Our Thanksgiving Menu & Favorite Holiday Dishes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

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Ultimate Recipe Swap

Part of the reason that my family loves Thanksgiving is that I make our favorite dishes that we often reserve for this time of year. Or rather, Thanksgiving escorts us into a season where I make a certain group of favorite recipes. Since grocery sales are so good right now, I stock up on these items and let them dictate my menu planning.

And yes, we eat cranberry sauce from a can. Jellied. And my kids love it this way.

And yes, I have made it from scratch. And Grandma has made from scratch. But, my kids — and husband — love it this way.

Here is what we’ll be enjoying next week:

  • Green Beans
  • Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Jellied Cranberry Sauce – from a can, because we love it this way

I may experiment with one or two dishes and try to expose my kids to new flavors. But this is what they love and look forward to at Thanksgiving. And all of these recipes are ones that I know well and could make in my sleep. In this way, I can make the day a little less stressed.

I’d rather enjoy the moment.

Got a favorite holiday dish?

Share it with us!

Remember, next week there will be no URS. Go eat turkey and enjoy a restful day.

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  1. Looks so yummy!!!! I can’t wait! But no sweet potatoes on your menu? 🙂 Can that be true? Please make a sweet potatoe casserole. Even make it this week and put it in the freezer. Just needs to re-heat. Please? You won’t be sorry 🙂

    1. @Lee Ann, my mom never made sweet potatoes and my husband apparently doesn’t care for them. So, they aren’t really a part of our traditions. I am going to try a recipe with them if time allows, though.

  2. I wanted to share a special cake recipe that I have changed to be a little more healthy. Venerterta is an Icelandic cake and my son asks for it at every birthday. He was born on Thanksgiving day in 1993.

  3. This is a new recipe we just tried for the first time this month, but it was so yummy we’ve had it 3 times in November and we’re adding it to the Thanksgiving Menu! This one will make everyone a Brussels Sprouts lover!

  4. We like our cranberry sauce from a can too! I’ve made it from scratch as well, but somehow it never measures up. I’ve linked up a tasty Thanksgiving side dish my family just loves – and it’s great with leftovers too.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. We always go to my grandmother’s house, where she and my mom put on a big spread. I’m not a big fan of the canned cranberry sauce, but nobody in my family makes it from scratch, so that is what is always on the table. I guess I could make it, but I’d rather bake a pie.

    thanks for the link-up.

  6. Cranberry sauce from a can.. there is no other way!!!
    Yes where is the sweet patotoes?
    And turnup!

  7. My family likes homemade cranberry sauce, but I like the jellied kind best, too. My children are not big pumpkin pie fans, so we usually have another choice like peanut butter pie.
    I may try your toffee dream for a dinner we’re going to this weekend. It sounds yummy!

  8. I just shared a link to my favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes… a cranberry sauce, stuffing, twice baked sweet potatoes, and yellow pepper butter green beans. Its under Sarah (Fat Little Legs) above. ENJOY!

  9. It is a family tradition to have the canned stuff on the table for everyone else and the homemade stuff for Grandpa. Sometimes he “allows” a new comer to have the homemade stuff but he will not touch the canned stuff. It is usually a big joke at dinner because Grandpa is so picky and we all accommodate.

    I don’t have a recipe for it (but I could find one if people would like) but a tradition in our house is carrot jello. I have heard that it is a German thing (since our family is very German, it could be true) but whenever new people come they seemed surprised by it – and we all seem surprised that they have never had it 🙂

  10. My sister and I always joke that we need to have the cranberry sauce that is shaped like the can. We love it!!

  11. I am giggling. We love our cranberry sauce from a can and I have also made it, from scratch. The magic of Ocean Spray or whatever brand is out there.

  12. I wanted to try a new cranberry sauce recipe this year, but my husband doesn’t love it. My dad only likes the jellied from a can. Someday I’ll find someone to make it for! 🙂

  13. My husband’s grandfather was a chef at a fancy hotel and every Thanksgiving he would make his special cranberry dish. The kids (my husband and his sisters) would always complain that they wanted the their mom’s cranberries with the stripes in it. It always made my mother-in-law chuckle because it infuriated ‘her’ mother-in-law that the kids didn’t appreciate the “finer things in life”.

  14. I agree with you and many of the other comments, cranberry sauce from the can is good stuff! I even like the cool imprints from the can! LOL!

  15. I just added the Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe I found, it sounds so good! Of course, I have never met a cheesecake I didn’t love 😛

  16. This year was our least stressful Thanksgiving ever (we’re British so have no problem celebrating on the weekend a few days early – we had “Thanksgiving” last night!). I made a mountain of mashed potatoes in the slow cooker and experimented with a roast garlic version which totally worked! Slow cooker stuffing too. I hate wrangling the huge pot you need for potatoes for a crowd so this really helped, plus it was much safer – hope it helps a few more families.

  17. Too funny! We love our cranberry sauce from a can as well! 🙂 Some of my kook-ey family members (said with the utmost love of course! 😉 ) love to eat cranberry sauce with the turkey gravy on it! 🙂 I hope you have a very blessed thanksgiving and we can’t wait to see pictures and hear how your day went! And I give you two thumbs WAY up with keeping to what you already know to keep stress levels down!!! Way to go!!!! 🙂