My favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast are the side dishes. My family was always a cornbread stuffing family. My Grandmother's recipe was loving prepared every year. It's very simple but good and makes a nice foil for the gravy.
1-cup butter (or margarine for those who prefer it)
1-cup chopped white onion
4-cups chopped celery
1-teaspoon ground pepper
3-teaspoons poultry seasoning
7-cups dried breadcrumbs (store bought is just fine)
1 1/2-cups chicken broth (more as needed to moisten)
Sautee onions and celery in butter, blend into the breads that have
been mixed together. Pour eggs and broth over all. Mix together,
(it's okay to use your hands for this part) pour into a greased
pan and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
My other sides would include; Brussel Sprouts with bacon and thyme (there are plenty of great recipes on-line but my favorite is also a Williams and Sonoma recipe,) steamed broccoli (my kids hate brussel sprouts) and of course mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, green bean casserole (I started making this in the '70's and it's still popular) and sweet potatoes. I LOVE sweet potatoes. They are one of my favorites at Thanksgiving and anytime. I adapted this recipe from a dish my friend Neil Crain made. He's quite the chef.
Chipolte Sweet Potatoes:
Roast 6 sweet potatoes in a 450 degree oven for about an
hour until tender. Allow to cool enough to handle. Peel and
cube into a large bowl. Add 3 to 4 chopped chipolte peppers in
adobo sauce and about a tablespoon of the adobo sauce from the jar.
Add 4-6 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup half and half, salt to taste
and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Reheat just before serving.
No Thanksgiving is complete without pie. I also love pie. I love saying pie (it just makes you happy, try it.) I will confess that I don't care for pumpkin pie but I'm a huge fan of deep dish apple with cranberries and I also enjoy just a sliver of pecan (I DO live in Texas!)
Thanks for letting me share my Thanksgiving with you! I hope your lives are filled with blessings, abundance, joy and love!!!