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What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy

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Greetings Insiders,

 

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, and after the resounding interest in the grilling threads (what are you grilling this summer and what are you grilling this fall)…


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We want to hear about your favorite recipes for Thanksgiving or seasonal side dishes


Reply here with the recipe, preparation instructions, and a photo if you have it.


Maybe you have a twist on traditional favorites like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauces, or veggies… or maybe you have your favorites that break from traditional.

 

 

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    madmax Gold 6 Reviews
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    Waldorf Salad

     

    1 or 2 delicious apples diced

    1/2 C. chopped celery

    1/2 C. chopped pecans

    1/2 C. seedless red grapes

    miracle whip to moisten (usually a couple of tablespoons)

    splash of apple cider vinegar

    1/2 Tsp. sugar or to taste

     

    Mix all ingredients together and enjoy this delicious side dish. I particularly like this recipe because you can use all ingredients you already have been using for other Thanksgiving dishes such as celery (dressing/stuffing), pecans (pecan pie). This has been a traditional dish for my family since I was a little girl many moons ago.

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    curiousone Platinum
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    I won't know until T-day, but I do know there will be an abundance of side dishes. We will be doing the T-day buffet at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. (This is turning into a tradition for my wife and I.) The only down side, no leftovers. A great way to use up some of my remaining Marriott Cheques that will expire in December. (I definitely am going to miss the Cheques starting next year.) Happy holidays to the Marriott Insiders!

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    razorbackfan Alumni Steward Platinum 22 Reviews
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    Cherry Coke Salad is one of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.  It is simple to make and doesn't take very long to put together.  I try to make it occasionally and not just save it for the holidays.  I also enjoy it for breakfast.

     

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    Ingredients:

    1 0.30oz box black cherry jello (I use sugar-free, but you can use regular)

    1 15 oz, can pitted dark sweet cherries (will be drained, but save juice)

    1 small can crushed pineapple (will be drained, but save juice)

    1 cup coca cola (or coke zero, diet coke, etc.)

    1-2 cups chopped pecans (enough to cover the top of the jello mixture)

     

    In an 8X8 square glass pan, make jello according to package directions substituting 1 cup of boiling cherry juice/pineapple juice for 1 cup boiling water and 1 cup coca cola product for 1 cup cold water. (When I boil the fruit juice in the microwave, I put a plate under the measuring cup in case it boils over.)  Mix in cherries, pineapple, and pecans.  Refrigerate until firm (may take 4 hours or more).

     

    ***Recipe can be doubled, but if you want to make more than double, I recommend making separate batches.

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    • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
      madmax Gold 6 Reviews
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      This sounds really good razorbackfan. I am going to make this next week and if it turns out good for me I will make for Christmas. I've already got Thanksgiving covered as it is my turn to make turkey and dressing. We actually just within the last 7 or 8 years putting grapes in the salad. Can't even tell you how it got started but everyone liked it so well it became the new tradition.

      Thanks for the great salad recipe. Can't wait to try.

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    iahflyr Platinum 23 Reviews
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    We will have sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, stuffing and since this will be my Daughter-In-Laws first Thanksgiving with us since the kids got married she will make a few side dishes from her native South America country of Bolivia. 

     

    Of course I'll fire up the grill for some early morning breakfast pizza then around noon some appetizers of stuffed jalapeno's, maybe some grilled boudain and who knows what else we'll find.  It will be fun to have family around this year.

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    • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
      madmax Gold 6 Reviews
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      OH YEAH, grilled jalepenos stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon...you know that's one of my favorites!

      Sounds like you will enjoy the holidays with your new family members. There will be 38 of us at the house and I will enjoy every moment of it for about the first 30 minutes...

      just kidding. I love it, the bigger crowd pretty much entertains itself. I wouldn't have it any other way

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    kathylu Silver 1 Reviews
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    Garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, sweet potato casserole (I know it's two starches, but who can help not having both when you have turkey!!!), Cranberry sauce and steamed carrots!

