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I like canned cranberry sauce! What holiday treates do you like that foodies would shudder at?

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I admit it. I love canned whole berry cranberry sauce. I make it myself when I have guests, but as a treat, like I did tonight, I'll just open a can and have at it. i also like canned apple pie filling, right out of the can. Or heated with a scoop of ice cream on top.

What other holiday goodies do you like that you can't allow anyone to know about because they'll think you're crazy? :)

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  1. We like canned cranberry sauce also. We have made it from scratch. But the canned brings back our childhood. Some things you don't mess with.

    1. I love a good fruitcake, meanwhile others use theirs as a doorstop.

      1. Love good fruitcake, and I like to eat None Such brandy rum mincemeat right out of the jar!

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        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          Oh- I like good fruitcake too. All those crunchy damp dried fruits... yum.

        2. One of our family's must have appetizers for any holiday meal has always been celery stuffed with a cream cheese/green olive spread. We always use cheap jars of green olives stuffed with pimentos, a little juice from the jar to thin the cream cheese a bit. Oh yum. I love it and can't imagine a holiday without it.

          1. I love green bean casserole. If you use fresh ingredients or make a bechamel, you ruin it for me. Can green beans, campbells cream of mushroom soup, durkee fried onion rings. Heaven.

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            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

              I know, I KNOW, that I shouldn't like it. That it's full of things I would normally never touch. Who cares? Bring on the green bean casserole! It's the taste of family gatherings.

              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                Exactly the way I like it, the original recipe with Cambells mushroom soup.

                1. re: monku

                  I am not alone!! I no longer need to feel shame!!

                  1. re: mamachef

                    Thank you for that. We are not alone!

                  2. re: monku

                    About ten years ago, I decided to make the Green Bean Casserole from scratch for a couple of dozen family and friends....a very large batch...probably at least 7-8 pounds of fresh green beans that needed to be french cut, 3-4 pounds of fresh sliced Crimini mushrooms and a gallon bechemel sauce....and or course a 4 pounds of fresh made deep fried onions.

                    Everyone said they liked it....but without any emotion or smiles......unlike the last 9-10 years when I returned to the old recipe of frozen french cut green beans, Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup and French's/Durkee fried onions.

                    1. re: monku

                      Just finished making a batch today to go with the turkey our little family will be having tonight.
                      I pretty sure the home we're going to for Thanksgiving frown upon the green bean casserole. I brought it last year and no one touched it except for us.

                      And they eat that cranberry jelly from the can.

                    2. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                      +1 Have had the Chow version, but still want the traditional.

                      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                        You don't mess with a classic! I've never been embarrassed to proclaim my love of this dish (made ONLY Campbell style, of course), and it's amazing--and amusing--to watch all my guests, including "foodies," devour GBC every year.

                        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                          Totally. I like to put it on top of my mashed potatoes:)

                        2. Right there with you on the canned cranberry sauce. Ocean Spray, whole berry. I don't want some weird, challenging sauce with my turkey.....I want old faithful.

                          1. love ocean spray jellied cranberry sauce with mayo on sliced bread to complete the perfect turkey sandwich! I also love the popcorn in tin drums sold during the holidays.

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                            1. re: foodseek

                              Love that popcorn. Usually the caramel disappears first, followed by the cheese, and then finally the butter.

                              1. re: viperlush

                                I also like the green bean casserole based on the fried onion recipe and fruit cake (which I soak in bourbon!!!). I usually wait for them to discount the fruitcakes to 1/2 price at Waldbaums or Pathmark; don't give me none of that fancy texas Fruitcake; Jayne Parker's is good with me!!!

                              2. re: foodseek

                                ACK! That popcorn, yes, oh, Lord help me, yes. Lots of fond memories of sitting by the fire eating that stuff, fighting over the neon-cheeze-powder-covered kind... :D

                              3. i'm not fan of serving the canned stuff as the actual cranberry sauce for the meal, BUT i agree with foodseek that it's an essential component of the day-after leftover turkey sandwich!

                                1. Ah, that annual ritual, to soon be at hand
                                  of rinsing both ends of the OceanSpray can,
                                  then taking canopener to both the tinned ends
                                  releasing the jellied smooth contents within.

