Thanksgiving Dinner…very American traditional…
We have a very traditional American Thanksgiving dinner…probably 1950’s as you can get right down to the yams with little marshmallows on top!
OUR MENU: (American Traditional 1950’s Thanksgiving dinner)
Turkey and sage dressing
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Green Bean Casserole
Yams with little marshmallows on top
Rolls and butter
Pickles and Olives
Pies: Pumpkin, apple, mincemeat, pecan praline, German Chocolate, and Lemon Meringue
And Homemade Ice Cream
The dressing recipe is one my mother did (with my own updates until I arrived at a version everyone seems to like). I stuff the turkey and make enough to also cook a separate casserole dish full of dressing. I make it the night before and let it refrigerate overnight which seems to help to make it even more flavorful.
YAMS with little marshmallows
The yams with little marshmallows on top are the same as what my aunt Lola used to make for Thanksgiving.
Yams with little Marshmallows recipe (.pdf format)
GREEN BEAN Casserole
The green bean casserole is right out of the fifties. I think everyone in America served the green bean casserole for Thanksgiving in the fifties…it was so trendy then! I decided to look up the history of the green bean casserole and had to share …so straight from the history channel!
THE ORIGINS OF THE MYSTERIOUS GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
MAKE-AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY
This year I had a recipe for make-ahead gravy. I liked having it already made so I will probably use it again. I used a recipe I found on all recipes.com. The only change I made was I used twice as many turkey wings…I like more flavor in my gravy.
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
This year I tried some make ahead mashed potatoes (using a crock pot to keep them warm). They were delicious!
5 pounds potatoes
1 cup sour cream
3 oz cream cheese,
4 teaspoons onion salt,
1/2 teaspoon pepper,
4 Tablespoons butter,
2 teaspoons salt.
Makes 8 cup
350 for 30 minutes
CRANBERRY JELL-O SALAD
Why a Jell-O salad? I grew up in Utah…need I say more?? At least it is not green. If you don’t understand read “Jello-O and Mormonism: The stereotypes surprising origins” or Jell-O Love: A Guide to Mormon Cuisine . During the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City the most collectable pin was the green Jell-O pin.
(My mom’s favorite Jell-O dish was orange Jell-O with shredded carrots and if she got fancy it also had crushed pineapple in it. We had it often.)
The Jello salad I make every year for Thanksgiving is one my mom used but it has “evolved” ….it is more a fruit salad held together with a little Jello BUT it does have cranberries in it.
CRANBERRY FRUIT JELLO SALAD (.doc format)
CRANBERRY FRUIT JELLO SALAD (.pdf format)
ROLLS (.doc format)
ROLLS (.pdf format)