Whether you’re traveling for Thanksgiving or staying home, I assume you plan to eat. It’s kind of the whole point of the day. I mean, besides giving thanks, of course!
And unless you’re really, really lucky, you’ll probably be cooking SOMETHING to add to the meal. Since my husband is the cook in our family (well, the good cook!) I usually assume the role of sous chef. Though I only assist with the actual cooking, I certainly assert my opinions about the actual food.
I’ve never been a huge fan of turkey (I know, a true Thanksgiving sin), so the side dishes are super important to me. I prefer “stuffing” to “dressing.” Although this will be my first Gluten Free Thanksgiving so I’m having to re-think this side. I’ve heard awesome things about the Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Stuffing Mix.
I also love all things sweet potato. Last year I posted a recipe that we used- Ice Cream Infused Sweet Potatoes. They were absolutely as good as the name would suggest. Another one of my favorite Thanksgiving foods is green bean casserole. I grew up with a very traditional recipe and could never imagine making any improvements. However, several years ago I tasted a more “real food” version and honestly like it even better. Thanksgiving is NOT the time to worry about calories, but this green bean casserole is truly superior.
Lest you think I’m a complete health freak with my Gluten Free Stuffing, and “real” green beans, let me tell you my absolute FAVORITE part of the meal. In my opinion, a Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. No substitution will do.
And then of course, a thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert. Personally, I do not think fruit qualifies as dessert. So I forgo pumpkin and apple pie for the less traditional, Death By Chocolate. My sister-in-law made this a staple at our Thanksgiving meals, and I am grateful!
What are your meal “must-haves?” If you are traveling for the holiday, will you bring your favorite dish or just hope the host is on your same page?