We hosted my husband’s family for Thanksgiving yesterday for lunch. We had to do our meal a little early this year because some of the family was going to be out of town this Thursday. Typically we have lunch at my Mom’s house on Thanksgiving, then dinner with my in laws on Thanksgiving evening. It was kind of nice to spread out the meals, this year.
It was also the most stress-free Thanksgiving I have ever hosted. My secret for this year was ordering a Cajun Fried Turkey from Bayou Bluegrass Catering. It not only tasted so good, but also made my morning much easier. I can not recommend their catering services enough. Everything I have ever had from them has been so delicious. I’m looking forward to my turkey sandwich today for lunch with the leftovers!
These three recipes are a few other of the side dishes I made yesterday that turned out yummy! I went the classic, traditional route at my husband’s request. So, if you are still looking for a few Thanksgiving side dishes for Thursday, each of these recipes were so good! Get those stretchy pants ready.
Do you stuff your turkey or are you do you cook your dressing in a pan separately? I always do mine in a pan because I love how it gets a little bit crispy on the top layer. This cornbread dressing has the perfect traditional flavors. I used half of the eggs the recipe calls for (3 instead of 6) and only about 1/2 of the chicken stock (I used 5 cups), but it was still so moist and delicious. My hubs even claimed it was the best dressing he’s ever had!
My family has been making this corn pudding for as long as I can remember. It’s so simple – just mix the 6 ingredients in a bowl and pour it into a 9×13″ baking dish and bake for about an hour. It always comes out perfectly and the kids love it!
This cranberry sauce turned out perfectly. Plus, I was able to make it two days ahead of the meal. Make ahead dishes are a necessity with Thanksgiving meals! For ours, I omitted the celery and pecans (do to a nut allergy). It turned out to be the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
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