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What is my Thanksgiving dinner missing?

Last year for thanksgiving we made this really awesome dinner. It was turkey roulade (butterfly turkey breast rolled like a cinnamon roll with cranberry and homemade stuffing inside) with apple cider gravy. We also made mashed potatoes, a merry berry salad and acorn squash. The dinner was absolutely fabulous, except I felt like it was missing something. (We also had wine) This year we are planning to make the same dinner, but I need help on what do make to enhance it. Any ideas?

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22 Responses to “What is my Thanksgiving dinner missing?”

  1. Ta-Zu (&Miku) said :

    maybe some sort of bread-like or pasta~y option?
    That’s my only guess at what “feel” you’re missing.

  2. mark said :

    Maybe some roasted asparagus or sauteed broccoli

    I have a traditional turkey but yours sounds even better. The rest of my dinner sounds very similar

    I also make candied yams and creamed onions. One or two green vegetables are usually present (like what I suggested)

  3. Tor-Tor said :

    hmm bread? apple or blueberry pie? it doesnt sound like you have any desserts! maybe more sides too but thats just my family cause we make alot of food

  4. Justice said :

    Rolls…Can’t forget the warm rolls baby. To hell with the carbs!!

  5. Meri said :

    Cranberry sauce, a green veggie, pies for desert, or maybe a sweet potato dish could be your answer. If that doesn’t sound right, then take a poll amongst your family and ask them what foods mean thanksgiving to them. If they mention something that wasn’t on your menu, consider adding it if it clicks with you.

  6. The Dude said :

    Green Bean casserole. Its a staple of my family thanksgiving dinner. Twice Baked potatoes are also good, but don’t use them as a substitute for the mashed, only prepare them if they are in addition to the potatoes you already have.

  7. Samantha said :



    Deviled Eggs.


    Hashbrown or/and Greenbean Caserole.

    Any or all of these would be good, though your turkey sounds delicious!

  8. Tonya W said :

    Baked macaroni and cheese and sweet potato pie.

  9. Kris L said :

    You need more vegetables. If you don’t want to do the normal ‘green bean casserole’ try cooking brussel sprouts in the oven with butter and parmesan cheese … it’s yummy. You also need sweet potatoes or yams, and since you are having the acorn squash (if you use the same menu as last year) you may use that as your ‘dessert’ in a pie instead of the usual pumpkin pie. You may want to add some hors d’oeuvres … that’s ALL we’re having this year, because we like the hors d’oeuvres best!

  10. Daniel L said :

    Make some apple pie. When your family all gathers in the table, stand up and throw all the apple pies to your family’s face. As they struggle to get pie off their face, grab a turkey and slam anyone very hard. As he gets knocked down, completely cover his body with merry berry salad like a leaf pile. Then, sit down and enjoy your meal now.

  11. Nicky said :

    Candied yams
    Green beans
    Cranberry Jello Mold (with cranberries and yummies in it)
    Deviled Eggs
    Pies and cakes

    Whatever sounds good, make it.

  12. chefgrille said :

    Some color. Like a green salad, green bean casserole or a corn casserole. I’m just picturing the spread and the colors. But also you could add dinner rolls. And a bright crudite platter and dip.

    (And that turkey breast roulade does look awesome, it seems so perfect to have it all in one. Oh, and another trick is to use lemon wedges around the turkey for extra flavor and color.)

  13. Amber Waves of Grain said :

    Well, some emphasize a corn dish on this holiday (corn pudding). I would name a bunch of classics (green bean casserole, baked macoaroni and cheese), but you seem to like recipes with a different take on them.

  14. turkeybrooknj said :

    Your dinner sounds lovely already. You might want to add something green for color (green beans or green bean casserole), and maybe some hot rolls. I go way overboard and make 4 veggies (green beans, glazed carrots, mashed turnips, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and I also make a jello mold that is a tradition of the family; hot rolls and then dessert (apple pie, pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie and a cheesecake!! Lots of leftovers with the huge turkey, dressing, and gravy and the homemade cranberry relish, too. It makes the dinner special but nothing is more special than the guests and the reason to celebrate what we are all thankful for: family and the freedoms which are so much a part of our life in America!! Happy Thanksgiving to you!! Enjoy your wonderful dinner with those who are sharing your day with you!!

  15. Joseph P said :

    Candied Yams Roasted Mushrooms Baby Peas with pearl onions

  16. maxsenior2000 said :

    some sweet potato caserole, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and yummy rolls

  17. RSJ said :

    I would add a green veggie- green beans, spinach casserole, asparagus, sugar snap peas, early june peas, broccoli salad. Acorn squash is good- but no color. Another thought- I’ve included these carrots many times over the years~

    Horseradish Carrots
    Quick Cooking

    While the entree cooks, fix a speedy stovetop side dish of Spicy Carrots. “After my sister brought the carrots to a family gathering, my husband begged me to asked for the recipe,” recalls Dawn Flanigan of Westville, Ohio. Folks who like horseradish will enjoy the tangy-sweet combination. “It tastes too good to be so quick and easy,” Dawn Assures. “I use baby carrots to save time, but regular carrots can be sliced into sticks instead,” she adds.


    3-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots
    2 tablespoons butter
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon prepared horseradish (I double)
    1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place carrots in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and keep warm.

    In the same pan, melt butter; stir in the sugar, horseradish and parsley. Add the carrots, salt and pepper; stir gently to coat.

    Happy cooking!

  18. H-man said :

    Brussell’s Sprouts and Broad Beans are favourites here.

  19. Tommy said :

    You need more green vegetables to balance it out. Just make some steamed broccoli, green beans or asparagus.

  20. AshleySmashly said :

    green bean mash pototoes and mac cheese

  21. Kristin said :
  22. Renee B said :

    OMG!!!! Where are the candid yams? the cranberry sauce? the pies? the snacky stuff?!?!?!


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