What is your family's signature Thanksgiving dish?

posted 11 months ago in Holidays
Post # 2
6606 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Probably the homemade bread. And my uncle does fried oysters but no thanks. The rest of the family loves them. I’ve done thanksgiving with the in laws for years now. All their stuff is pretty traditional so nothing stands out. I’ll claim it’s my pies, made from our own orchard 😁

Post # 3
2923 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I don’t care for cranberries, but my mom makes an amazing cranberry salad (I’m told).  It’s the dish she’s always asked to bring to holiday dinners.

My Mother-In-Law makes awesome dressing and I finally got the recipe smile  Her key is using 4 different types of bread and she has to start it a couple of days ahead of time in order for all the other herbs and ingredients to meld together.  It is seriously to die for!

Post # 4
724 posts
Busy bee

My grandma makes to die for homemade stuffing and gravy! 

Post # 5
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Mac and Cheese… predictable but my kids love it. They also act like I can only make it on holidays for some reason LOL

Post # 6
935 posts
Busy bee

My grandma used to make the best sweet potato recipe when she was alive. My dad passed the recipe onto me after she passed away and now I make it every year. It’s nothing overly special, but it’s very easy to make and always a family favorite.

40 oz canned sweet potatoes (drained)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp salt
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix together well with blender or mash thoroughly. Pour into greased 12x6x1 baking dish. Add topping.

Topping Ingredients:
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix and sprinkle on top.

Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes and serve.

Post # 7
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

chicken :  It used to be homemade noodles, when my grandma was still alive. Nobody has really taken on the task of making them since she passed, though. I’ve made them a couple times, but prob 1/2 of my extended family that we have Thanksgiving with now is vegan, and barley any got eaten last time, so I gave up. (It wasn’t that they didn’t taste good, they were actually really good)

My specialty is the pies I bake. Deep dish pecan with a cream cheese crust is my favorite for Thanksgiving. I normally make pumpkin and caramel appple as well for other get togethers, as the Deep dish pecan one is super time consuming, and I normally only have it in me to make one per year.

Post # 9
3411 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Nothing really in my family growing up – just generic Thanksgiving food haha

Since my fiance and I have started hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, my sweet potatoes and butternut squash crockpot dish has become a staple that both he and my brother ask for every time.

Fiances Mom makes incredible stuffing so that would be her “signature” holiday dish. 

Post # 10
2579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Stuffing made with Ritz crackers instead of bread. OMG, you guys it’s so fatty and delicious.

Post # 11
3456 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My cornbread stuffing, which I learned from my beloved late aunt, has gotten rave reviews in multiple countries. I stuff it in the bird, and it has sauteed veggies, sausage, diced apples, and a secret ingredient.  I also do a vegetarian version on the side for whoever requires/prefers it. I also make very good macaroni and cheese, which I adapted from watching my grandmother do hers every single Sunday my entire childhood (for that matter, she did it well before I was born) and yet I’m somehow the only one in the family who makes it as good as hers, lol. but I’m tweaking my method a bit this year in order to make this version which I’ve had before and also love:


Post # 12
9633 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

My grandma is dutch and we always have homemade noodles over mashed potatoes instead of gravy (the noodles are in a chicken gravy). Everyone thinks it’s weird until they try it. We only have them twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ll miss them this year (not going home for the holidays). 

It’s just something we ‘instinctively learn’ and it’s passed down from the grandmothers of the family… like I literally do not have a handwritten recipe for this, no one in my family does.

(Not my picture)

Boil a whole chicken, simmer for 4-6 hours to get chicken gravy. Remove the chicken carcass. Make egg noodles by hand, add them to the chicken gravy. Optional is to add back in the shredded chicken. Salt & pepper, bay leaves


Post # 13
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Stir-fried green beans with Tamari and Quorn on a bed of roasted veggies.

Post # 14
3731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m always in charge of the candied sweet potato casserole and corn casserole. My mom always make the corn bread dressing (note dressing…not stuffing. Very different dishes), and it’s what I look forward to the most. We usually have both turkey and ham along with various side dishes. 

Post # 15
238 posts
Helper bee

Sautéed peas and bacon! It’s stupidly easy to make (literally fry bacon, drain the pan and put canned peas in). My great great uncle always made it, and it was just as loved as the intricate recipies all my other realatices would make. Simply delicious 😋 

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