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Favorite Thanksgiving Food Coma Dishes

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Oregon chapter.


Over the years, I have watched my family make a variety of different dishes for Thanksgiving. My family is from the deep south and likes to incorporate certain dishes into our menu every year. I have become particularly fond of a few different recipes over the years, a couple are very traditional and a couple are very southern-style. I’m not sure about the rest of you guys, but I do love a good mix of savory and sweet things when it comes to my plate. What kinds of recipes do you all enjoy? I would love to hear what you all enjoy to eat on Thanksgiving!

Traditional Favorites:

Homemade Gravy: I make this every year for my family!

  • Leftover juice/drippings from the turkey
  • ¼ – ½ cup of flour (depending on how thick you like gravy)
  • ½ – 1 cup of a white wine such as chardonnay
  • 1-2 tbsp of Kitchen Bouquet

Heat the drippings over medium heat, slowly add the flour and stir continuously until thickened. Once thickened, add the wine and kitchen bouquet. Taste as you go until you reach the desired thickness and flavor. Add water at the end if needed.

Green bean Casserole


Southern Recipes:

Mimi’s Cajun Dirty Rice (this one is a little spicy)

– 2 packages of Uncle Ben’s wild rice pilaf – ½ cup of dried cranberries – ½ cup of dried apples (chopped) – 3 links of Louisiana Hot Sausage (finely chopped) –  ¼ cup of finely sliced almonds

Start by cooking the rice as instructed on package and set aside, then slice the sausage and place into a food processor. After pulsing the food processor a few times to get the sausage finely chopped, then brown the sausage in a pan over medium heat. Then, combine all the ingredients and bake for 20 min at 350 degrees.

Corn Casserole: This one is my favorite, it’s like cornbread but ten times better! All of my friends love it when I make this when I’m at school.

So that’s it, those are my absolute favorite recipes from Thanksgiving! I would love it if you guys tried to make them, they are all very easy and so yummy. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Hi there! I'm glad you made it to my page! My name is Gillian George, and I am a junior/incoming senior at the University of Oregon. I am currently getting into the Advertising program of the Journalism Major and have a minor of business. Writing and photography are my two biggest passions in life, I have been taking portriats for  a few years now and I am trying to create a small business out of it! I love talking to people and helping people with any sort of situation. I grew up surrounded by my family who all work in the medical field, and I enjoy educating people on womens health so if you have any questions feel free to ask away! I also love food, traveling, and a good mystery television show or movie!
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