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What's your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?

Which part(s) of your Thanksgiving meal do you look forward to the most? (aside from friends/family/togetherness, blah, blah, blah...this is a food board after all!) I love, love, love turkey gravy. The real stuff, made with homemade stock and drippings. I could probably even do without the turkey as long as there was gravy, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

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  1. Football and a nice nap.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Me too. This is the Food Geeks' High Holy Day. Weeks of planning, prepping, contemplating, etc. have become as much fun as the eating. Even the Gibson I made myself while the birds rested was more enjoyable tinted by the final moments of expectation.

        1. re: MGZ

          In my family, it ties with Christmas. My mom and I start talking Christmas dinner in October. This year, we're either doing beef tenderloin with a mustard crust or leg of lamb with garlic, red wine and rosemary marinade.

      2. Leftovers....
        Thanksgiving sandwich
        Hot turkey sandwiches
        Turkey congee
        Pan fried stuffing and gravy

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        1. re: monku

          . . . Tetrazzini, pot pie, turkey noodle soup, potato pancakes.

          Pie for breakfast.

          1. re: onceadaylily

            Mmmm, potato pancakes. Sometimes I make extra mashed just to ensure I have enough for the potato pancakes the next day. With onions and scallions. And lots of butter (a health food, of course ;)

        2. The family stuffing - bread, sage, onion and oysters are the basics, Very moist. Just magic for me.

          1. Stuffing. and I didn't even make it this year! my mom's standard was bread, onions, ground pork, celery, raisins, and almonds. when i started cooking thxgiving dinners, i added rice pilaf, and started playing with herbs, spices, other add-ins. one year it was cubed beets. another year, brussel sprouts.

            Next would be the mashed potatoes, and I've made dozens of varieties over the years. tonight's (had our thxgiving dinner a night early) was an Epicurious recipe of potatoes, fennel, creme fraiche, and a rosemary butter. i added in turnips. I think the fave, tho, is garlic mashed potatoes with goat cheese.