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    coz1952 Member 1 Reviews
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    Ribbon Sald.jpgCHRISTMAS RIBBON SALAD

    1 (3 ounce) package lime Jell-O gelatin
    1 (3 ounce) package raspberry Jell-O gelatin
    1 (3 ounce) package lemon Jell-O gelatin
    3 cups boiling water
    1 cup mini marshmallows (or diced large marshmallows)
    1 1/2 cups cold water
    2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 cup whipped cream
    1 (20 1/2 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

    Directions:

    1
    Dissolve gelatin flavors separately, using 1 C boiling water for each.
    2
    Stir marshmallows into lemon gelatin; set aside.
    3
    Add 3/4C cold water to lime gelatin; pour into a 13x9x2 pan.
    4
    Chill until set, but not firm.
    5
    Add 3/4C cold water to raspberry gelatin; set aside at room temperature.
    6
    Add cream cheese to lemon/marshmallow mixture; beat until blended.
    7
    Chill until slightly thickened.
    8
    Then blend in mayonnaise, whipped cream& crushed pineapple.
    9
    Chill until very thick; spoon gently over lime gelatin.
    10
    Chill until set, but not firm.
    11
    Meanwhile, chill raspberry gelatin until thickened; pour over lemon gelatin.
    12
    Chill until firm.
    13
    To serve, cut into squares.
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    *Note:if deeper green& red layers are desired, use 6oz packages of lime& raspberry gelatins, 2C boiling water and 1-1/2C cold water for each large package.

    It takes a little time and patience, but it's so worthit and it's beautiful on the table.

    Make it the day before

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    barrpat Platinum 6 Reviews
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    Mashed Sweet Potatoes, just in their own natural taste, nothing added!

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    trippin' Alumni Steward Member 3 Reviews
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    Strawberry Pretzel Salad

    A huge hit at our family gathering!

     

    Ingredients

      2 cups crushed pretzels
      3/4 cup melted butter
      3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
      1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
      1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
      2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
      2 cups boiling water
      2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
      1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
      Whipped topping or whipped cream, to garnish

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.

    In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping, and spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.

    In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and allow to cool slightly. Add the strawberries and pineapple, and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.   Cut into squares.

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    razorbackfan Alumni Steward Platinum 22 Reviews
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    This is a picture of the CHERRY COKE SALAD recipe that I submitted earlier.

     

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    This is how it looks when cut.

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    • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
      barrpat Platinum 6 Reviews
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      Looks yummy.

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    • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
      madmax Gold 6 Reviews
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      razorbackfan, making this for Christmas with my kids and their families. It is awesome. Thanks for sharing it with the insiders and hope you received your gift cards. I did yesterday. Already have an idea of what I am going to purchase.

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      • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
        razorbackfan Alumni Steward Platinum 22 Reviews
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        I have not received my gift cards yet, but I'm sure they will be here any day now.  Our mailman is working overtime this year.  He told me yesterday that he is delivering many more packages this year than in the previous 13 years on this route.  Don't worry, if I don't get them I will let Community Manager know.

         

        Madmax, I hope you and your family enjoy the salad.  I made it again last week since we weren't home over Thanksgiving to enjoy it.  A friend's mother recently sent me their church cookbook (one of my husband's photographs was on the cover-a stained glass window at their church with a cross in the center--really beautiful if I don't say so myself).  The first cookbook was printed by the church in 1967.  Some of the recipes in the book are designated "Throw-back to 1967" and there is a recipe for coca cola salad.  It uses a small bottle of maraschino cherries and pieces of cream cheese.  My recipe, which came from my grandmother, probably predated that recipe.  Another throwback recipe is for Lime Gelatin Salad with Miracle Whip, grated cheese, pineapple, nutmeats, and lime jello.  Does anyone remember Watergate Salad?

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    fschumpert Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Here's a recipe from my mother's Thanksgiving legacy - not too many Northerners familiar with this, I bet:


    1/2 cup butter

    4 cups grated raw sweet potatoes

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1 cup cane syrup

    1/2 cup sugar

    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 cup whole milk

    3 eggs, well beaten

    1 cup chopped pecans or English walnuts


    Melt butter in heavy skillet. Combine other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into a pan of hot butter, and stir until heated through. Transfer to a preheated 350 degree oven and bake 40 minutes. When crusted around top and edge, turn under with a spoon to allow crust to form again, repeating this process twice, allowing the last to remain on the sides and top.(Serves 8)


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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    iahflyr Platinum 23 Reviews
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    Gotta see what the family brings next week!

