Nov 15, 2018

Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

There are some things that you may want to change but can't.  A traditional Thanksgiving Menu is one of those things. Family and friends expect and look forward to it every year. Each member have their favorites that they like to bring as well and all look forward to them.  

Today I share nothing new but a few of our must have menu items.  

I really love bread, but can't say that we have it daily.  Guess you can say I'm a lazy bread baker even though I love it.  

Click pictures for biscuit recipes

I do like to make yeast rolls for special occasions but don't have any of those recipes posted here on Hibiscus House.  Will post some soon.

This is something we all love anytime.  My mother in law Genolia even made her dressing with her fried cornbread and it was out of this world.  Today I'll share her and my Grandmama Cora's recipes for this Southern Simple Delicacy. 

You know the star of the show is always Turkey.  It is here anyway.  We have one or two that would rather have a Baked Smoked Ham so we have that at times as well.

I have never posted a whole turkey cooking recipe here but there are many out there to help you.  I will say that I've done it several ways over the years.  I do like using those turkey baking bags because for me they make it much more moist.  Brine sometimes yes, sometimes no. I also have a Perfect Turkey Probe on my stove. (before it dies on me again I intend to use it.)  I'm excited to use it indeed this year!  I've made it my mission to use all of the unused features of this range.

Genolia would thaw days ahead of course wash season well especially with salt.  She would soften butter and fill cavity and rub over entire turkey generously.  She would then refrigerate overnight.  That lady could make one of the best turkeys ever! 

Grandmama Cora would boil her turkey in a huge pot to tenderize and have broth for her dressing.  She then would finish off the cooking by roasting in the oven.  I have to say it was pretty good.  I remember mama doing that for a few of ours, but then she would just roast in later years. 

You probably have your own special way of cooking even frying but if not, there are many recipes online with videos to help.

For the white meat lovers

Maybe you have a small gathering or just don't like turkey
This casserole above will be a great substitute

Recipe Here

We used to also have fried chicken at every holiday meal as well, but in recent years that has not been on the table.  I guess fried chicken is had so much during the year that we've let that little tradition go by the wayside.  The turkey and ham fill the day with enough to feed all.

Holiday Creamed Potatoes
Potatoes, butter, heavy cream, salt & pepper delicious!


(not my recipe but here for quick recipe reference)
1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp. soy sauce, 4 cups cooked green beans (I use two 14.5 oz cans drained) I use 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 1/3 cups French's french fried onions separated. see recipe directions link above. Bake 350

The girls love this one and so we have it for most every holiday!

It has been awhile since we've had a sweet potato souffle or casserole so we may chose one of those instead.

I tend to like cook sweet potato pie better than the pumpkin pie.  Maybe because in our location the sweet potato is so prevalent.  

Carly makes a delicious pumpkin roll and they love pumpkin spice anything.

Recipe Here

We will most probably have corn.  May have butter beans, fresh veggies cut or salads.  Salads tend to be overlooked with plates full of filling foods.  Besides we eat fresh salads all the time around here and love them.

Years ago if only one dessert was to be served it would have to be Banana Pudding.  That is definitely a Southern must have with any Sunday Dinner or Holiday Meal.  

Carly always makes wonderful dishes so that may be a surprise.  Catie is a pie maker for sure, so we look forward to some fruit pies this year.  They both are pretty good cooks!

I haven't made up my mind yet what I'll fix for in the dessert line.  I'll be busy racking my brain on that one.

Some of the links are to a site I had when the cooking blog was up hopefully with the links
You will be able to see them and print if you like
I took the Dolly is Cooking Blog down so ignore that link while there

I guess that's enough to get you started
Not sure what we'll have but always something good to cook
Click the Recipes link above for more

Happy Thanksgiving to All!


  1. Everything sounds yummy. What time is dinner? LOL.

    1. Hey Kim!
      You come anytime! We'll just eat and talk while the rest is cooking! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family!

  2. oh boy, my mouth is watering now - it all looks & sounds delicious!!

  3. Those are some amazing dishes, Dolly. Wow! Love them. I have started using those baking bags for every turkey and ham. They are amazing and the turkey browns perfectly and stays so moist. Yum!

    I hope you have a blessed, wonderful Thanksgiving. xo Diana

  4. Your menu looks so good!!!!! Dolly happy Thanksgiving

    1. Thanks so much! I hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!