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Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

I know it's going to be hard but name ONE side dish you are most looking forward to this Thanksgiving. For me it would have to be candied yams made by my cousin. She knows exactly how to incorporate the right amount of brown sugar so that I can really enjoy the sweetness factor that I love about this dish without it being overkill. Mmm I wish I had them right now!

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  1. Stuffing. In fact, I would almost not qualify this as a side dish for me because I eat it almost to the exclusion of everything else. LOVE IT.

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    1. re: biondanonima

      oh yes. Stuffing takes up a large portion on my plate as well. In fact, I usually do a plate of just sides and then move onto the other stuff ;)

      1. re: biondanonima

        +1. It's the only time a year I eat stuffing. My sister made a delicious one last year and I'm hoping she makes it again. Love it.

        1. re: biondanonima

          Stuffing for me too! I make my mom's recipe which must have been her mom's recipe, et cetera, going back many generations! :)

          1. re: biondanonima

            When the stuffing is good, it's tied with the mac and cheese, but in the past few years when I attempt grandma's stuffing it's just not the same.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              I adore mac and cheese but it's not something my family ever served at Thanksgiving. At Easter, yes - and not being a fan of ham, I always gorged myself on the cheesy goodness!

            2. re: biondanonima

              Same here. I put more effort and love into my oyster -chestnut stuffing than any other part of the meal. And I make a LOT of it.

              1. re: Veggo

                Oyster-Chestnut stuffing, what a unique twist on this dish!

              2. re: biondanonima

                Yup, definitely the stuffing! Assuming gravy doesn't count. :-) Rolls are a close second.

                1. re: biondanonima

                  The same. To me, dressing is coequal with the turkey.

                  1. re: biondanonima

                    I'm jumping onto the stuffing band wagon. There is just something about the stuffing that makes the whole meal come together.

                    My friend Veggo has me intrigued with the Oyster Chestnut stuffing, never heard of that combination before.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      I roast and peel the chestnuts the night before. Can be a tedious PITA but good flavor, from crumbs to halves. In the morning I poach Willapoint shucked oysters in their liquor and dice them into about 1/4" pieces. I make Pepperidge farm stuffing with chicken stock and butter, combine everything with a generous amount of sage. One year I added fresh huitlacoche which turbocharged it, but it's a full day trip for me to get it. I make enough to stuff the turkey and make a large pan of dressing. Be sure to know who at your table may not want oysters in their stuffing, you could leave them out of the in-the-bird stuffing if you have persnickety eaters and put them only in the tray. I don't jump through flaming hoops to make my own breadcrumbs, these other flavors do the trick.

                  2. Yes,def. the savory stuffing.....

                    1. I have to agree with everyone else so far and say the stuffing. My second favorite would probably be green bean casserole, followed by sweet potato casserole.

                      1. I know I can have it anytime, but cranberry sauce does it for me. Mix with the right amount of turkey and I'm happy.

                        1. The one that I never get anymore, because we always do Thanksgiving with my in-laws. My Mom's mashed potatoes and turkey gravy.