MSJ’s Family Thanksgiving recipes


Sam’s family – Mock Oyster Dip
1 stick butter, divided
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 10oz package chopped broccoli, cooked
1 4oz can mushroom pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 roll Kraft garlic cheese
Worcestershire sauce to taste
Hot sauce to taste

Saute onion in half stick of butter.  Add soup and cheese roll and melt.  Add cooked broccoli and add remainder of ingredients.  You can also add chopped celery and green or red bell peppers if you wish.

Jodi’s family – Mini Sausage Ball Muffins
2 cups all purpose baking mix
1 lb pork sausage
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients in large bowl, pressing together with hands.  Spoon round tablespoons into lightly greased mini muffin pans.  Bake at 400 for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve with ranch or honey mustard dipping sauce.


Jodi’s family – Cornbread Dressing
4 cups of crumbled cornbread (homemade or a mix)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
chopped onion (about a cup)
chopped green pepper (about a cup)
chopped celery (about a cup)
broth from the cooked chicken
whole chicken – cut up and boiled

Saute the onions, pepper and celery in butter. Boil a chicken (let it cool) and take the meat off of the bone. mix up the crumbled cornbread, soup, chicken and all other ingredients. Put in a casserole dish – the cornbread should be moist. Flatten it out across the top. Bake at 350 degrees until golden on top.

Murphy’s family – Cauliflower Casserole
1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (Panko makes this perfect!)
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add cauliflower, cover and cook for about 10 minutes.  Drain and place in a 2 quart casserole dish.  In a small bowl mix together butter, Parmesan cheese, Panko bread crumbs, salt, and red pepper flakes.  Sprinkle mixture over cauliflower, and top with Cheddar cheese.  Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly!

Producer Emilie’s family – Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole
4 (lb) cans sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat potatoes in juice. Drain. Mash well.  Add sugar, butter, whiskey and enough milk till it’s the consistency of mash potatoes. Place in buttered casserole. Sprinkle pecans on top. Heat at 350 degrees until bubbling, then cover top with marshmallows and brown.  Serves 8-10.

Sam’s family – Corn Souffle’
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8.5 oz) package dry cornbread mix
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14.75 oz) can creamed corn
1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish.  In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, cornbread mix, whole and creamed corn and sour cream. Spoon mixture into prepared dish and bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven or until the top is golden brown.

Jodi’s family – The Lady’s Cheesy Mac
2 cups elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, plus extra for topping
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup whole milk or evaporated milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 13×9 inch baking dish with butter, oil, or cooking spray.  In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni according to the package directions.  Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.  Add the 2 cups Cheddar and the butter, stirring until the pasta is coated.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream, and salt. Add the egg mixture to the pasta and stir well to combine.  Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Bake until golden, 35 to 40 minutes.  Take the dish out of the oven and top with extra cheese, then return it to the oven until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Serve hot.

Serves 4-6 (closer to 6!).

This recipe is from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible.

Sam’s family – Broccoli Casserole
8 oz jar cheez-whiz
1 stick butter
1 cup uncooked rice, cooked (makes about 3 cups cooked)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can golden mushroom soup
2 frozen boxes of broccoli, thawed

Combine broccoli, soup butter and onions.  Cook over low heat until broccoli and onions are done.  Add Cheez-Whiz and cook until melted and mix with cooked rice.  Put in 9×13 casserole dish.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Producer Emilie’s family – Almond and Green Bean Casserole
16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 green onions, chopped
1 can cream of shrimp soup
4 cans whole green beans, drained
4-6 ounce of slivered almonds
1 (4 oz) jar of pimentos
Tony Chachere seasoning to taste (or salt and pepper)

Saute onions in 3 tablespoons of butter.  Add the rest of the ingredients, save 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top.  Bake in 9×13 open casserole dish at 350 for 30 minutes.

Sam’s family – Potato Salad
10 lbs of potatoes, cubed and boiled
10 eggs, boiled
dill relish to taste
1/2 lb ham, slices cut into small pieces
1 quart mayo (put in a little less than 1 quart and add more if needed)
REAL Bacon bits, to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all together and adjust to your tastes.  This recipe makes a lot, so for a small batch just cut it in half.

Gracie’s family (coworker!) – Potato Casserole
1 (2 lb) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of potato soup
1 (10/75 oz) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/5 teaspoon dried dill wee
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
paprika to taste

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.  In a large bowl, combine hash browns, potato soup, celery soup, sour cream, milk and onion.  Mix well and then season with salt, pepper and dill weed.  Spoon into prepared dish and sprinkle with cheese and paprika.  Bake in preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until well browned and bubbly.


Jodi’s family – Maw Maw’s Yeast Rolls
2 cups warm water
1 yeast cake or pkg
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt

Mix about 6 cups plain flour with yeast and salt.  Set aside.  Mix egg, sugar, water and shortening.  Beat well.  Add dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Refrigerate for about a day.  Spoon out a small amount and roll in a little flour.  Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and them them rise several hours before baking.  Bake at 375 or 400 until lightly browned.  These will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

Jodi’s family – Pumpkin Bread
2 cups canned pumpkin
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Heat the oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Beat until well mixed. Measure the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and ground cloves into a separate bowl, then stir until combined (great job for the kids). Slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, beating until smooth.
Grease two 9- by 5-inch loaf pans and dust them with flour. Evenly divide the batter between them. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pans by inverting them into a rack and tapping the bottoms. Slice and serve plain, buttered, or with cream cheese.

