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I'm curious to know, what's a Texas Thanksgiving like? I'm a Jersey guy and we do the usual, but I've heard some down south have different stuff on the table.
Deep fired turkey
Deep fried whole boneless ham
Mac n cheese
Enough pies and cakes to fill up an 8' table
And there r some other things I'm missing for sure.
I'm a jersey guy and our usual is as follows:
Turkey, stuffing (with apples, cranberries and sausage!), gravy (homemade), biscuits, mashed potatoes(got a great recipe), green beans with almonds, cranberry sauce, roasted corn, broccoli and some apps like celery with cream cheese and green peppers.
Lots of vino and some craft beers as well. Eat at 1pm.
Turkey sandwiches at 5pm.
Btw, we have a GREAT tradition here in Jersey and don't know if the same holds true down there. We play our rival in high school football on thanksgiving eve or in the morning on thanksgiving. EVERYBODY goes back and it's just one big social event, gathering, booze fest, etc... It's the biggest drinking night of the year in Jersey on Thanksgiving Eve.
Also, if you guys like football and ever get a chance, the oldest rivalry in the country in high school is Philispburg,NJ vs. Easton, PA.... It's a classic and has a crowd of 20-30 grand every time out.
You eat dinner
The ladies stack the dishes and head with charge cards in hand to hunt for bargains (this is common in all States)
The men belch and head with shot guns in hand to their hunting camp to hunt for 4 legged deer (they drink good whiskey, smoke good cigars, pine for the days it was safe to travel to Mexico, watch in our case UT and TCU on TV or the recording thereof, eat steak, and may or may not get around to hunting for the deer).
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Rib eye roast, Cornbread dressing, Pecan pie and sweet potatoe pie
Golf with my Dad and then maybe Mexican Food.
Our tradition is:
0900 Annual Family Turkey Trot: a fun walk/run 5K, followed by outdoor fire, cook Italian sausage folded on a piece of bread, fruit, juices and sit around the fire.
1300 Come back for Turkey Dinner with all the fixings around a big table.
Rest of Day: football, fun and fellowship
Have a great Day all and think of how much there is to be thankful about!
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the only real difference is a lot of folks use the Thanksgiving break to do some hunting down here.
the whole mcwast clan (about 30 strong with 4 generations represented) all head out to the family farm for five days of food, football, hunting, playing cards, and doing some good old fashioned manual labor. we have a couple of barrels of homemade wine that we need to bottle, but i'm not sure if we'll get to it.
right now I'm looking at 5 cakes, a dish of lemon bars, and a basket full of homemade klobasneks. we'll have roasted turkey and smoked ham, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, a cheesy asparagus dish that is awesome, green bean casserole, creamed corn with green chiles, made from scratch yeast rolls, homemade gravy and cranberry sauce. I'll be in a tryptophan coma for a few days.
My wife is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV while she empties the dishwasher and starts laying out everything she'll need to do battle with the bird. We'll sit down to eat an early dinner around 5:00 so we can be finished before the 6:30 kickoff of UT/TCU. On the menu - turkey and dressing (whole wheat/cornbread), sweet peas, mashed potatoes & giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, all washed down with Chardonnay.
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well I have a huge family so our thanksgiving dinners result in somewhere around 50-60 people all eat the community center. we have a lot of the traditional food (turkey, ham, dressing) but since we are also mexican we have a lot of mexican foods as well.. i am talking enchiladas, beans, tortillas.. its the best of both worlds and then a huge dessert table of cakes. pies, trifles. then we usually play football, some card games, texas hold'em, dominoes, or whatever to kill time till the cowboys game and of course the longhorn game that night.
When I lived in Dallas, about 10 of us would run the Turkey Trot in Big D early Thursday morning - an 8 mile run thru downtown and Oak Cliff. It was a hoot. Afterwards you were ready for some big time turkey !!
Hey Jersey, the main differences I think in a southern Thanksgiving dinner and youse guys is the dressing. Ours is cornbread based and yours is pretty exotic I believe.
Besides the usual fare: jalapeño's stuffed w/ cheese's, sausage and wrapped w/bacon, rack of lamb, spicy margaritas.
Smoked turkey breast, brisket, ribs, dressing, mashed potatos, gravy, green beans, corn, pies, ice cold beer, lots of foltball, and...the bottle of Patron that will be opened right before kick off of the Horn's game...
Good ol Texas football (period!)
....all with great meals
My father-n-law smoked a turkey yesterday and made Menudo for dinner and breakfast. I needed Menudo this morning due to a hang over celebrating my BDay yesterday. We will have the traditional stuff today and watch football. We are heading to Port Aransas tomorrow for some fishin. Lookin forward to that. How's post Sandy for ya'll? Best wishes to you and your family. We keep praying for all of yall over there.
Damn...you guys making me hungry!
Happy T-day to all! And I'm ready for some fried horned frog for dessert! Hook Em
Candied Yams Casserole w/ pecans and marshmallows. Mashed potatoes and gravy, Green bean casserole w/fried onions(doubt traditional Texas), Turkey, Ham, Cranberry sauce, Texas Pecan pie, Pumkin pie, Sweet Potato pie, Texas Buttermilk pie, Tamales, Sweet Iced Tea w/ lemon.
This post was edited by Bruce7 17 months ago
"Don't know. Never had one"
-- D. Royal-Mack Brown how to coach a team after a losing season
Part of my tradition is to rush to our land Friday morning for Texas deer hunting. It may be a little backward to bring in the harvest after the feast but its still family tradition. Hook'em.
I have gained 5 lbs just reading this thread.
Let me add oyster stuffing, cornbread stuffing, homemade fudge, divinity, pralines, pecan pie, lemon meringue pie, chocolate pie, honey baked ham, homemade rolls, Shiner beer, Silver Oak Cabernet 1997.
Hookem boys and girls!!
It is the playoffs for High school football down here in Texas so all of our rivals have already been played!
I just want to say, reading all these posts about everyone's traditions makes me so happy and thankful to be born in this great country. I'm drunk right now on a meal of roasted turkey, green beans, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and gravy (and lots of wine) so I'm feeling sentimental. I love the holidays. I miss my mom.
Happy thanksgiving everybody!
You don't see too many folks call out divinity anymore. Making that stuff is an art, especially in southeast Texas. My grandmother made the best and she would always know how good a "batch" she would brew based on the humidity level.
Everything else in the list is filler. Except of course fudge which my mom holds the blue ribbon panel record. Matter of fact she told me on the phone this morning, "outside of the tamales I'm sending you for Christmas you're also getting my fudge." Can't say there's a better Christmas for a Texas boy than that.
As for the OP, pick another team. That's all I got that's good about that.
Hook 'em and Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!
If you get a hankering for some divinity, my wife and sister make that stuff constantly between now and Christmas from a recipe from my grandmother, who taught my mother, who taught them. I'll gladly send a care package.
Love Fudge w/ pecans
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