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    foxglove Silver 3 Reviews
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    A simple side that brings together two of my favorite food groups: potatoes and cheese.

     

    Layered Potato Bake

    2 pounds baking potatoes of uniform size

    1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

    Salt

    1-1/12 cups shredded fontina cheese

    2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

    1 cup light chicken or vegetable stock

     

    Have a large bowl of water ready. Peel the potatoes and slice them into thin rounds. As soon as they are sliced, place them in the water. When they have all been sliced, drain well and lay out on a kitchen towel to dry.


    Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 9-1/2 in diameter baking dish with the butter. In the prepared dish, layer some of the potato slices in a circle, with the slices slightly overlapping, forming a “flower.” Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and a small handful of each of the cheeses. Repeat the layering until you have used up all the potatoes, finishing with the cheeses. Pour the stock over the surface.

    Bake until potatoes are tender when pierced with a toothpick and the top is slightly golden, about 1-1/2 hours. To prevent the casserole from becoming too brown on top, cover the dish with aluminum foil toward the end of the baking time, if necessary. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    communitymanager Community Manager Marriott Associate
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    In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we asked the community to share your favorite side dishes… and we’re so pleased with your response that we wanted to say thank you with a little surprise…

    razorbackfan coz1952 trippin' each receive a

    $100 gift card to Williams-Sonoma

    madmax fschumpert foxglove each receive a

    $100 gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond

     

    Marriott Rewards thanks you for your loyalty and contributions to this community.


    Happy Thanksgiving everyone and safe travels!

    Andy

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 56 Reviews
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    Congratulations to all of you winners!

     

    Well deserved!

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    kathylu Silver 1 Reviews
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    I made three pies for Thanksgiving...Lemon Merangue, Apple Crumb and Pumpkin with a pecan crust.  I was told by a couple of people that the apple pie was the best that they ever had.   I used Granny Smith apples and they were really nice in the pie.

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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    Green Bean Casserole

     

    I like to use fresh green beans, and just snap off the ends.

     

    Add mushroom soup (if I have the time, I make my own from scratch, but if in a hurry, any of the prepared soups work great.

     

    Mixed together in a casserole dish with crisp fried onion on top (again from scratch if you have the time, else shortcut with prepared ones like French's)

     

    Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

     

    This same casserole concept can also be done with broccoli and cream of chicken soup topped with cheese.  Sometimes my mom would make this one with poached chicken as well which makes it more of a meal than a side dish.

     

    Both are wonderful.

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  • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
    psudad Alumni Steward Platinum 3 Reviews
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    This year, I made pan roasted brussel sprouts with onion and italian speck.

     

    Cleaned and halved the brussel sprouts,

    got a thick cut of speck, cubed it and cooked it with a slice of bacon.  When the bacon was done, removed it and the speck.  I used the bacon elsewhere and held out the speck.

    added about a tablespoon of olive oil to the bacon grease and  then put the brussel sprouts cut side down, into the pan and cooked them until they were browned.  Put a thinly sliced onion over top of them, and tossed in the pan to get the rest of the sprouts and the onions cooked.  Returned the speck to the mix, sprinkled some kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. tossed and served.  tasty.

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    • Re: What are your Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your favorites for others to enjoy
      psudad Alumni Steward Platinum 3 Reviews
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      Also made a nice pumpkin caramel pecan cheesecake.  Here is the recipe.  Suggestions:  Make sure you press the crust all the way around and especially down in the corners, so it is the same thickness all around.  I'm sure you have had cheesecakes where the bottom side of the crust is an inch thick.  Gets hard.  Also, I poured in about 1/3 of the cheesecake mix, then poured in about a half jar of caramel and scattered about a half bag of pecans.  Then added the rest of the mix.  Baked with a pan of water on the shelf below.  When you take it out of the oven, run a knife between the crust and the pan.  That way, when it shrinks, it won't be stuck to the sides, reducing cracks.  When nearly cool, pour the rest of the caramel on top and spread it around, then sprinkle the other half of the pecans on it.  It was delicious.

       

      http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/11/caramel-pumpkin-gingersnap-cheesecake-so-there/

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