                                  Then, pushed through the cylinder of solid steel can
                                  it extrudes with a gluk and a hiss,
                                  Transferred from steel vessel, to chosen receptacle,
                                  It lands with a quivering shimmer of bliss.

                                  Now: what to do with that tall jellied column?
                                  Some folks choose to slice it.
                                  Others to dice it.
                                  And those who dig in there with spoon and just stir it.

                                  These days, I give most of my fullest attention
                                  to tart frozen berries, and their many renditions.

                                  But there's always on table a bowl of the Jellied.
                                  ...Quivering, Jiggling, Shimmering.

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                                  1. re: FoodFuser

                                    nice one FF! but with all due respect, "gluk" and "hiss" aren't *quite* the noise descriptors we need here...


                                    i miss Sam.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      I debated on whether to expand on the spelling
                                      and I'm glad that you've linked us to Sam's previous telling.

                                      I kept quite the minimalist when I kept it as "gluk."

                                      But truly it's deserving of more consonants and vowels
                                      to capture the sounds as jell slips from the bowels
                                      of ridged and unyielding solid steel can.

                                      Issues of temperature, pressure, surface tension,
                                      encasement in steel colon of that sweet jelled colloid.
                                      all these needed consider
                                      as one typed out the the sound.

                                      Perhaps we'll engender a cranberry contest
                                      for them that give slide of the jell from the can.

                                      What minimum of keystrokes of consonants and vowels
                                      are tightly required to recapture that sound?

                                      But any contest that we friendly engage in
                                      should surely exclude the tactile sensation
                                      of the "whoosh" as the jell makes its exit from can.

                                      It's an annual tingle.

                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                        ghg, you don't hear "gluk" and "hiss"? Those are the exact noises I hear when it finally "releases" from the can...the hiss comes last.

                                        1. re: mamachef

                                          it's been many, many years since a can of cranberry sauce was opened in my presence so my memory is fuzzy...but from what i recall, it was more of the "SCCHHGGGLLLOOOOPPPP" our dear departed Sam described :)

                                      2. re: FoodFuser

                                        Yeah, except they've changed the Ocean Spray cans so they have the rounded bottoms - can't use a can opener on them anymore!

                                        That's ok, it's good right out of the can. That's just one less dish to wash!

                                            1. re: ZenSojourner

                                              But I used to open both ends and push it out. Now you have to spoon it and it doesn't always stay together.

                                              1. re: coll

                                                We only opened the top. Then we take a knife and run it around the circumference. Turn it over, give it a good whack or two on the bottom, and...schlooop. I assume it still works. I haven't tried since last year.

                                                1. re: debbiel

                                                  You can also tap a nail through the bottom of the can -- the problem is usually that the jelly sorta suction-cups onto the can, and the nail breaks the suction.

                                                  1. re: LauraGrace

                                                    Ah, a nail solves the problem! Why didn't I think of that!

                                                    Well probably because we always just stuck a spoon in the can and spooned it out even in the "good ol' days" when cans looked the same on both ends . . .


                                                  2. re: debbiel

                                                    "Schlooop"- the perfect sound of the cranberry log pooping its way out of the can...

                                                  3. re: coll

                                                    I open the top then stab a couple of holes in the bottom and with a shake out it comes. I remember as a little girl slicing the jellied into rounds and then using a cookie cutter to make them into leaf shapes :-) Maybe I'll do it again this year. Its my first opportunity to entertain a SO of a child, everything needs to be good or at least cute right?

                                              2. re: ZenSojourner

                                                Open one end and the jam a knife into the other end to release the suction. It will slide right out with the can markings attached. Whew!

                                            2. How far back do people remember that green bean casserole going? I never heard of it until I moved to Pittsburgh in 1999. No one I knew in Washington, D.C., New York, or New Jersey ever served it before then. Now it's considered as much a part of the American Thanksgiving Meal as sweet potatoes.

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                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                My memories of it go back to at least the early 1960s...

                                                1. re: Jay F

                                                  There's a definite history to it. IIRC, it was developed in the Campbell's soup test kitchens as a way to get people to... well... buy the soup. Ah, as usual, the oracle knows all:


                                                  1. re: LauraGrace

                                                    And, it was served to the Shah of Iran and his wife at a formal dinner, announced by the butler as "beans and stuff." really.

