Let's Cook Thanksgiving Dinner!!!!

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    Okay, was in a discussion with a friend just now who is looking for a dynamite side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

    I myself want some really gorgeous beautiful fruit side dish suitable for a crowd.

    Who can help us out?

    Currently my menu is:

    Roast Turkey
    Dressing
    Green Bean Casserole
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Corn Casserole

    Assorted pies

    (I'm feeding a crowd)
     
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    I'm cooking 2 Turkeys, mashed potatoes, scalloped patatoes, collard greens, black eyed peas, yams and home made macaroni and cheese, might add other stuff also.
     
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    Yum. We do the black eyed peas for New Years though. Old Southern tradition that you have a day of good luck for every black eyed pea you eat. :)

    The collard greens, properly seasoned, are a particular favorite of ours too.

    But I still need that dynamite fruit side dish folks. Somebody come up with something.
     
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    I'm feeding a side dish and rolls and pies to a dinner for four, plus give-aways and leftovers. My friend is doing the turkey so I would kinda like to splurge a bit on my contribution, plus the pumpkin out front is still firm, so I'd like to make a pie from scratch.

    BTW, this sounds heavenly.....

    Cooks.com - Recipe - Deep Dish Cranberry Apple Raisin Pie

    Foxfyre...I am a rabid cranberries fan, but I dun see why we treat them as a garnish. There have to be great fresh/steamed cranberry recipes. I cannot suggest a fruit dish for ya unless you tell me more...you doing apples and pears? Citrus? Exotics?
     
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    That pie does looks scrumptious but doesn't look like it would wait well which for our schedule it would have to do.

    Since all the casserole sides are on the heavy side, I'm thinking something lighter for a fruit salad--maybe gelatin or just fresh fruit, but would like something a little special and gorgeous. I do a good cranberry relish but it is a garnish and not really a side.
     
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    If you budget will allow, try a dish of the exotics. Star fruit and kiwis both last quite well without a citrus drizzle like apples need; pomegrantes are fun and most people have never eaten one fresh; mangoes are not my thing but many people love them. You could buy a foam form, insert toothpicks in the slices and make a "tree" or whatnot, if you really wanna get carried away. I bet you could do the slices the night before, if you can refrigerate the tree; if not, surely the morning of for an afternoon meal.

    And a chocolate fondue to dip them in might be fun as well!
     
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    2 deep fried turkey
    deep fried Standing rib roast
    King crab legs
    Salad
    Anything else, herself will have to provide.
    I dont do sides anymore.
     
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    What is your corn casserole recipe?
     
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    You gotta have sides Mr. F. :)

    And wow Maddie, you're WAY more ambitious with the fruit than I think I'll have time to be. But keep thinking. . . . .

    Here's a great sweet potato side that is showy and tasty:

    Sweet Potato CasseroleServes 6-8

    Ingredients:
    5 medium sweet potatoes (about 3 lbs) scrubbed clean, peels left on
    1 tbs butter (plus whatever is needed to grease casserole dish)
    1/4 cup light cream
    1/2 tbs salt
    1/2 cup or so of brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
    about 1 cup mini marshmallows
    about 1 cup pecans - I like my pecans slightly toasted for this

    Directions:
    1. Boil sweet potatoes in the skin in water in large pot over high heat until fork tender about 20 minutes. Peel immediately.

    2. Set oven to broil.

    3. In large bowl, use potato ricer, fork, or potato masher to mash the potatoes while still hot. Add 1 tbs butter, the salt, brown sugar, and all of the cream and mix to combine.

    4. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with butter.

    5. Add the mashed sweet potato mixture. Place the marshmallows and pecans on to the mixture in a fun pattern

    4. Broil for 2 minutes or until the marshmallows are brown and gooey. Enjoy!

    One idea for design:

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    Actually I rarely eat any meat. I would rather just have the sides!
     

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