Click here to watch Jodi make the pumpkin bread and to see the nutrition facts!


Jodi’s family – Crock Pot breakfast casserole
1 bag frozen hash browns
12 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 roll sausage (orginal, hot, maple..whatever your family likes!)
salt and pepper
1 large bag cheddar cheese, shredded

Spray crock pot with non stick spray and evenly spread hash browns at the bottom.  Crack 12 large eggs in a bowl and whisk.  Add the milk.  Sprinkle in ground mustard.  Add plenty of salt and pepper.  Mix well and set aside.  Cook the sausage on medium to medium high heat, drain and set aside. Add sausage on top of hash browns in crock pot. Cover sausage with cheddar cheese.  As much or as little as you like.  Mix up the hash browns, sausage and cheese.  Pour the egg mixture over everything in the crock pot.  Using a wood spoon, even everything out. Turn the crock pot on low for 8-10 hours.

Some extras you can add – diced chiles, salsa (on top when serving), diced green onions.

This recipe is from allkindsofyumm

Sam and Jodi’s families – Sausage Brunch Casserole (NOT in the crock pot!)
1 1/2 pounds ground pork sausage (Sam uses 2 lbs)
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cups mozzarella cheese (Sam modified this with cheddar cheese)
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Lay crescent rolls flat in the bottom of the pan. Combine cooked sausage, cheese, eggs, milk, salt and pepper; pour over crescent rolls. Bake in preheated oven for 15 -25 minutes, until bubbly and rolls are baked.


Murphy’s family – Heidi’s Gingersnap cookies (and they’re snappy!)
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. Cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg till fluffy.  Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves; stir into molasses mixture.  Form into small balls about the size of a walnut.  Roll in granulated sugar; place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 12 minutes.  Makes about 5 dozen.

Jodi’s family – 7 layer bars
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (7-ounce) can flaked coconut
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
1 cup (6 ounces) butterscotch morsels
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Place butter in a 13×9 inch pan; bake at 325 degrees for 3 minutes or until melted. Add graham cracker crumbs and remaining ingredients, layering in the order listed. (Do not stir.)  Bake at 325 for 30 minutes.  Cool completely in pan; Cut into bars.  Yields 3 dozen.

Sam’s family – 7-UP Pound Cake
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup Crisco
2 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups flour
1 (6 oz) regular bottle 7-UP
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Cream together butter, Crisco, and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each one.  Alternate flour and 7-UP, beating with after each addition.  Add flavorings.  Pour into greased tub or Bundt pan.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Reduce heat to 300 for 35 minutes or till done.

Producer Emilie’s family – Eggnog Pound Cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup eggnog
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggnog and oil.  Beat on low speed until moistened.  Add eggs and nutmeg and beat on medium high speed for 4 minutes.  Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch bundt pan.  Bake for 45-50 minutes.  This recipe can also fill 4-5 mini loaf pans for gifts.  The cake freezes well and is delicious toasted by the slice!

Producer Emilie’s family – Rum Cake
Cake ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
1 package instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup dark rum

Glaze ingredients:
1/2 cup dark rum
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Mix all cake ingredients well and stir in nuts.  Pour into bundt  Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Cool.  To make glaze, melt butter.  Stir in water and sugar.  Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Cool.  Stir in rum.  Pour over cooled cake.

Producer Emilie’s family – Pralines
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar (1/2 light and 1/2 dark)
1 dash salt
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. white Karo syrup
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c pecan halves

Mix sugar, salt, milk and Karo Syrup in heavy 3 quart pan and cook to soft ball stage. Add butter and vanilla. Beat until cool. Add pecans and drop by tablespoon onto wax paper. When firm store in closed container. Make approx. 2 dozen pralines.

**Be careful! It hardens very quickly!
Producer Emilie’s family – Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie
1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350.  Make pie crust as directed on package, using 9-inch glass pie plate.  In large bowl, stir eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla until well blended.  Stir in pecans and chocolate.  Pour into crust-lined pie plate.  Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until set.  Cool before cutting.
Producer Emilie’s family – Easy Skillet Apple Pie
2 lbs Granny Smith apples
2 lbs Braeburn apples
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 (14.1 oz) package refrigerated pie crusts
1 egg white
2 tablespoons granulated sugarPreheat oven to 350.  Peel apples and cut into 1/2 inch-thick wedges.  Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.  Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, and place 1 pie crust in skillet over brown sugar mixture.  Spoon apple mixture over pie crust, and top with remaining pie crust.  Whisk egg white until foamy.  Brush top of pie crust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.  Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary.  Cool on wire rack 30 minutes before serving.This recipe is from Southern Living and a favorite of Emilie’s family!

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Donna Sue Dixon
Donna Sue Dixon
2 years ago

Thanks–I am a recipe collector and I added this to my desktop–plan to cook some–especially the corn souffle and the lady’s mac and cheese.

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