                                                      1. re: LauraGrace

                                                        Seriously. Served at the home of Mrs. John Snively, wife of a very wealthy Florida citrus rancher. You can find a marvelous article in Saveur online entitled, "The Queen's Beans."
                                                        An interesting aside in this article is that a recipe evidently surfaced c. 1947 which included sliced frankfurters, but didn't really take off until '55 when Campbells' decided they should have a piece of that action. It's a great nostalgia-read.

                                                    1. re: LauraGrace

                                                      Interesting. 1955. I wonder why I didn't hear of it until 1999.

                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                          But hey, now you can make up for lost time!

                                                      1. re: Jay F

                                                        My family was serving it in NY back in the 60's....

                                                        1. re: Cherylptw

                                                          Veddy, veddy with the times, dahling. :D

                                                      2. I don't know if it's necessarily a holiday goody, or if I even care if anyone knows, but I really really like Pillsbury Dinner Rolls. They're usu. only served when we have a traditional T-Day dinner or meal, so it's definitely a treat for me.

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                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          My sister stuffs those with cheese and bacon. I love her.

                                                        2. Candied yams out of a can with marshmallows on top and browned with some brown sugar mixed in the yams for more sweetness..

                                                          1. JELLIED cranberry sauce in the can!

                                                            My mother forced me to make cranberry relish every year, but I hated the stuff. I can't stand the whole berry either. It's jellied cranberry sauce all the way for me. I like it with pork chops and ham, too. Also Mac 'n Cheese.

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                                                              1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                oh yes, you did already mention this. +2 on the jellied.

                                                                1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                  Growing up, there was jellied cranberry sauce with nearly every meal save pork (applesauce instead) and fish. I was used to a scoop-o-red with meat loaf, pot roast, those pre-fab veal patties, etc. College was a two-edged sword. On the one hand, I missed having it with meat loaf and the like, but was introduced to whole berry with roast chicken and turkey, and much prefer the whole berry style now. It has more berry flavor, I think. Jellied is to whole as apple juice is to applesauce.

                                                                2. I forgot to mention canned black olives. They MUST be on the table, and at each dinner a child is required to adorn all five fingers with them and get rebuked. I even like the waxy build-up after I've eaten an entire can to my head. It just wouldn't be Txgiving without them.

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                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                    Ahahahaha... YES! We always put black olive "shoes" on our fingers and walked them around the edges of the plates. My parents were super-cool and actually encouraged this. ;)

                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                      Oh yes. I love olives, good olives. But on Thanksgiving it MUST be the canned black olives. A can for appetizers. A can for the table.

                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                        My 2 yr old nephew ate a large can of those olives for lunch Thanksgiving.

                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                          One of my aunts would snag my black olives whenever I had them out preparing something. I laugh just thinking about that. =) Funny we're the only two in the family that seem to like them. Fine with me! More for us!

                                                                        2. to Miri1 - re cranberry sauce: are we talking about the jellied stuff, that has the ribbing from the can impressed on it? because i love that. my dad too. i've made fancy homemade ones, but we still had to have the canned.

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                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                              I like the whole berry cranberry sauce, but it too has the ribing from the can, sort of. But I'll eat the jellied one too. As long as it's Ocean Spray. Mmmm....I dumped it on my Mac and Cheese last week. Good stuff! lol

                                                                              1. re: Miri1

                                                                                Gotta have the canned Ocean Spray jellied! But the only leftover I ever take home is my sister's meatballs from the crockpot. They're 1/2 oz. frozen meatballs from the supermarket. simmered with a blend of damson plum preserves, sour cream, and a touch of Dijon. Tastes incredible.

                                                                                1. re: chefdaddyo

                                                                                  I wrote down that meatball recipe to save for a later time! My cousin made some that were in a sauce which included grape jelly that were pretty good.

                                                                            2. i am actually one who enjoys the hoards of holiday-themed junk foods available at this time. halloween oreos, then candy cane oreos, then peppermint bark haagen dazs. candy corn kisses will be demolished by the bagful. and candy cane kisses follow suit.

