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Would love some ideas for a vegetable for Thanksgiving dinner.  I always seem to revert back to corn and can't seem to come up with something creative.
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Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 12:12 PM EST
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Would love some ideas for a vegetable for Thanksgiving dinner.  I always seem to revert back to corn and can't seem to come up with something creative.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 2:37 PM EST
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GRANA  here; Hi BARBARA  W;   We like;
/> butter cup squash puree, needs no butter or sugar; naturally sweet & flavorful;[make ahead OK]
/>acorn squash half filled w/ tiny green peas&pearl onion in butter;
  />French cut green beans in butter w/ toasted  almond peces;
candied baby carrots are nicetoo, especially for kidsTongue out[make ahead OK]
In this area( northeast) brussels sprouts are popular.
These are simple basic side dishes that hopefully you'll not needa recipe for;
also sweet potato casserole
  made w/ crushed pineapple,brown sugartopped w/ marsmallows[ make ahead OK]
.Each area f the country hasit's own traditional dishes forThanksgiving; you'll probably get many more ideas?
In Response to www.verybestbaking.com/community/forums.aspx/baking-forums_holidays-entertaining_thanksgiving-vegetable?plckFindPostKey=Cat:3473a929-a609-4b85-8818-bf915c7505deForum:e59fe383-2a9e-4e99-9d95-b12fa9c358d5Discussion:03f2748c-388d-4b72-85dc-44e51eca71e4Post:4bb502f4-7d39-4f64-985c-9b9bc76b541f">Thanksgiving Vegetable:
Would love some ideas for a vegetable for Thanksgiving dinner.  I always seem to revert back to corn and can't seem to come up with something creative.
Posted by Barbara W

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 2:46 PM EST
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My family always wants the traditional Green Bean Casserole with french fried onion rings on top.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 3:02 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable:
GRANA  here; Hi BARBARA  W ;   We like; /> butter cup squash puree, needs no butter or sugar; naturally sweet & flavorful;[make ahead OK]   />acorn squash half filled w/ tiny green peas&pearl onion in butter;   />French cut green beans in butter w/ toasted  almond peces; candied baby carrots are nicetoo,make ahead OK] especially for kids [In this area( northeast) brussels sprouts are popular. These are simple basic side dishes that hopefully you'll not needa recipe for; />also sweet potato casserole   made w/ crushed pineapple &brown sugar topped w/ marsmallows[ makeahead OK] .Each area f the country hasit's own traditional dishes forThanksgiving; you'll probably get many more ideas? In Response to www.verybestbaking.com/community/forums.aspx/baking-forums_holidays-entertaining_thanksgiving-vegetable?plckFindPostKey=Cat:3473a929-a609-4b85-8818-bf915c7505deForum:e59fe383-2a9e-4e99-9d95-b12fa9c358d5Discussion:03f2748c-388d-4b72-85dc-44e51eca71e4Post:4bb502f4-7d39-4f64-985c-9b9bc76b541f " /> Thanksgiving Vegetable :
Posted by ann h


Those suggestions sound yummy.
In addition be sure to offer salads: waldorf, mixed greens with chopped fruits, cole slaw always works, other greens combos. 
Of course cranberries in some form.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 3:04 PM EST
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I think the only vegetables allowed are corn and green beans plus some
carrots in your pineapple orange jello.

Barbara - welcome to VBB.  Ann has given some great ideas -- she always does!!
Amd more will come.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 3:05 PM EST
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And cole slaw ..... it's not Thanksgiving without cole slaw!!

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 3:14 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable:
And cole slaw ..... it's not Thanksgiving without cole slaw!!
Posted by Nancy G


Okay, ye who pushes for the cole slaw - what's your recipe???

Also, Nancy, I've been trying to send you a PM today, but the 'send message' button isn't working...grrr.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 4:40 PM EST
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Verlee - I checked messages while ago and I had none.  It took me 5 minutes to get in here this time.  I think things might be falling apart again.

