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What's on your table tonight for Thansgiving Eve dinner?

Do you have any traditions for Thanksgiving Eve? Just want to eat and get back to preparations for tomorrow? Nibble to clean out the fridge? What are you having for Thanksgiving Eve dinner?

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  1. Dominican basketty and franks, naturalement. ;)

    1. This year traditions go out the window......................
      Traditionally, it was pizza. With family arriving at assorted times and in assorted stages of hunger, an assortment of pizza in the family room worked.

      This year, tonight is the first night of Chanukkah, so we'll be having brisket from the smoker, latkes, applesauce, roasted vegetables, cole slaw, jelly donuts for dessert.

      The locals will all light the menorah at sundown and eat a festive holiday meal. The travelers will find a buffet of the above set up in the sun room to make plates/sanwiches and enjoy at will. I shall be spending the evening from 7:30 on in the kitchen preparing tommorrow's meal.

      1. Since tomorrow I eat, today I fast - so a salad this evening will be it for me! Everone else in my household is on their own.

        1. Staying in to bake pies to take to family gathering tomorrow. Grown daughter in town so we're making sukiyaki, and sake!

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                Stouffer's lasagna, tossed salad, and garlic toast.

            1. My long-standing tradition for Tday eve is scrambled eggs and a salad. My family is quite happy to remind me that Thanksgiving dinner is their favorite meal of the year; I also want my favorite meal at this time, so: scrambled eggs and salad it is! (Y'know, someone on some thread on favorite meals once asked me in jest if I was Frasier Crane with the "tossed salads and scrambled eggs" thing, and that theme song has played in my head Every Damn Time I have eaten that meal since. It's doing so now...here, someone: please have an earworm. You're welcome!) Eggs and salad is simple and quick, and I can fortify myself for the wrestling of the 24 lb bird that is on this evening's entertainment list.

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              1. re: cayjohan

                You're welcome! :-)
                I'd never heard of anyone who actually *ate* that.

                1. re: 512window

                  Was that you, 512w?! :-)

                  Seriously, a good meal. And not a bad earworm. It's become part of our household lexicon. The Hub will traipse through the kitchen singing "Hey baby, I hear the blues a-callin'..." Never a hard sell with me.

                  Our scrambled eggs tonight will have a heft grating of Prästost and of black pepper. Smells like the best mac-n-cheese in the world. Scrambled eggs all over (and into) my face!

              2. Not a tradition but just felt like trying to make these Thai chicken meatballs. My husband doesn't really like meatballs but he is open to trying these spicy chicken ones. And I'm not sure if my son will eat them, so I also took some sweet & sour meatballs (beef) out of the freezer. So 2 kinds of meatballs and roasted potatoes.

                I was going to make latkes for Hanukkah but my sister will have them at Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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                1. re: valerie

                  Homemade chicken soup w/ salad.

                  I love the idea of tossed salad w/ scrambled eggs & I love Frasier too!!!

                  1. re: chloebell

                    This little backstory on the Frasier theme seems to fit nicely with what, it seems, most of us will be dealing with in one form or another on the big turkey holiday.


                    I'm now thinking of having some friends over, post-holidays, just for a "tossed salads and scrambled eggs" party. Post-mortems on the holidays, you know, since we all seem to need it!

                    And a book-ending of scrambled eggs for me, holiday-wise!

                2. We've spent the last week cleaning out the fridge -- consuming what's in it and trying not to generate any new leftovers -- so that is not an option for tonight. We've got a small gathering tomorrow, so tonight's preparations for Thanksgiving will be minimal -- just making the cranberry sauce and the pie crust for the pumpkin pie.

                  Not sure what we are having tonight. I'm leaning towards shrimp-mushroom-broccoli risotto, as it's not like anything we'll be eating tomorrow and will not generate leftovers.

                  1. I'm baking all day today. So dinner will just be lebanon bologna on rye with German mustard and potato chips (which mayfind their way into the sandwich). Washed down with a nice Flying Fish Red Fish ale.

                    Translation: I'm stepping away from the stove and not giving myself one more bowl or utensil to wash.

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                    1. re: gaffk

                      <<Translation: I'm stepping away from the stove and not giving myself one more bowl or utensil to wash.>>

                      Truth! One has to have the calm before the storm!

                    2. Lasagna. It's already made and waiting to go in the oven tonight.

                      It's a family tradition since it's so simple to assemble with no-boil noodles, it improves being made ahead and waiting and it's so different than the turkey we'll be eating for days.

                      It also leaves me free to bake and prep my brains out all night. ;>

                      1. We're still in the "kids coming home from college" stage, so we tend to have something that one of them has requested. With our son, it was usually Spam, creamed corn and rice. For tonight, our daughter has requested ground beef korokke (Japanese-style croquets with ground beef and potato).

                        1. With the kids all grown and gone, we have Thanksgiving with a few other couples who, like us, love to eat good food. One of my dishes to bring is stuffing, so I went ahead and roasted a turkey with stuffing today. DH and I will have a mini Thanksgiving together tonight.
                          The rest of today we will be prepping the other dishes we're taking tomorrow.