                                                                              god. someone should take me to slaughter and roast me by the time february rolls around. i've sure had the diet for it.

                                                                              1. Marshmallow treats. My grandmother *loved* them. Marshmallows weren't a regular pantry item in our home so making them required a special trip to the store, and sometimes we didn't have Rice Krispies in the house, either, so marshmallow treats were super super special company food! I rarely have them now but when I do, I think of my grandmother.

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                                                                                1. re: Erika L

                                                                                  You may want to rethink that Erika. I recently made Nutella rice crispy treats in an effort to dump a giant jar of it loafing around my pantry. I made my husband hide them from me TWICE (silly fellow tried to just hide them in his bedside table round one - amateur).

                                                                                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                    Nutella is an endangered species in my house--after the initial opening, there wouldn't be enough to make a batch! But wow, that sounds good!

                                                                                  2. re: Erika L

                                                                                    What was that horrible stuff made with canned fruit cocktail, whipped cream, and marshmallows? Heavenly Hash? Something like that. Another dish foisted on innocents by my mother . . .


                                                                                    1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                      Yep. I can still feel my throat burning from all the sugar in that stuff. What it was supposed to be or complement is still lost on me. And then there was my roommate who specialized in a bitchin' blend of cool whip, peach jello, canned peaches and cottage cheese and was deeply offended when nobody could eat it.

                                                                                      1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                        It's ambrosia - I had a serious thing for that stuff as a kid. I never could eat the grapes though.

                                                                                    2. Clearly foodies do not shudder at all the traditional funny foods we all eat at Thanksgiving. Experimentation is for the other 355 some odd days that are not Holidays with food traditions that should only be done the way everyone is used to. No nuts or fruit in the dressing. No raw cranberry frozen yogurt tarts in lieu of canned cran. And that cran (as Foodfuser directed) should not be mucked with, but merely pushed out of the can - ring marks intact. Ah... that is what memories are made of - Not mashed cauliflower with Molly McButter spray and nosalt (sorry diet sis). Thanksgiving is a one day diet free of innovation (unless you call fried turkey innovation) or diet food (leave the rice disks and neufchatel with herbs at home!)

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                                                                                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                        Mashed cauliflower is delicious... just NOT on Thanksgiving.

                                                                                        This whole post is delightful. I couldn't agree more! :)

                                                                                        1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                          It's a day made for stuffin' not just the Bird's cavity,
                                                                                          but also for crammin' the crannies of ours.

                                                                                          Carpe not just the Diem.
                                                                                          Eat up the Day.

                                                                                          On feast day we're assuming the caloried free-for all
                                                                                          of "Carpe Consumem".

                                                                                        2. I like Stovetop Stuffing . . .

                                                                                          ::runs away::

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                                                                                          1. re: Eat.Choui

                                                                                            Actually I've been known to buy the odd box of the stuff myself.

                                                                                            *runs after Eat.Choui*

                                                                                            1. re: Eat.Choui

                                                                                              I love Stovetop and prefer it to my Mom's home-made.

                                                                                              1. re: Eat.Choui

                                                                                                my DH grew up on stovetop and still loves it. he sprinkles it in his chicken noodle soup!

                                                                                                1. Real pumpkin pie comes from the Libby's can. Many years ago, a TV wife told her husband after trying every pumpkin pie recipe she could get her hands on, she was giving up. At dinner he said, "You found my Grandma's secret recipe!" Yup, she used the can of pie mix.

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                                                                                                  1. re: calliope_nh

                                                                                                    I HAVE to have the jellied cranberry sauce. And I always use the Pillsbury pie crusts. No one in my family cares enough about the real for me to bother. Oh, and I agree. Real pumpkins come from cans. (My father always wants those cheap "Brown and Serve rolls." Its kinda funny. I think they're like giant croutons without the delicious crouton flavor.

                                                                                                    1. re: anreader

                                                                                                      Ah yes! Brown & Serve rolls! Those were the bomb! As well as crescent rolls that someone else mentioned.

