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Thanksgiving Inspiration

I learned something interesting about myself this week – I do not like corn bread stuffing. I love corn, corn muffins, corn bread, and corn fritters. I eat a ridiculous amount of corn when it’s in season. I even once made a sweet corn ice cream. But I do not like corn bread stuffing.

I guess it comes down to what you’re raised with – sort of how some families are the Crest kind of people and some families are the Colgate kind. Some families are loyal to Miracle Whip, while others will only use mayonnaise. Some families have corn bread stuffing at Thanksgiving and some families have white bread stuffing. Our family was always a Crest, mayonnaise, and white bread stuffing sort of family.

The four things I am most thankful for.

I didn’t realize how ingrained this inclination towards white bread stuffing was until I set about preparing a corn bread stuffing earlier this week. It should’ve been delicious, with crispy bits of bacon, tender dates, shallots, and celery. It was supposed to be a new recipe to feature in this post about Thanksgiving ideas. But I didn’t like it. I can’t even tell you if it was good or not, as far as corn bread stuffings go. I am just a white bread stuffing girl through and through and I couldn’t wrap my taste buds or my heart around that corn bread stuffing. I’m not sharing the recipe.

But I am going to share this round-up of wonderful, tried and true Thanksgiving ideas, in plenty of time to add them to your Thanksgiving menu…

Give thanks for good food, friends.

APPETIZERS

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs

Corn and Bacon Fritters with Smoked Salmon

Bacon-Wrapped Dates stuffed with Bleu Cheese

THE MAIN EVENT

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy (and tips for roasting a whole turkey)

Bacon and Cider Braised Turkey Drumsticks (and garlicky creamed spinach)

Spiced Sweet Potato Puree with Pecan Streusel

Sausage, Apple, and Leek Stuffing

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Green Beans Almondine

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts

Hot Doughy Buns

DESSERTS

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Coconut Pie

A Few Variations on Apple Pie (in an all butter pie crust)

Caramel Apple Cake

Turkey-Shaped Sugar Cookies

Caramel Apple Tartlets

Spiced Mango Upside Down Cake

Cannoli Cheesecake

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  1. I do agree with you that it depends on what you are around as a child and maybe even the place you grow up. I was born and raised in Michigan but my parents were raised in Tennessee and my mother always made cornbread dressing. It was a surprise that when I moved to Ca. where a lot of my relatives live that they ALSO loved the same dressing.They came from Tenn. also. The tried other kinds but always came back to the one they were raised on. My niece has been married 5 years now to a fellow that loves many other dishes for Thanksgiving that we never served. She makes many sides so that SHE can have what she liked when she grew up. His family was of German origin and didn’t even serve mashed potatoes at the meal or even pumpkin pie. We were just astonished going to his side of the families dinner. We came home and the next day made our own dinner as we just missed the usual things we traditionally have.We are miracle whip,cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing family.

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  2. Sweetcorn ice cream??? No way?? How? Did it taste good? ;-)
    /Camilla

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  3. I don’t care for straight-up cornbread dressing, but I have a recipe I got from a grocery store years ago that is about half each corn and white bread, maybe a little more than half on the white bread side. I like it a lot, and that may have to do with two things: The recipe doesn’t call for drying either bread, and it’s a fairly dense cornbread recipe. The result is softer, moister, and less crumbly than most other cornbread dressings I’ve had.

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  4. That looks like on big Thanksgiving spread. I hope you have plenty of guests.
    Wonderful stuff.
    Best,
    Conor

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  5. I think I’d rather eat at your house for Thanksgiving. Everything looks divine!

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  6. I wish there was Thanksgiving in Italy too… :-)

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  7. White bread and sausage stuffing all the way (and Crest toothpaste). Although I do love corn casserole on Thanksgiving!

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