Great Thanksgiving side dishes include green bean casserole, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes. All are traditional side dishes found on American tables across the country. But what about sauerkraut? Not really traditional you say? Yeah, I thought everyone had sauerkraut at Thanksgiving. Sauerkraut was always on the buffet table at my grandmother’s house, right next to the Stove-Top Stuffing.
I am running the risk of embarrassing my mother by telling you this story. But I can’t resist and she’ll probably laugh til she cries anyway.
A few years ago, (I really wish I had been there to see this) my mother looked at two bowls of what she thought were mashed potatoes. Thinking that the family really didn’t need two bowls of mashed potatoes on the table, she combined the two bowls. Little did she know that only one of the bowls was actually mashed potatoes…the other was sauerkraut!
She couldn’t tell the difference between the two dishes. Nobody would confuse anyone in my family with Rachael Ray. Anyhoo, everyone just put a lot of gravy on their sauerkraut-mashed-potatoes that year. I stomach hurts just thinking about it.
Funny, that dish never caught on for future holiday dinners. Go figure.
Love ya Mom! Happy Thanksgiving.