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Thanksgiving Day meal and your first bite

letsindulge Nov 13, 2011 04:05 PM

Looking forward to my favorite food holiday and the traditional fare associated with it. That being said I know my first bite of food will be sweet potato, followed by stuffing, mashed potato and gravy, a bite of dark turkey meat, then cranberry sauce. Bliss.....

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    chocolatetartguy Nov 16, 2011 11:21 AM

    A big, fat dripping hunk of turkey skin!

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      lyden Nov 15, 2011 04:24 PM

      Stuffing stuffing stuffing YES! New England bread stuffing with Bell's seasoning, sage sausage, mushrooms, onion and celery, blanketed with turkey gravy. Then a couple of bites of white turkey meat ... and on to our new family tradition, a side dish of chestnuts, bacon and pearl onions (link follows)
      before I move around to the other sides, like butternut squash, mashed potatoes, beautiful tiny haricots verts ... and back again.
      Of course, since I am the cook, I have already nibbled on the crispy skin that stuck to the roasting pan ... before the first plate touched the table.

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        lsmutko Nov 15, 2011 03:49 PM

        The turkey oyster, while still in the kitchen. After my husband's taken the meat off the carcass (which he learned watching Pepin) and is preparing his platter, my dad grabs the carcass and digs out the oysters and we split them.

        After that, I probably enjoy the first bite of leftovers the next day more than the actual Thanksgiving meal. After cooking all of it, I'm actually a bit tired of it, since I've been tasting it all day. I guess that's why that first taste of the oyster is so good. The next day, though, the leftovers go in my beloved "garbage bowl" -- stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey in a bowl, all anointed with the gravy. I do that every day until we're out of everything.

        1. Ditdah Nov 15, 2011 12:43 PM

          The cranberry sauce - we have the jellied kind, but made from scratch. My dad and sister have been making it the night before Thanksgiving every year since we were kids, and now her son is going to "help" too (he's 2 1/2, so his helping just means being in the kitchen when they make it, but it'll start him on the tradition.) It's not that it's the best-tasting thing on the plate, but it's just such a family tradition that evokes such fond childhood memories, that's always where I go first.

          Second bite - mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy!

          1. diablo Nov 15, 2011 12:23 PM

            Mashed rutabaga with turkey gravy, followed by mashed potatoes topped with same. Can't wait! My favorite meal of the year!

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              jarona Nov 15, 2011 10:59 AM

              The canned Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry sauce is always my first--and last bite. I love that stuff!

              1. Firegoat Nov 15, 2011 10:36 AM

                First bite is always snatching a snippet off the turkey in the kitchen while it is still being carved or checked.

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                  sherriberry Nov 14, 2011 05:37 PM

                  I like to have a mix of mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey and gravy mixed together on one forkful. My family makes fun of me for my turkey "mountain".

                  1. Will Owen Nov 14, 2011 05:34 PM

                    Used to be turkey, stuffing and gravy. Then I started to cook, and it was just turkey first to make sure it was okay. Now it could be anything, because I've wised up: by the time I get to the table I've tasted everything! OF COURSE, just to make sure …

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                      INDIANRIVERFL Nov 14, 2011 09:13 AM

                      Asparagus with hollandaise. Followed by mushrooms stuffed with either crab or shrimp.

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                        chileheadmike Nov 14, 2011 06:15 AM

                        My Mom's sausage dressing, with garrraavvvyyy.

                        Can't wait.

                        1. ttoommyy Nov 14, 2011 06:09 AM

                          Stuffed artichoke. Picking off the leaf, scraping off the artichoke meat and stuffing with my bottom teeth, the delicious heart after all the leaves have been scraped clean. Heavenly. Been doing this almost all my life. Mmmmmm...........

                          1. alkapal Nov 14, 2011 05:54 AM

                            the cornbread dressing. this is an exception to my usual "first bite" of potato.

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                              escondido123 Nov 13, 2011 09:47 PM

                              Stuffing as long as it's mine. This is the time of year when I try to remind myself I can make that cornbread stuffing any time to stuff a chicken or just bake in the oven moistened with homemade chicken broth and some nice pork chops roasting on top. I will remember that this winter, I will!

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                                calliope_nh Nov 13, 2011 08:59 PM

                                The stuffing with gravy is my first and favorite bite.

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                                  Sooeygun Nov 14, 2011 06:27 AM

                                  Same here. And stuffing with gravy is usually my last bite (of main course).

                                2. iluvcookies Nov 13, 2011 08:04 PM

                                  My first bite is always a bit of the crispy stuffing that sticks out of the bird's cavity. Mmmm...

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                                    gaffk Nov 14, 2011 04:36 PM

                                    That's my second bite (after I've picked a piece of the crispy skin).

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                                      iluvcookies Nov 15, 2011 09:54 AM

                                      It's the perk of being the cook.
                                      I say to my FIL... if you want that part, you spend 2 days shopping for the meal and another 2 days cooking it :)

                                  2. KaimukiMan Nov 13, 2011 07:19 PM

                                    mashed potatoes with melted butter. i have two sections of mashed, one with melted butter, a throwback to younger days, and the main pile with gravy.

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                                      givemecarbs Nov 13, 2011 08:45 PM

                                      Me too KaimukiMan! And I eat plenty of mashed potatoes with butter all year round. That is just where my fork goes first. Then the green beans, maybe with a bit of mashed on my fork as well. I eat the mashed with gravy a bit later because they have a stronger taste. After the green beans, some juicy succulent white meat turkey with no gravy. Then stuffing. Darn! Now I'm hungry.

                                    2. gaffk Nov 13, 2011 05:37 PM

                                      Always pick at the crispy turkey skin while the bird rests. Fortunately, the BIL tolerates my boorish behavior ;)

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                                        meatn3 Nov 14, 2011 06:19 AM

                                        Yep - that is always my first bite unless I'm a guest with non "family".

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                                          laliz Nov 14, 2011 09:11 AM

                                          since I am often the cook, I agree, turkey skin. mmmm.

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                                          Janet Nov 13, 2011 04:54 PM

                                          Usually my first bite is corn pudding. But sometimes it is giblet gravy on dressing.

                                          1. monavano Nov 13, 2011 04:18 PM

                                            It's got to be mashed potatoes with gravy. I really love gravy.

                                            1. Njchicaa Nov 13, 2011 04:07 PM

                                              my first bite is always stuffing/gravy!

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                                                magiesmom Nov 15, 2011 05:00 PM

                                                me too!

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                                                  berkleybabe Nov 16, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                  me, three!

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