Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What's your favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving?

I'm a "sides" person: sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, green beans and stuffing. Lord have mercy, I love stufing. I really don't give a shit about the actual turkey. (Umm, is it a coincidence that it is probably one the healthiest things you could eat on Thanksgiving?) This year though, I have made a vow to load up on salad and veggies, and just have small portions of everything else. We'll see how that turns out!

I spent last Thanksgiving with my boyfriend's friends--Brits who don't actually celebrate the holiday, but get just as excited about it as I do. (Well, almost). Look at this nice spread--pretty impressive, right?!

I made the corn pudding and sweet potato casserole--both were a big hit. The sweet potatoes are my favorite, so I decided to share my Aunt Elaine's recipe with you--it is SO.GOOD. If anyone wants the corn pudding one as well, let me know!

-6 c. mashed sweet potato (2 lg. cans yams- drain liquid very well)
-1 1/2 - 2 c. granulated sugar
-1 tsp. salt
-1 stick butter, melted
-2/3 c. 2% milk
-2 tsp.vanilla

-3 c. light brown sugar
-3 c. chopped pecans
-1 c. flour
-2 sticks butter, melted

Beat eggs some then add sugar. Add remaining ingredients. (You can do this ahead and refrigerate if you want.) Then bring to room temp. For the topping, toss pecans with br. sugar, flour and butter. Sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture. Bake @ 350 for 35 min. The pan or glass casserole dish should be 12x8 or even a 9x13.

As you can see, we don't skimp on the butter or sugar in our family! That's some Paula Dean shit right there, y'all. It's sooo yummy though--worth every single calorie!

Tell me: What's your favorite food at Thanksgiving? And what are you cooking up in your kitchen?


  1. kibbi and tabouli -- my dad's fam is lebanese so it's the one time of the year we get to grub on mom's slightly americanized versions of the traditional dishes. i can't wait!!

    happy thanksgiving to all

  2. I'm making my mom's corn pudding to take to my boyfriend's family's house...those Yanks have no idea what they're in for!

  3. Ohh cool, Flip! I am just going to go ahead and admit that I don't know what kibbi and tabouli is. Is kibbi a type of meat?

    Mmmm...corn pudding!

  4. I'm all for the mashed potatoes! A classic! My mama makes them the best. Happy Thanksgiving ALL!!

  5. I love oyster dressing. I miss my grandma's, she made the best. I also love regular cornbread dressing and sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top! I'm with you, turkey is o.k. and everything, but I'm all about the sides.

  6. Stuffing...all the way. Cornbread and sausage. The turkey is a merely a vehicle for making it full of savory deliciousness. But like you, Ellen, I am going to try to stick to the healthier stuff and go low key on the carbo-loaded goodness.
    OH, and tell your friend Arielle that quinoa is now my new favorite! Maybe when I have my own Thanksgiving, I can make a quinoa dish...

  7. I LOVE green bean cassarole and cold turkey sammies the day after with stuffing. Mmmmmmm

  8. oh boy do I love that stuffing..

  9. Sweet potatoes! My mom makes one similar to the one you made and it is to die for! Love it!