Favorite must have for holiday meals?

United States
November 22, 2009 9:39am CST
In our house my hubby's must haves are homemade mashed potatoes. But now he's also insisting on 7 layer salad this year wich isn't hard to make, but a PITA to buy because some of the items are out of season so they cost more this time of year. And of course the main course is usually a turkey or a ham. I offered this year to make green bean caserole even if I don't like it but he decided he wanted the 7 layer salad *sigh* sadly the green bean caserole would be cheaper to make. We usually go crazy but since it's just 7 of us.... we end up with tons of left overs because his parents eat like birds. So we have tons of left overs typically that we live off of til they are gone.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
22 Nov 09
The seven layer salad sounds interesting. How do you make it? I would love to know.I have never made a green bean casserole in my life either! Think: I really must do more things! It all sounds so good an have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together with your family.
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• United States
22 Nov 09
Here's a link to a few versions for you to try if you'd like http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=seven+layer+salad&SearchIn=All this is the kind I usually make http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Seven-Layer-Salad/Detail.aspx but I never serve it in a bowl like that I know it's for apperance sakes BUT if it's the only thing I'd use it for it's not worth storing it IMO. SO I just put it in a sizeable mixing bowl. Also I've added an extra layer or two depending on what other veggies I had in the house as well... usually it would be something like green pepper or shredded carrots. I've never made the green bean caserole myself like I said I was willing to try it again. But here's the recipie most people say is the best way to go with it... http://www.campbellkitchen.com/RecipeDetail.aspx?recipeId=27303 Happy cooking to you my dear Cynthia! I hope the get togeather will be good. Hard to say as MIL is still pretty sick from her last Chemo. I hope if she can make it, it would be a good day to see her & make it w/o getting ill during her visit. Her getting ill during the visit worries me... cleaning up my own kids or my own is one thing but someone elses BM ect NOOOOOOOO thanks!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
23 Nov 09
Oh dear! I will pray that she is okay too. Thak you so much for these sites. I am going to check them out right now. Blessings
• United States
23 Nov 09
Me too! The salad doesn't look like anything special but if you leave it in the fridge say for a few hrs or overnight somehow it just tastes better that way. The recipie I think said 30 min and it's ok but not as good.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
22 Nov 09
For Thanksgiving we do Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. We do the same thing at Christmas only traditionally we have ham instead of turkey, though last year I was in the mood for more turkey so we skipped the ham.
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• United States
22 Nov 09
I hear you! I think we go with witch ever is cheaper at Christmas for the meat. I prefer another turkey myself. Who doesn't love turkey left overs?
• Philippines
22 Nov 09
for holidays... we love pasta... different kind of pastas... pesto, carbonara, fettucine... but i love tuna alpesto... =)
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• United States
22 Nov 09
We don't eat pasta around the holidays. But I have made a stuffed shell as an appetizer & most love it.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
22 Nov 09
When my family was still intact, my kids loved my cinnamon pudding and my husband had to have the green bean casserole. Trouble was, I had to hide the fried onions or he'd eat them all! He was terrible about picking at food I was making--but, so was I! When I was growing up my favorite was lime jello with grated carrot, chopped walnuts and cottage cheese. Yummy, yummy!!!
• United States
22 Nov 09
Lime jello? Hmmm... I don't know that I've tried that flavor. I'm usually partial to any jello that's red :) Though I don't know what flavor it was but my grandma used to make jello w/ grapes in it that I loved to eat when I was a kid. Never heard of cinnamon pudding. Is it just cinnamon in vanilla pudding? I dunno I offered to do the green bean caserole... as I hated it as a kid but I haven't tried it since I was small. So ya figure your tastes change somewhat as you get older so why not try it again? So your X ate them like potato chips or something? I bet he loved funions too.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Cinnamon pudding is a rich batter that you pour special syrup and walnuts over. It's absolutely so sinful and rich that two spoonfuls will satisfy even the worst sweet tooth! My ex hated Funyons. Said they were full of preservatives and stuff. I think the problem was that they weren't like real onions, he loved those and still does. Try the jello, it's so scrumptious! Drain the cottage cheese first.
• United States
23 Nov 09
2 spoonfuls you say? Only 2 spoonfuls? I have a sweet tooth from hell, I got from my mom. But if it's too too much I can stop.... sometimes *LOL*
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
22 Nov 09
We are cutting back on some of the must haves this year not the turkey. It seems silly to have so many left over of the sides. We are cutting out the sweet potatoes and having regular mashed potatoes with turkey gravy. Cutting out the scalloped corn and having just the green bean casserole (a must have). There will also be Mac and cheese as it is my granddaughter's boyfriends favorite. No hot bread either. And for desert some peanutbutter cookies. I may try to have a salad to go with the late left overs.
