Thanksgiving menus are being planned, emails and phone calls this week are filled with discussions about “What should be on the Thanksgiving table?” and “Who’s bringing what?”. Our family loves to eat and Thanksgiving is our chance to make a lot of tasty dishes. There are times in life that the saying “less is more” is an appropriate principle, however, the philosophy of Thanksgiving Dinner with my family, is that “more is more”. We are thankful that we have a full house coming to the Dinner this year, so that we can justify having multiple starches and salads and a couple of meats and a buffet filled with desserts!
Dave suggested that I post this recipe, to pitch it for your consideration as you are planning your Thanksgiving meal. These are certainly special occasion potatoes (since the main ingredients, other than potatoes, are lots of cheese and heavy cream). We have been making them for Easter dinner for the past few years, but today I share them with you in case you want to make them for your Thanksgiving meal.
These Cheesy Potatoes have just a few ingredients and are simple to layer and put together.
You can slice the potatoes ahead of time and keep them in water until the time of assembly.
You can choose which cheese you want to use, though we have stuck with Havarti because the flavor is so amazing and it melts so nicely.
|Slice thinly with a good knife|
|Or slice with a food processor|
|layer potatoes, cheese & dry ingredients|
|bake until golden and bubbly|
|Photos do not do this justice…I wish this was a
“scratch and taste” blog!
However, If you already have plans for the potato dish at your table, or if you think that dressing and rolls and sweet potatoes are enough starches for the menu, then you might want to consider one of these favorites:
This cranberry salad is delicious and holiday-worthy. I have been craving it for weeks now! It’s sweet and tart and chock full of yumminess. It is a perennial favorite!
[Since my post about this salad last fall, I learned the history of this dish in our family. In 1964, my parents were celebrating their first Thanksgiving as a married couple and were living in Texas, 750 miles from home. My mom was excited to make her first Thanksgiving feast and was determined to do it right. She invited a couple, the Smiths, friends of the family, who didn’t have plans for the holiday, to join them for the meal.
|This is a copy of mom’s recipe,
which she wrote while Mrs. Smith
dictated it over the phone!
Mom committed to make her first turkey and asked Mrs. Smith, a more seasoned cook, to share a good cranberry recipe that Mom might fix. This was the recipe she gave her. And 47 years later, with just a little tweaking over time, it has remained a favorite at our family table.]
And this sweet potato apple scallop is simple and lovely and very verstile.
And in the midst of it all, let us not forget to be thankful. We have a day set aside for Thankfulness! Let’s Seize this Day of Gratitude. And though busyness, and football, and cooking, and cleaning (and sometimes complex family dynamics) may dominate this day, hopefully we can practice and pursue gratitude.
At our house we have gathered the branches from the yard and set up our Thankful Tree as a focal point for our thankfulness this week. What are you doing to pursue gratitude? There are so many simple things you can do. Start a list on the fridge of things for which you are thankful and add to it when the thought strikes you, make a thankful tree, write notes of gratitude to people in your life, spend some time in prayers of thanksgiving…and give thanks as you enjoy a tasty feast!