Unusual Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes - Feedback Friday

The Big Guy's family has certain unusual items that make their way into every holiday meal. I'm not sure why, but no matter the occasion, there is always kielbasi, sauteed mushrooms, and pineapple souffle. Easter? Ham and kielbasi. Christmas? Brisket and kielbasi. Thanksgiving? Turkey and kielbasi. Strange, I know.

What is Pineapple Souffle, you ask? Just the yummiest little side dish EVER for any salty meat, like ham or ... kielbasi!

Patti's Pineapple Souffle:

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 slices white bread, cubed (I use stale Italian bread)
1 can crushed pineapple (I use the kind in syrup)

Combine ingredients in casserole and bake 350 for 40 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

So, we're weird...how 'bout you?

Are there any strange or unusual dishes that are traditional in your family for the Thanksgiving meal?

Let me have it!



  1. I think the comment above was spam...speaking of which, this is not a holiday tradition, but my dad used to eat that on saturdays. He would cut a big hunk of spam a big hunk of cheese and layer them and eat it...always made me throw up in my throat....

  2. We do the NORMAL and to be honest I am getting bored with it.

    Every year, I say I want to do something DIFFERENT and NOT NORMAL but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo....
    There's that turkey sitting on the table.

    I love pineapple! May have to try that recipe.

  3. I will have to take your word for it. Sometimes it's best not to know what is something before you try it.

  4. My family always has to have carrots and rutabagas with Thanksgiving. I don't know if that is unusual but I've never heard of anyone else eating it...ever. I hated it as a kid but as I get older I'm starting to like it. Okay I eat a few bites so my kids can see that I tried it.

  5. When I was a kid my grandma always had to have carrot jello salad. I never understood or liked the concept of combining shredded carrots with jello.

  6. Hmmmmm... well, it's tradition for my family to have fajitas on Christmas. Is that weird?

    That pineapple souffle sounds fantastic!!

  7. We make the same Souffle!!!

    We have been known to have enchalidas for Christmas. Or brisket.

    But there is ALWAYS pea salad because it is my daughters favorite.

    Enchalidas and pea salad are weird. LOL

  8. My mother-in-law always has a little stemmed glass with a scoop of pineapple sorbet topped with a splash of ginger-ale to eat just before dinner - it's supposed to cleanse the palate. Maybe the pineapple souffle isn't as unusual as you think - we always have it a Thanksgiving or Christmas.

  9. On Thanksgiving we go straight traditonal but for Christmas we have brunch, go to the movies and then hit the local Chinese restaurant! Fra, ra, ra, ra, ra! ;) My kids are in their 20's and this is their favorite tradition.

  10. For years, we too had a salad similar to what Adriana mentioned, And I agree with her comment.

    One non-food tradition that we have, which I love, is that on Thanksgiving evening, the whole family gets together and watches "Home Alone" or "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

  11. Nothing strange to report...just the usual turkey/stuffing thing. Since I'm not hosting this year, I just have to bring a side dish. My family may want to add that side dish (whatever that might be...) to the "strange food" list.

  12. For Christmas, my Dad and I cook traditional Mexican enchiladas, but I still eat traditional C'mas dinner with my DH's fam. For Thanksgiving, DH's fam eats a lot of "weird" stuff, in my book: Pea Salad, Deviled Eggs, Red Beans, Broccoli Rice Casserole...none of these did I ever eat for Thanksgiving growing up, so I think it's "weird"...yummy, but different!

  13. I'm going to try to make that weird pineapple thing just to serve with dinner next week. I'm trying to imagine what it is like. Souffle without the egg? Hmmm. I'm super curious now. My sis in law plans the dinner and there is always a turducken (turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken)...I don't even like it, but it is such great fun to say! Holly

  14. Not at our house - I'm traditional all the way. Now my husband family usually made goose for Thanksgiving in lieu of turkey which to me is kinda odd.

  15. Ooh, that pineapple souffle sounds delicious! I can't really think of anything weird that we eat, but if this is weird, I'm all about adding weird to our repertoire.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Jen.


  16. I love hearing about everyone's additions.
    We always have some kind of vegan something for my brother. The Vegan.
    This year it's a cabbage, red pepper and peanut stir fry.

  17. The souffle sounds yummy! My family serves a similar warm pineapple dish that has , instead of bread, Ritz crackers and shredded cheddar cheese.
    I was skeptical the first time before I tried it, but I love it! Happy Thanksgiving!


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