• United States
23 Nov 09
I hear ya! We are cutting back on the sides too. Especially since the in-laws don't eat much... or atleast when anyone is looking. But mainly on the extra sides that don't do well in the fridge for more than a day or two or can't be frozen for later really. Oh and plus lack of money too!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Every thanksgiving everyone always eats too much and then is too miserable to move so we decided we didn't want to do that this year and as you said the money too.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
23 Nov 09
We have to have at least ham or turkey and sometimes both with mashed potatoes, corn for vegetables and stuffing if we have turkey and of course dinner rolls. We have apple, pumpkin, and cherry pies for dessert with whip cream. There is usually at least 6 of us and sometimes there are 10 or us just depends if everyone can come for the holidays.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
23 Nov 09
This Holiday I think my mother going to make fruit salad and she never fails to make it during Christmas and New Year. We love it especially the coconut fruit salad. Turkey here is not that popular we only have ham and cheese here.
• United States
24 Nov 09
um..real biscuits. i don't make those,there's an uproar. my bro like mince meat pies.. i think they're nasty myself,but i'll make him one since he's so fond of it..
• United States
23 Nov 09
We always have the ham and turkey. We also like for my grandmother to make deviled eggs. Everybody wants me to make pineapple casserole. And we always have mashed potatoes.
• United States
23 Nov 09
I like prime rib crown roast as the main course. Never really cared for turkey or ham. But, like a good little girl, I eat them because we are usually invited elsewhere for the holidays. I'm having Thanksgiving at our house this year, but my daughter-in-law has already picked up the turkey, so gobble, gobble, gobble! Aside from that corn pudding and sweet potatoes are veggie favs. And I love brussel sprouts when they are cooked without mushing the centers.
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
23 Nov 09
For holiday's everyone in my family has their favorite dish. I like my pork and saurkraut. It's the best thing I can make to eat. I love it. Oh yeah and my husband's turkey. Oh my God! It's so good. I sound like a kid there but it's just that good. My husband likes my ham. I use orange juice, brown sugar, and honey. Give it time to soak and bake it in the ham it comes out terrific. At least that's what my husband and daughter say because I don't eat ham. My daughter likes the sweet potatos and turtle pumpikin pie we make. These dishes we make together as a family. My husband mixes while I add ingrediants and my daughter has the most important job. She is our taste tester. My daughter's fiance wil have his first holiday's with us this year so when we find out his favorite dish we'll let you know.
@Jensie (120)
• China
23 Nov 09
We dn't say what have to be our must haves for holiday meals specificly. But we have chicken, shrimp, and fish almost for every big day, which are supposed to be indispensable dishes of a bid meal in our country.
@gina2008 (248)
23 Nov 09
My favorite dish is sweet potatoes. I love when they are combined with marshmallow! It makes my stomach growl thinking about it.
@stephon8 (300)
• Philippines
23 Nov 09
Holiday meal must have for me is salad, pasta, cheese and roasted pig. I also like ham, steak and alot more. This is the season to take aside diet programs and such. Eat, Eat, Eat!!! no reason to be guilty blame it on the holidays. Oh i forgot the fruit cake, Yum! and also the sweets. It is no doubt the best time of the year, food is flowing, money is flowing and love is flowing. I will start to loose some weight now in preparation for the holidays, im sure i will gain that back maybe double.
@loricz (15)
• Philippines
23 Nov 09
For me, when you say holidays, its Christmas till New Year. So within those days, our home must have my fave foods which includes Ham, chicken macaroni, spaghetti and cookie monster. The holidays feels so incomplete without these foods. And not to forget the slice bread.
• United States
23 Nov 09
Family and friends are the most important must haves. Would rather have a sandwich and family, than an expensive feast and no one to share it with.
• United States
22 Nov 09
Well I like pies and I hope there is alot of them I like pumpkin pie apple pie cherry pie And the green bean caserole you mentioned i also like that as well and I like the dressing and mashed potatoes too.Yummy can't wait and Happy Holidays to you!!!
@ElicBxn (60805)
• United States
22 Nov 09
make a list of the ingredients of both and list their prices and ask him which one he wants to SHOP for - and make him do the shopping