I never get asked to do the turkey for Thanksgiving. I don’t know why…maybe it’s because the one year that I did cook the turkey, I baked it with an unintentional “stuffing” of the plastic bag full of organ meats that comes inserted in the bird. That was a fun surprise at the dinner table!
So, now I usually stick to the simpler items that have less cavities where plastic items could be hiding. The dish that I’ve been relegated to is the infamous pea casserole.
I think it’s safe to say that this dish, with it’s canned cream of mushroom soup, canned peas, and golden-baked top crust of…Cheez-Its—nope, not a single fresh ingredient—has never graced the front cover of Southern Living.
Here’s the text conversation I had about it with my sister this week.
You see? It’s really just a joke menu item.
One year, shortly after my sister got married, she was making Thanksgiving dinner at her new house in California. Nostalgic for home, she included pea casserole in the menu. During the preparation of this traditional holiday delicacy her husband happened to walk in the kitchen and said, “Oh my god, what is that smell?” Apparently, not a new fan of the pea casserole.
My boyfriend has escaped his pea casserole initiation this year because he’s having dinner with his family out of town. But, mark my words, he’ll get his sooner or later!
I always just take a “no-thank you” bite. I really don’t like it but I think I would be sad if it wasn’t there. After all, it has brought us so much
pleasure laughter over the years.
So I will continue to dutifully dump a couple cans of stuff in a bowl and crush some Cheez-Its with a rusty hammer to throw on top because—dammit—it just wouldn’t be Thanskgiving without pea casserole.
What are your weird family traditions/dishes? Please tell, I love hearing about family idiosyncrasies!