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Old 11-20-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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So I just got the word that I have to bring some kind of side dish or casserole to Grandma's for Thanksgiving. I need some ideas on what to bring.

I don't want to bring one of the standard dishes, because they are already being made by others (green bean casserole, cheesy potatoes, yams, ect.).

Anybody out there have any ideas?

Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:39 PM
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I'm thinking that you may have to worry about stove top or oven space to heat up your contribution. But here are a few: (If you want recipe for any, let me know) (How many people?)
(Posting some filling & some light suggestions. With everything else, maybe you want something on the lighter side, elegant and won't need cooking)
Apple crisp? (some use for dessert, but we serve with meal. It mixes well hot with the turkey & cranberry.)
Glazed parsnips & carrots?
Spinach cassarole?
Sausage stuffed mushrooms?
A simple mixed green salad with a raspberry-beet vinegrette? (Light & refreshing
English Cucumber salad with ginger dressing? (Light & refreshing
Mint-orange salad? (Light & refreshing
East-west Asparagus Salad? (Light & refreshing
Pickled cabbage slaw? (Light & refreshing

I have tons more, but don't know your/your families tastes. Or if you're looking for ethnic type additions to the meal. Or your cooking capabilities.

We need more info.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Not knowing your skill level or your familys traditional side dishes here's a website that may help.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipe Photos - Thanksgiving.Food.com
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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This one is delicious & great, since it is served at room temperature.
NUTTY WILD RICE
Cook 1 cup of wild rice in 5 1/2 cups canned defatted chicken stock or water, according to directions, although check to make sure rice is on the firm side. Drain in colander. Put into bowl.

Add 1 cup shelled pecan halves, 1 cup yellow raisins, grated rind of 1 large orange, 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, 4 thinly sliced scallions, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup fresh orange juice, salt & pepper to taste.

Mix. Let stand 2 hours to let flavors to develop. Serve at room temperature.
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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What about a salad? It might be a nice change from all the heavy fare that Thanksgiving dishes out. Here are some links to salads I have made and get requests for: Beautiful Fall Salad, Apple Walnut Salad (I used olive oil instead of walnut oil). There is also an awesome salad out there that has baby spinach, red onions, dried cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette. There might be bell peppers or nuts in there too.

I would also suggest doing a cranberry dish, if no one is already bringing one. I love cranberries and there are so many amazing recipes out there! I have an easy spiced cranberry relish recipe if you are interested.
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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I love a fresh dish, no carbs, because usually Thanksgiving is carb heavy. I would go with fresh green beans, tossed with butter, add some dried cranberries or almonds. I also love roasted squash, that is yummy, and easy to transport in a crockpot.http://www.yumsugar.com/Roasted-Butt...Recipe-5391601

Last edited by jasper12; 11-20-2010 at 04:09 PM.. Reason: added link
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:26 PM
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All the ones I posted are my T&Ts.
But there's a link here, on CD, with many more suggested sites.
See:
Good website or book for side dish suggestions
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:19 AM
 
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I've made these before, people really love them. For the broccoli casserole, I do substitute cheddar for the blue cheese, and don't add capers to the artichokes. The artichoke dish tastes better the second day. The broccoli casserole is more traditional, and the artichokes not quite as "standard" as you put it:

Artichoke Hearts In Lemon-Parsley Sauce Recipe - Food.com - 299557
Delicious Blue Cheese Broccoli Casserole Recipe - Food.com - 75202
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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I would suggest a simple salad. Mixed greens, crumbled feta chese, pecan halves, sliced red onions, craisins and you have a gorgeous salad. Pick up a raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette at the store and you are set!
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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You could take a cornbread casserole......very easy AND yummy!

1 can (17-ounce) whole corn
1 can (17-ounce) creamed corn
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup melted margarine
1 (8.5-ounce) package Jiffy Corn Muffin mix

Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake in a 300F degree oven for 1 hour 40 minutes.
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