Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the things we enjoy in life, be it family, good health, prosperity, good friends, and all the little things to appreciate in our lives. Many families have traditional gatherings where they enjoy a feast prepared by family and friends, and certain dishes become traditions in their own right, evoking pleasant memories from childhood family celebrations.
We asked our team to share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes made by their parents or grandparents. Here’s a sampling of what delights team SeniorHomes.com’s taste buds every Thanksgiving. Here's what they had to say. Unless otherwise noted, all images are via AllRecipes.com, and be sure to check out the links for a top-rated recipe for each of these delicious dishes.
"Cranberry Sauce: It is just sugar, water, and fresh cranberries boiled in a pot. But, the warm tangy sweet taste reminds me of my mother at Thanksgiving." Owen, SEM Manager
Stuffing (made by Grandma, of course)
"Grandma's stuffing. Because I grew up vegetarian. it was always the favorite part of the meal for me. Savory and moist, it was laden with onions, butter, celery, mushrooms, a heavy dose of sage and a few eggs egg to bind her homemade dried bread together. I could take or leave the rest of the thanksgiving meal (except for the pumpkin and apple pies), but the pan(s) of stuffing were mine."
Sue, Care Advisor/Production Assistant
"Dad's Twice Baked Potatoes: Baked potatoes scooped out of the skin, bacon, butter, cheese, chives and a mystery concoction of seasoning all mixed together, put back in the skins and cooked a 2nd time in the oven. A dish so incredibly loaded with fat and deliciousness is best enjoyed with loved ones, and has been an integral part of Thanksgiving tradition for me for as long as I can remember."
Stuart, Project Manager
"My favorite Thanksgiving dish as a kid was Oyster stuffing. This is a twist on the typical Thanksgiving stuffing, by adding a load of oysters. Rich and yummy."
Chris Rodde, CEOSweet Potatoes
"My favorite dish is sweet potatoes with marshmallows (aka Yams) - My mother is the best cook in the whole world. She uses sweet potatoes, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, a ton of butter, a touch of lemon and of course marshmallows. I look forward to Thanksgiving every year so I can enjoy yams. It is sweet and delicious!"
Mamie, Care Advisor
"Sweet potatoes - baked and peeled, mixed with orange juice and brown sugar, whipped in a casserole dish topped with marshmallows (toasted) on the top! Yum!!!"
Robin, Senior Account ExecutiveKolaches - Apricot Prune Filling Wrapped in Pastries
"I am going with My Grandmothers 'Kolaches' an apricot prune filling wrapped in pastry....oohhhh so good!"
Darcy, Care Advisor (image provided by Darcy)Bourbon Cranberry Compote
"Bourbon (or Brandy) Cranberry Compote. Cranberries, sugar, apple juice, with bourbon or brandy. All cooked down. Delicious."
Madeline, Care Advisor (image via RealSimple)
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
"Broccoli Cheese Casserole - frozen broccoli, velveeta cheese and white rice. Not only was it delicious on Thanksgiving day, but it was the best leftover as a dip with tortilla chips! My Mom always made an extra batch just for leftovers."Sarah Schnierer, Account Manager
Turkey Stuffing (another Grandma favorite)
"Grandma Rosie's turkey dressing."
Michaela, BookkeeperGarlic Smashed Potatoes
What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Share with us in the comments!