I’m not a huge fan of turkey the rest of the year, but come November, I have a hard time waiting for Thanksgiving. But if I cook a turkey, I can’t just have turkey.
One thing that is is must with turkey is stuffing. Born in Houston and raised on Tex-Mex and Southern cooking, I have to have my mom’s Cornbread Oyster Stuffing. The only other thing that I absolutely have to have is cranberries. I will eat the ones out of the can if forced to, but I like fresh ones made into relish. And since we’re going this far, might as well have pumpkin pie with whipped cream. My husband though will have to have mashed potatoes, a vegetable and rolls.
So by the time I cook turkey…I’ve cooked a Thanksgiving dinner. This year my brother is coming for Thanksgiving so we’ll also have yams with marshmallows, brown sugar and butter. And heck it would be fun to have a Jello salad. My favorite is one made with orange sherbet and mandarin oranges.
My brother is like me and hates waiting for the holiday so he often makes a pre-holiday dinner. I’m tempted, but fortunately Thanksgiving is next week so I can wait. The turkey is still frozen anyway.
I don’t know about you, but for me Thanksgiving is one of those holiday meals where so much of what I want has to do with what I had growing up.
So what are you cravin’? What will you absolutely have to have next week?