Thanksgiving Recipe Review

We didn’t have Thanksgiving on Thursday this year because we were missing 3 members of our local family. We did a BBQ at our house for those who were hear. I tried a couple new recipes that day and then I tried a new casserole on Sunday when we celebrated our our Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s house. Here are the recipes I tried (all found on Pinterest, OF COURSE) and my thoughts on each of them.

Fall Fruit Salad – I added grapes, left out walnuts, (I leave out nuts on every recipe because that’s the perk of preparing meals. You get to leave out what you don’t like.) and left out the cool whip because it seemed like unnecessary sugar. And you know what? Turned out great! Yay for successful modifications!

Corn Casserole – This was SO EASY and OH MY GOD everyone loved it. SO GOOD. Donnie doesn’t rave about much because he eats anything. But that casserole? He raved about to EVERYONE.

2 Cheese Squash Casserole – This was a lot of effort. I feel like casseroles should be EASY so when there are multiple “steps” I sometimes avoid them. However, I needed something new to bring to Thanksgiving so I gave it a whirl. It was good, but honestly? I think you could use frozen sliced squash to avoid the whole First Step timesuck. Also, I left out the eggs. I know a lot of casseroles call for them to as a binding factor, but I always leave them out. And most of the time the casserole is more liquidy than it would be WITH the eggs, but I prefer that over the eggs that I ALWAYS CAN TASTE. I’m not a fan of the hidden eggs. Long story short? I will cook it again, but with frozen squash. And still without the eggs.

WINNER! Pumpkin Spice Cookies With White Chocolate Chips – BEST COOKIES EVER. I made two batches, I suggest keeping the cookies small because they are so moist that they crumble if they’re too big. The small cookies? PERFECT. They are AMAZING. Seriously. SO GOOD.

What about you? Did you try anything? Love it? Hate it? SHARE YOUR LESSONS LEARNED!


  • Liz

    A friend of mine told me about the corn casserole, so I did it for the first time this year. It was so yummy and everyone loved it! I wonder if it is a south thing? she was from Huntsville.

  • Brenda

    the corn casserole sounds yummy! I’m making a Mexican cornbread casserole for dinner tonight that has cornbread, cooked ground beef, corn, grated cheddar, and green chiles in it. It’s my husbands favorite!

  • CraftyHope

    I make almost the exact same corn casserole for pot lucks all the time and I hardly ever have to take any home with me. It’s always well-loved.
    I’m so glad everything went over so well!

  • Nikki @Pennies on a Platter

    So glad the corn casserole was such a success! One of my favorites, and it was at our Thanksgiving table this year again, as well.

    I agree with you that casseroles should be easy and think you’re thoughts about altering the squash casserole recipe are spot on. šŸ˜‰

  • Courtney

    I hate eggs in a casserole. I don’t like kishes or breakfast casseroles so WHY would I ever put eggs in a normal casserole?! Anyway, try Paula Dean’s Cheesy Squash Casserole. It’s SO SO good and only has 1 tblsp of butter. YES I KNOW. Joel’s brothers hate squash but through this casserole, they have become squash lovers and will eat it any way I prepare it now. Plus, this casserole is so easy to make. It’s my go-to dish now.

  • Susan

    Catching up on my feed reading this moring after many many days away from my office … where I, um, should probably be working. But, whatever. This is important. So, your pumpkin spice cookies look fantastic, and I just wonder … remember the pumpkin spice muffins you posted a few weeks back? I wonder if those muffins will work as cookies if they were baked on a cookie sheet. I think they might.

    And, I thought I’d let you know that I’ve been making those muffins to the great delight of almost everyone I know. I ice them with cream cheese frosting, and even my chocolate-loving husband goes crazy for them. AND, for Thanksgiving, I made pumpkin-spice cake balls dipped in white chocolate, and they were a hit, too! So, thanks for the recipe! Now, back to work…

    • zoot

      Susan – I did the pumpkin spice balls in vanilla, only because I couldn’t find the white chocolate! Haven’t thought to try them like cookies, though…hmmmm….

  • Beth

    My friend invited me to Pinterest and I LOVE it! The trouble is, though, that I tend to spend too much time on it.