                                                                                                    2. re: calliope_nh

                                                                                                      Reminds me of my sister-in-law....10 years ago she said to never ever bring a Costco pumpkin pie into her house.
                                                                                                      Since then there's been a falling out and we don't spend Thanksgiving with her, but my mother-in-law says she brings the Costco pumpkin pie all the time.

                                                                                                      1. re: monku

                                                                                                        Dare I even say it?

                                                                                                        I like fruitcake.

                                                                                                        The overly sweet ones with the candied fruits in colors that nature never intended. The ones that come shrink wrapped in plastic, then sold in boxes or cans. The ones that other people give away. I love those.

                                                                                                        1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                          I like frruit cakes too.
                                                                                                          The best one I've ever had is from Harry & David.

                                                                                                        2. re: monku

                                                                                                          My favorite aunt Ginny had the pumpkin pie recipe that all her sisters used, and it was truly wonderful. But fast forward twenty or thirty years, and damn if costco's pumpkin pie isn't a dead ringer for it. The crust isn't as good as aunt Gin's, but the filling is, and no work- just buy it and revel in the glory.
                                                                                                          I decided to commit to buying a pumpkin pie every time I went to Costco until they quit carrying it. I will have it for dinner if necessary.

                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                            Maybe your Aunt Ginny sold Costco the recipe?
                                                                                                            I hate pumpkin pie, but everyone I know that's eaten it says its good.
                                                                                                            I almost wished I liked pumpkin pie because for $6.99 it seems like a bargain.

                                                                                                            1. re: monku

                                                                                                              Well, probably not, but I wish she had because then I'd still have some connection to her!
                                                                                                              I kinda wish you liked it, too, monku. Kinda like how the In-n-Out worshippers wish I liked their sh_tty burgers.

                                                                                                      2. I love the jellied cranberry sauce! no whole berries for me thankyouverymuch! lol. i've loved it since i was a teeny girl, and always will. (so there.)

                                                                                                        Oh, and crescent rolls. it just isn't a holiday dinner without them!

                                                                                                        1. For the pre-dinner snacking, I can't get enough of the spinach and water chestnut dip (made with Mrs. Grasses Vegetable Soup Mix) served in a bread bowl.

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                                                                                                          1. re: maxie

                                                                                                            That's everday, not just thanksgiving, Credit a whole section of my closet with my "fat pants" to that damned dip.

                                                                                                            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                                                                                              It's practically a health food -- it covers five basic needs. It has your veggies, your dairy,and your (highly refined) grains. And of course your fat and salt groups. what else do you need?

                                                                                                          2. Stove Top Stuffing. I have never had a homemade one that I preferred to Stove Top. I am gross, I know.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Jelly71

                                                                                                              I'm in the same camp there. I specifically ask for it when Mom cooks a holiday dinner, and am really disappointed if someone does homemade or some other brand. Yep, weird here too!

                                                                                                            2. Not only do I love the canned cranberry sauce (Jellied, not chunky) but I love seeing it in the serving dish like it just slithered out of the can with the ribs of the can still evident.
                                                                                                              Last year I went to Thanksgiving dinner at the relatives home and they mashed it up in the serving plate. Almost ruined it for me.

                                                                                                              1. Heh. I mentioned loving the canned cranberry sauce (has to maintain can-shape! has to make shhhlllp noise coming out of the can!) in another thread and was bombarded with unsolicited recipes for homemade cranberry sauce. I was like, No thanks - I like the can. Then more bombardment and assurances of how easy their recipes are, how you can make them ahead, etc. etc. etc.

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                                                                                                                1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                  Yes!!!! Give me the can!! I want the shhhllp! I want the ribs!!

                                                                                                                2. I have always loved the cranberry sauce out of a can, too. I hate most of the others because I don't like the texture of all the orange peel and whatever else is in there. I am sure the canned stuff is GMO though so I'll probably be staying away from it along with canned pie filling. (I liked the cherry filling though.)

                                                                                                                  For New Years my mom would put out Ruffles & cream cheese & onion dip. It was so good! And I loved my grandma's "Under the Sea Salad" made with green jello & pears cut into squares...

                                                                                                                  1. I like the canned, but the jellied stuff most of all. Don't eat it often because of all the sugar - and I'm way too snobby to put it on my Thanksgiving table, but I like it!