Side dish suggestions for Thanksgiving

Here are a few side dishes that are family approved.  I hope you like them:

Acorn Squash  –  We call Thanksgiving the sugar holiday.  Why not sugar vegetables?

Apple Sharlotka, Apple Strudel, Applesauce Cake – Apple anything is always good.

Banana Bread, Pumpkin Bread – Baking these will make your house smell…..divine.  I don’t get to use the word divine very often.  It sounds so delightful.  I also discovered that Pumpkin Bread is not in my arsenal of recipes over there on the right.  So, here it is.  Pictures later.

Pumpkin Bread

3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

2/3 cup water

1 16 oz. can pumpkin

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup raisins, plumped

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray three 8X3X3 inch disposable aluminum bread pans. In a large bowl mix sugar, oil, eggs, water, and pumpkin. Add dry ingredients and stir to blend well; add the plumped raisins and give a little mix. Pour equal amounts into the three bread pans. Bake about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack about 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Let cool completely before slicing.

How to plump raisins:

Put raisins in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup.  Cover with water and microwave for three minutes.  Drain water.

Gravy – Gravy should be a food group unto itself. It is the elixir that makes all things great. The world would be a better place if there were more gravy.  I digress. This recipe will transfer well to turkey stock.  Just put the stock in the fridge for a while so the fat rises to the top.  Discard the fat and use the stock for the gravy. If you make gravy, you will become a legend. It really is all about the gravy.

Carrots – It’s the sugar holiday, splurge on these carrots. Carrots…….they’re not just for Ranch anymore.

Cranberry Sauce – Oh, it’s good.  It’s REAL good.

Peach Crumble – We love crumble. (It is so easy, you can even use canned apple pie filling and just put the crumble on top.  If you put it in ramekins, everyone will thing you slaved all day.  Homemade, why yes it is!)

This should give you some inspiration.  Leave a comment if you have any questions or if  you just want to say hi.

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