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Thread: Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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    Junior Member lynn7448's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Won't be long and I will be holding Thanksgiving dinner at my house (I know I am pushing the season). Had ham last year and really do not want to prepare turkey, as that opens up another agenda.
    Any other ideas for this holiday dinner? I am open to any suggestions you throw my way. There was a Chicken Ricotta recipe here that sounded pretty good and also possibly Chicken Cordon Bleu. But, are they a holiday dish? Seafood?
    Help!!! Thanks, Lynn

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    Super Member gmaybee's Avatar
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    Lower Michigan
    The pilgrims probably had seafood, and venison. LOL Was it ever recorded what they had at the original thanksgiving dinner?

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    Prime rib couldn't be simpler--expensive though. If you want to do one, just salt it with garlic salt. That's all I do. Roast at 350F to desired doneness. It takes 25-30 minutes per pound. Many people do all sorts of fancy stuff to theirs, but my family likes my way.

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    Super Member mjsylvstr's Avatar
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    One year I was having a large group and I decided on chicken breasts.

    I made homemade stuffing .. after I flattened the breasts slightly, I put a good sized scoop of stuffing and rolled the breast around them.

    I laid them in a large rectangular pan, sprayed them with a baster and roasted them. They did not take too long to cook and I prepared them a little earlier.
    (not too early due to the stuffing)

    Take them out, put them on a large platter, and use crabapples and parsley for decoration in between the rolls.

    Looks pretty and are very easy to serve.....and does have that holiday aroma throughout the kitchen.

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    Super Member patski's Avatar
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    I've done prime rib and it was easy and a big hit but if thats' too pricy how about a nice big roast! So many don't have "good old fashioned" meals any more. My son visits and he always asks for meat loaf! He live in NYC and that is one meal that is not found!

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    Senior Member Honeynga's Avatar
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    My thoughts are that the holidays are for family and get togethers....."traditional" food doesn't have to be served...just make what you prefer and enjoy the season. Each year for Christmas we have a family "traditional" seafood gumbo. Different members of the family prepare it each year, always awesome. Original recipe was from a long ago relative that actually lived on a boat in the bayou in Louisiana......recipe has probably evolved considerably since then, but it makes for a good story !

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    Senior Member Catherine Marie's Avatar
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    Love the little fella/gal in your avatar

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    Super Member dhanke's Avatar
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    I always fondly remember the Thanksgiving when I was about 9 years old and Grandma decided that she just didn't want to cook that year. We all went out (that was quite a treat in itself!) to an Italian restaurant for lasagna. While I've never had lasagna for Thanksgiving (my DH is waaaay too traditional for that) I have often served it on Christmas.

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    Super Member Rann's Avatar
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    Valdosta GA
    I had a fish fry one year and they didn't ask me to plan it again. I thought it was great myself.

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    Junior Member g-maquilts's Avatar
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    Wentzville, MO
    We like brisket, you can make it ahead of time and just reheat when ready to serve.

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