fixed so many different ways. If you don't like the traditional turkey or ham, chicken can be a great alternative.

4. Green Bean Casserole or Green Beans: Whether you make the green bean casserole or just bring a big dish of green beans these are always a favorite.

5. Macaroni and Cheese: Whether homemade or store bought or fixed from a box. Macaroni and cheese is a kid and adult favorite. Homemade macaroni and cheese is a family favorite. This is a side dish that can always be found at any family gathering. Some people put tomatoes in their macaroni and cheese

6. Congealed Salads or Slaw: A great side dish for this large meal. There are so many recipes for congealed salads and slaws as well. There are congealed salads with nuts and without, slaw made with mayonnaise or vinegar. A favorite of mine is a slaw that combines cabbage, oil, ramen noodles and couple of other ingredients.

7. Cornbread Dressing: Made from homemade cornbread there are several different ingredients that can be added or left out of this dressing. The most common ingredient in the dressing is celery. Some people may not like it in the dressing so, you could just simply leave it out.

8. Cranberry Sauce: A great addition to the turkey and dressing. This tart tasting sauce is usually put on a pretty serving dish and is served and eaten with the turkey and dressing.

9. Corn: Whether home grown (preferably) or out of a can, corn is a great side dish to have with your Thanksgiving meal. Even the Indians and Pilgrims had corn at the very first Thanksgiving feast. If you don't want to serve the traditional corn, look online for recipes to try.

10. Squash or Squash Casserole: This can be fried or baked. Squash casserole is usually made with onions and squash and a great addition to this large family meal.

11. Deviled Eggs: The eggs are very easy to make. Eggs are boiled and the middles removed. The middle of the eggs are mashed up and sprinkled with paprika. Eggs are usually gobbled up and a favorite at a get together.

12. Turnip Greens: Hot sauce is usually served with these greens. Greens are washed in the sink and chopped up and boiled. These are fat free and good for you.

13. Homemade Rolls: Always a favorite at our get togethers. Whether homemade or bought from the store, you always want to have plenty of bread and butter with your Thanksgiving meal.

14. Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole: This dish can served as individual baked sweet potatoes or as the casserole. Very tasty if served with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon if individual potatoes. The casserole is usually served with marshmallows that are melted while the potato casserole is baked in the oven or, at least that is the southern version.

15. Mashed potatoes: These are a family favorite. If the kids don't like sweet potatoes then mashed potatoes are a great alternative and the grown-ups like them as well. I love garlic mashed potatoes and these are no more trouble than to make mashed potatoes. These just put an extra twist on a great family favorite.

Desserts

Here are some suggestions for desserts at Thanksgiving. Some desserts may be made as a family tradition or made as a family favorite of a family member who is no longer living. I love to think about family traditions and how those traditions have changed over the years. This time of year is a favorite of mine because of being able to get together with the family.

Below are some examples of desserts that I like to make during the holidays.

1. Chocolate Pie

2. Sweet Potato Pie

3. Peanut Butter Cookies

4. Pumpkin Pie

5. Red Velvet Cake

6. Coconut Cake

7. Chocolate Chip Cookies

8. Peanut Butter Fudge

9. Pecan Pie

10. Chess Pie

I love desserts and if you have any ideas you would like to share with me feel free to do so by leaving comments in the box at the bottom of this article.


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    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wonderful hub.. now I am hungry again for Thanksgiving dinner..

      lol' I pray you are having a great 2013 so far...

      blessings

      Debbie

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