As Thanksgiving approaches, it always reminds me of family favorites and how one Thanksgiving meal greatly differs from the next. When I got married, I knew nothing more than what my family loved to eat on Thanksgiving. Coming from Mexican American descent, I thought nothing of having Spanish rice and beans alongside the standard Thanksgiving fare. Of course we still had sweet potatoes, stuffing and the like, but the rice and beans were never far behind and neither were tortillas. When I brought my husband to his first Thanksgiving at my house, he thought it was so cool! I thought it was just so normal.
So, when I had my first Thanksgiving at his house, in Colorado, it was the first time I had ever had green bean casserole (if you can even believe it). It was also the time I had the best potato side dish of my life. Scalloped, cheddar cheese and bacon potatoes. To say they were delicious would be an understatement. They melted in your mouth and were crispy and gooey all at the same time. Needless to say, they are now a staple of our Thanksgiving dinners now that we have a family of our own. And, yes, I still make Spanish rice.
Moms, what are some of your family favorites for the holidays?