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Looking for southern sides for a thanksgiving dinner, and not fancy junk

henehank Nov 19, 2010 11:29 AM

Hey everybody,

I'm doing thanksgiving dinner and I want to do some sides that are southern, but not the highbrow stuff on the chow menu. What's traditional down here and who's got good recipes?

  1. AreBe Nov 20, 2010 10:56 AM

    I'll be eating a mirliton/seafood casserole very much like this at my sister-in-law's home just north of New Orleans on Thanksgiving.

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      rafeco Nov 19, 2010 12:26 PM

      The past couple of weeks, the greens at the Farmers Market have been fantastic so it seems like they'd be a perfect side for Thanksgiving. I use this recipe, originally from the Mrs Wilkes Boarding House cookbook:


      The results have been incredibly flavorful and delicious with the greens that I've gotten lately.

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      1. re: rafeco
        Sue in Mt P Nov 19, 2010 01:45 PM

        Oh, forgot! Collards.

      2. Sue in Mt P Nov 19, 2010 11:43 AM

        Ambrosia! Good answer!

        We have scalloped oysters and cornbread dressing with sausage.

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        1. re: Sue in Mt P
          henehank Nov 19, 2010 11:47 AM

          Now we're talkin'. I've got my eye on some kind of sausage stuffing, but how do you do the oysters?

          1. re: henehank
            Sue in Mt P Nov 19, 2010 12:03 PM

            I will tell you. It's the way my grandmother Blanche Pickens told me, and mine are never as good as hers! You layer oysters and crushed up saltines in a casserole. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with milk/cream/combo. Put more crushed up saltines on top. Dot with butter and cook til bubbly. I adore this, but I think a lot of it is sentimental! I miss her.

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          Girl Friday Nov 19, 2010 11:31 AM

          Sweet Potato casserole - but with no marshmallows, just brown sugar butter and pecans on top.
          Ambrosia - but with no marshmallows and frilly stuff. we just had it with sectioned oranges, pineapple and coconut.

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          1. re: Girl Friday
            KyMikey Nov 19, 2010 11:52 AM

            I definitely second the sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and pecans on top--we made that last Sunday and it was great--a little went a long way, tho, since we didn't whip air into them or add cream, etc. Ambrosia I can also recommend. Some sort of homemade stuffing with sausage would be a great addition also. There are plenty of variations when it comes to stuffing.Sounds like 3 great suggestions to start with !

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