                          1. It's Clean Out the Fridge night the night before when we're cooking. Otherwise, anything goes.

                            1. Nixed the tofu plans. Too lazy to cook, even though I haven't been cooking or baking all day. I'm slightly hungover from yesterday's shenanigans and am thus craving beef noodle soup from the local crack I mean Chinese soup dealer :-)

                              We're invited to a turkey day potluck (sans turkey), and I am bringing a salmon terrine I'll make tomorrow. My man has already made his contribution, a no-bake peanut butter pie with chocolate whipped cream and a salted pretzel crust.

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                              1. re: linguafood

                                Wow, that is a seriously delicious sounding dessert. You're in State College, no? I can be there in 2-3 hours ;)

                                1. re: gaffk

                                  Ha! Yes I am. And I wouldn't be surprised if we had leftovers, as the hosts aren't big sweeties (neither are we, really). I love the salted pretzel crust idea, so I'll at least try a miniature slice.

                                  So.... raincheck for Friday? '-)

                                  1. re: linguafood

                                    Wow, that creation wouldn't survive my family's Thanksgiving . . . we are a family of sweet teeth.

                                    I'll see you Friday ;)

                              2. Traditionally it's Chinese take-out or pizza for us, but this year we will feast on stuffed artichokes. We stuff the artichokes with ingredients similar to what one would use in the cavity of their turkey. Results are great (and very satisfying) ... all done in a braise.

                                1. Tonight it is just lentil soup with shallots and okra. Not a tradition. Just fast, easy, filling.

                                  I guess if I had a tradition, it would be dreading Thanksgiving. We used to go to NJ the week before to avoid the horrendous I95 parking lot. Don't have to worry about that anymore, but the family thing is still stress-provoking. Maybe I will start a tradition - bourbon. Lots of it.

                                  No one in my family of three is all that keen on turkey so we are doing salmon. I will serve it on a bed of black lentils and the sides are roasted cauliflower with parsley, tarragon, and lime and braised red cabbage with apples and onions. Dessert is a dried fruit compote that I will serve over lemon Greek frozen yoghurt. Apps are from the store - peeled shrimp and date/tamarind in phyllo.

                                  And then I will miss having had turkey. My husband and I had wanted to try doing a turkey on the Weber but considering the weather tomorrow, I'm glad we decided against that.

                                  1. My family usually does pizza or lasagna. SO's family have a long tradition of fried chicken. Grab a bucket, throw it on the table and eat, bucket and napkins in the trash. No fuss, no plates, just delicious as he likes to say.

                                    1. Supermarket sushi. And I liked it.
                                      Now I have to peel the friggin' chestnuts for tomorrow.

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                                      1. re: Veggo

                                        How many times do I have to tell you... Trader Joe's peeled roasted French chestnuts are perfect for stuffing, dressing, or combining with roasted chestnuts. Now go minced those four heads of garlic and after that you can rough chop those onions, carrots, and celery stalks. Put that in the blue bowl with a cover then we can sit down and have a martini.

                                        1. re: Gio

                                          Gio, I just finished peeling the Italian chestnuts I roasted this afternoon and my thumbs are hurting and just shy of bleeding. I will remember this as my last year of doing my own. I look forward to the TJ version next year.
                                          I need a drink. My oysters are already shucked so the remaining work tomorrow is easy.
                                          Happy T'Day, darlin'!

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            Very Same To You. Buon appetito, caro mio.

                                      2. Venison loin and mushroom sauce over polenta with asparagus, sauted parsnips, and pearl onions. I recently bought the asparagus and parsnips, the rest we had on hand.

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                                        1. re: John E.

                                          John E. You could cook for me any time.....

                                            1. re: John E.

                                              Whatever... Please pass the parsnips! ;-)

                                        2. On our table tonight, Thanksgiving Eve, is Lentil soup and a mixed Salad w tomatoes, Boston lettuce, sliced white onions and homemade Italian dressing. Tomorrow we feast. Abbondanza!

                                          1. Just saw on the news that pizza ordered for Thanksgiving Eve is second only to Super Bowl Sunday!

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                                            1. re: c oliver

                                              Hmm, I thought it was the biggest ordering night, oh wait it's the biggest drinking night of the year.

                                            2. I had some reisling and delivery veggie sushi, edamame and then a small vat of hot tea since the heat went out...

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                                              1. Burgers from homemade Italian sausage that had been in the freezer for almost a year! On toasted English muffins with cheese, grilled onions and avocado.

                                                1. For the first night of Chanukah I had a leg of lamb (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...). I had planned on latkes but I'm having a bad bout of sciatica so standing for that long held no appeal...settled for crash hot potatoes instead and steamed spinach. All in all really delicious!

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                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                    I loooove that recipe. I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well, crash hot potatoes was a perfect plan B, guaranteed tasty.

                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva


                                                      That is a really good Lamb recipe! Crash hot potatoes are so easy and delicious - I thank CH for learning about them.

                                                  2. I had a cheese sandwich in the middle of churning out a dozen pies and pastries for today.

                                                    It was strangely one of the most satisfying things I ate all day.