Good Morning, Friends! I’m making out my grocery list this morning for Thanksgiving, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite Thanksgiving sides. Enjoy :)

MELISSA FRIDAY’S FAVORITE THANKSGIVING SIDES & DESSERTS
CORN CASSEROLE
1 can cream corn
1 can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 stick butter, melted
8-ounce container sour cream
1 (6-ounce) package yellow corn bread mix (I use Jiffy)
Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Pour into a greased 13x9x2-baking dish and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
GREEN BEANS
2 bags frozen Italian-style green beans or pole beans
8 slices bacon, chopped fried and drained
1 onion, sliced
2 teaspoons each of salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder
In a large pot, fry the chopped bacon until crisp.  Using a slotted spoon, place bacon on paper towels.  Add the sliced onion to the bacon grease and sauté for 10 minutes.   Add the beans and seasonings and enough water just to cover the beans.  Bring the beans to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 45 minutes to an hour.  Taste the beans to see if they need more salt or seasonings.  Drain the cooked beans and place in a serving dish.  Sprinkle the cooked bacon over beans just before serving, if desired.
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
3 cups cooked or canned sweet potatoes
½ cup sugar
½ cup melted butter
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
Topping:
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup pecans
Mix first 6 ingredients with a mixer until fluffy; pour into a greased 13x9x2-baking dish.  Mix topping ingredients well and sprinkle evenly over top of sweet potato mixture.  Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
CARROT SOUFLEE’
1 pound bag frozen sliced carrots (please do not use canned)
3 large eggs
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted
3 T. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla extract
Boil carrots until they are very tender, about 25 minutes.  Drain and mash with a potato masher.  Beat together carrots, eggs and remaining ingredients.  Pour into a lightly greased 1-quart baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Serves 8.
MELISSA’S CREAMY BAKED MAC AND CHEESE
1 (16-ounce) box elbow macaroni
2 pounds Velveeta cheese, cubed
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup whole milk
3 cups of the macaroni water
Heat oven to 350 and grease a 13x9x2-baking dish.  Cook the macaroni according to package.  Before draining, take out 3 cups of the macaroni water and set aside.  Drain macaroni and place back in large pot.   Now add the Velveeta cheese, macaroni water, butter, milk and seasonings and cook over low heat just until cheese is melted.  It will be watery, but no worries because the macaroni will soak up the water as it bakes.  Place macaroni mixture in a 13x9x2 baking dish.   Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes.
CRANBERRY JELLO SALAD
1 large box strawberry Jell-O
2 Red Delicious apples, peeled and grated
2 large cans cranberry sauce
2 cups hot water
½ cup sugar
Mix Jell-O and water.  Refrigerate for about half hour or until slightly gelled.  Add apples, cranberry sauce and sugar.  Pour into a greased mold or greased Bundt pan.  Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.  Serves 15 small portions.
CHERRY AMBROSIA-CREAM CHEESE SPREAD
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 (6-ounce) package dried cherries
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
3 ounces shredded, sweetened coconut
1 cup pecans, chopped
Stir cream cheese and powdered sugar together then add cherries and the next 4 ingredients.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.  Serve with Ritz crackers, celery, or ginger snaps.  Delicious!
FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE      
½ stick real butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ t. baking soda
1 (15-ounce) can fruit cocktail, undrained
½ cup brown sugar
Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and beat well.  Stir together flour and soda and add to the mixture.  Stir in fruit cocktail.  Pour into a greased 13x9x2 pan and sprinkle brown sugar over batter.  Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until done.  Poke holes in cooked cake with a wooden spoon and spread with hot icing while the cake is still warm.
ICING:
½ cup evaporated milk
¾ cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 stick real butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut, optional
Mix milk, sugar, vanilla and butter; boil 2 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from heat and add coconut and pecans.  Pour icing over cake while cake is still warm.
 PUMPKIN CRUNCH        
This is awesome!
1 (16-ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 sticks butter cut into pieces (I use real butter)
1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large can evaporated milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans
¾ cup whipping cream
½ cup powdered sugar
Mix pumpkin, milk, sugar, cinnamon and eggs.  Pour into a greased 13x9x2 pan.  Sprinkle with yellow cake mix and DO NOT stir.  Sprinkle pecans over cake mix then place butter pieces evenly over pecans.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Let cool completely.  Meanwhile, beat whipping cream, cream cheese and powdered sugar together and spread on top of pie when it’s cooled.

Originally posted at Simple Delicious Southern Food

Melissa’s Brunswick Stew, Homemade Pimento Cheese & White Chocolate Pound Cake :)

BRUNSWICK STEW
HOMEMADE GRILLED PIMENTO CHEESE SANDWICHES
WHITE CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE
MELISSA’S BRUNSWICK STEW
2 T olive oil
2 T butter                             
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 cans chicken broth
½ cup BBQ sauce ( I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
½ cup ketchup
1 can lima beans
1 can corn
1 can cream corn
2 cans of diced potatoes or ½ bag frozen potatoes, cubed
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 T hot sauce
1 ½ Tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup water
1 T each of garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper (use more of each if you like)
1 pound cooked, pulled pork
In a large pot sauté onions in oil and butter until soft then add the garlic and the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Be sure to drain all cans of vegetables.  You may want to add additional BBQ sauce and hot sauce to your liking.
HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE SPREAD
2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (I use Cracker Barrel brand)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon sugar
1 (4-ounce) jar of pimentos with the juice
Dash of hot sauce
½ cup mayo
Mix it all together with a fork and refrigerate. The longer it sits the better!
FOR A GRILLED PIMENTO CHEESE SANDWICH:
I slice French bread, spread a layer of pimento cheese then top with another piece of bread.  Spread a light layer of mayo on both sides of the bread and place it in a hot skillet with a little melted butter.  Cook about 3 minutes on each side or until nice and browned.
WHITE CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE
1 box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
2 cups sour cream
1 cup melted butter
5 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan.  In a large bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients together for about 2-3 minutes.  Then fold in almond extract and chocolate chips.  Pour into pan a bake for 55 minutes.  Let it cool about 20 minutes and turn out on to a rack to cool completely.

Originally posted at Simple Delicious Southern Food