My Cole Slaw
Lots of chopped cabbage
A few chopped carrots
That's it.
Dressing is a big glob of MIRACLE WHIP, a big spoonful of sugar, a splash of vinegar and s&p.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 4:43 PM EST
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ORANGE JELLO SALAD

Stir up some orange jello using ice cubes instead of cold water. 
Stir in a small can of crushed pineapple and about that much grated carrot. 
Set in ' fridge.
If it's a really fancy day - maybe some company coming - stir in a finely chopped apple like a red delicious.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 6:09 PM EST
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Nancy, thanks for your recipes.
Very good but just corn beans and cole slaw, and maybe orange jello w/carrots 7 pineapple?  Yummy, but that leaves out some of my family favorites.  No Thanksgiving feast would be complete without a version of waldorf salad.  Nice crisp red apples, celery, raisins (or fresh grapes), pecans, mini marshmallows. Dressed with Miracle Whip. Tasty, crunchy and good for you to boot.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 6:51 PM EST
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Frances, thanks for the reminder about the Waldorf Salad. My favorite granny always served that, and now I'll have to include it!

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 9:24 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable:
Nancy, thanks for your recipes. Very good but just corn beans and cole slaw, and maybe orange jello w/carrots 7 pineapple?  Yummy, but that leaves out some of my family favorites.  No Thanksgiving feast would be complete without a version of waldorf salad.  Nice crisp red apples, celery, raisins (or fresh grapes), pecans, mini marshmallows. Dressed with Miracle Whip. Tasty, crunchy and good for you to boot.
Posted by Frances M


Yes thanks Frances for the reminder, Waldorf salad.My mom used to make that often when I was a kid it's been decades since I've had it.That would be a nice change.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 10:16 PM EST
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This recipe is one of my favorites:

Herbed Veggie Mix-Up

l/2 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 medium carrots, julienned
l/4 cup butter, cubed
l/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Place beans and carrots in a steamer basket, place on a large sauce pan over 1 inch of water.  Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 7 to 10 minutes or until crisp tender.

Meanwhile in a large skillet, melt the butter.  Add the mushrooms and onion, saute until tender.  Stir in the parsley, salt, oregano, pepper,  and basil, beans and carrots. Heat through.  Yield:  5 servings.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 10:33 PM EST
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Waldorf DOES sound good.
I wonder about having BOTH Waldorf and jello salad ????

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 11:28 PM EST
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I make extra carrots, green beans(not the casserole) & corn so I have planned overs to go in the first batch of turkey soup. The only extras are sweet & sour cucumbers, stuffed celery, cottage cheese, cranberry sauce, baked yams & a dessert (beside the pumpkin pie).
It is just a traditional Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, tossed salad, rolls & the above items. Nothing over powering to take away from the TURKEY. 

I have learned over the years that simple good food is better than trying out fancy dishes.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/6/2011 11:55 PM EST
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We like green bean casserole.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/7/2011 1:01 AM EST
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Purple sweet potatoes.

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/7/2011 5:24 AM EST
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My table is a cornucoppia of color...corn, carrots, creamed onions, green beans, cranberry sauce, apple sauce. sausage stuffing, stuffed mushrooms, mashed sweet potatoes and of course good ole turkey!!!

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/7/2011 5:25 AM EST
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IThanx,MARIE F   I've alreay saved your recipe( herbed vegie ix up)fo r aking in the near future; it sounds  really yumy & I believe we'llboth enjoy it. ( we love most veggies in any form & this dish looks really special; easy too.Kiss
in Response to Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable:
This recipe is one of my favorites: Herbed Veggie Mix-Up l/2 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 2 medium carrots, julienned l/4 cup butter, cubed l/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms 1 medium onion, sliced 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/8 teaspoon white pepper Place beans and carrots in a steamer basket, place on a large sauce pan over 1 inch of water.  Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 7 to 10 minutes or until crisp tender. Meanwhile in a large skillet, melt the butter.  Add the mushrooms and onion, saute until tender.  Stir in the parsley, salt, oregano, pepper,  and basil, beans and carrots. Heat through.  Yield:  5 servings.
Posted by Marie F

Re: Thanksgiving Vegetable

posted at 11/7/2011 6:20 AM EST
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when we make thanksgiving dinner we have as the vegetables and they are corn mashed potatoes and greens and salads.
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