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What is your favorite holiday side dish?

Smileelisa Apr 16, 2008 03:34 AM

I think we all look forward to holiday meals for a certain dish. In my family it would be candied yams. It is the only time I make them and I don't know why. We all love them. What is your favorite?

  1. Catskillgirl Apr 19, 2008 09:33 AM

    That would have to be stuffing from a roasted turkey or chicken. With lots of good gravy. Ummmmmmmm.

    1. HillJ Apr 19, 2008 09:26 AM

      Corn bread, the version with a can of creamed corn in the recipe.
      Served just warm with a grate of nutmeg-oh my!

      1. romansperson Apr 18, 2008 05:07 AM

        I made a sweet potato souffle last year that I think will be a holiday side dish from now on. It's a savory souffle, and even my husband, who doesn't like most sweet potato dishes, really liked it. It's a bit too much work to make for an everyday dish, but just right for special occasions.

        I also really like to have homemade bread on hand for the holidays.

        1. Pappardelle Apr 18, 2008 03:52 AM

          It is weird but I love the Green bean salad with red onions and tomatoes, parsley, and vinagrette. It is a great flavor combination with all the heavy stuff.

          I also love all the lithuanian foods my family makes - potato pudding, lithuanian style sausage, etc. I am getting nostalgic for holiday eats already! I didn't have them this year as I am abroad this year!

          1. HSBSteveM Apr 16, 2008 05:53 PM

            Creamed Onions

            1. JungMann Apr 16, 2008 11:55 AM

              Stuffing, especially the one we eat with italian sausage and parmesan. It's a once-a-year treat in my rice-eating family. If we're going to extend this beyond just sides, though, I really do look forward to the chicken relleno we eat on Christmas: a whole, boneless chicken stuffed with pork, chorizos and other savories. Asia's response to the turducken, if you will.

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                Sean Apr 16, 2008 01:02 PM

                I can't help it but I love broccoli casserole even though it is made with Cambell's Cream of something or other, vile glop on it's own...

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                  KevinB Apr 18, 2008 03:38 AM

                  Stuffing would be my choice as well. Sausage, onions, apples, celery, some spices, and I tend to vary the bread each time - I've used French or Italian loaves, various whole wheat breads (7-grain, 12-grain, flax, oat, etc.), and even cornbread.

                  What I especially like is taking it out the fridge a day or two later, and making a sandwich with it (with cranberry jelly, naturally!).

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                    moh Apr 18, 2008 04:09 AM

                    With you on the sandwich thing. I also throw in a dollop of mash potato into the sandwich and some gravy along with the stuffing and jelly. That may be my favorite sandwich ever...

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                      KevinB Apr 19, 2008 08:51 AM

                      That's sound so good, but it would send my carb count through the roof! Maybe if I get down to 175 lbs...

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                      Catskillgirl Apr 19, 2008 09:35 AM

                      Oh yes, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches! Just as good as the original meal. It fills a void like nothing else does!

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                      Mellicita Apr 22, 2008 02:37 PM

                      I also adore the Thanksgiving stuffing!! Mine is typical- bread cubes, celery and onion, apple and sausage, with poultry seasoning... and soaked with the glorious turkey flavor from being cooked inside the bird! Topped with rich turkey gravy!

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                      AlyKen Apr 16, 2008 11:22 AM

                      My mom's horrible for you vegetable casserole:
                      1 stick of butter, 1 c of mayo, 2 c of sharp cheddar, celery, onions, frozen mixed veggies, and crushed Cheezits on top.

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                        dolores Apr 16, 2008 01:09 PM

                        Wow, AlyKen, if I can eat it in private and spit out the veggies, that sounds delish!

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                          AlyKen Apr 17, 2008 05:02 AM

                          Dolores, my cousin who doesn't like vegetables eats it. The goopy stuff to vegetable ratio is rather high.

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                            Catskillgirl Apr 19, 2008 09:34 AM

                            LOLOL! It does sound yummy... except for those pesky veggies!

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                          anzu Apr 16, 2008 09:56 AM

                          It's not a side dish, but I make rum balls once a year and really like them. I also like the cranberry sauces and relishes that they serve for T-day. But I have to say that my favorite is my parent's osechi (Japanese new year specialty foods). I was very very sad to miss it this year.

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                            dolores Apr 16, 2008 03:52 AM

                            This is going to sound silly, but my s-i-l always made (and still makes) ambrosia for her kids at Thanksgiving, and it's one of my favorites. Oh, and my b-i-l's Christopher Wren Gems.

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