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What is your favorite holiday side dish?

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: AlyKen

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

          1. re: dolores

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

            1. re: dolores

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

          2. 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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            1. re: JungMann

              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...

              1. re: JungMann

                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!).

                1. re: KevinB

                  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...

                  1. re: moh

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

                  2. re: KevinB

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

                  3. re: JungMann

                    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!