It’s here again! Thanksgiving! My FAVORITE holiday of the year!!! Can you tell I’m just a little excited?
Today I’m going to share with you all of the family favorite recipes that I make every year for our Thanksgiving Dinner.
First up, the casseroles. Now you know, around here when it comes to Thanksgiving, the casseroles are just as important as the turkey. We love them, and don’t hold back at all. Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why be stingy?
Skipped the canned onions – this Green Bean Casserole with Prosciutto, sharp cheddar cheese and Panko topping will win you over.
I absolutely adore Sweet Potato Casserole. The first time I had it, it was so sweet that it tasted like a dessert. In my version, while we still have that wonderful brown sugar struesel topping, the sweetness inside the casserole has been scaled back and the flavor of the sweet potatoes shines through. My father doesn’t like sweet potatoes, but when he had mine recently…he came back for seconds!
If you go to any Cracker Barrel restaurant – or about any southern style restaurant – you will find a Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole. As with all my recipes, I’ve skipped the canned “cream of goo” and man oh man is it good!
Corn Casserole is so popular in my family, that I have to make two of them every year. When the leftovers are gone, we quietly resent the person who got the last serving, wishing it had been us. You may need to make a double batch as well. Just warning you.
Next, the meats. Yes, plural. We normally make both a turkey and a ham for Thanksgiving. It might seem like going overboard, but it provides tons of leftovers that I can freeze in portions and use for lots of future meals.
I recently shared this recipe here on Cosmopolitan Cornbread. I started making my turkey like this a couple years ago, and will never make it any other way again.
You can’t walk away form a feast like this without finishing it off with a dessert, right?
Thanksgiving, for our family, means pies.
There are a couple that I make every year, no matter what – and then I’ll make a few additional desserts that vary from year to year.
The first “must have” pie – Granny Compton’s Butterscotch Pie.
The second pie that I always make, is Chocolate Pie.
And finally, I always make a Pumpkin Pie – whether it is a classic pumpkin pie or this Deep Dish Pumpkin Streusel Pie – pumpkin has to make an appearance on Thanksgiving.
What will you be having for your Thanksgiving feast?