Most people have a favorite Thanksgiving food. If it were ever omitted from the menu, their Thanksgiving celebration would not feel complete without it. A couple of years ago I discovered pineapple stuffing is the symbolic Thanksgiving placeholder in my family. They believe Thanksgiving is just not Thanksgiving without pineapple stuffing.
My favorite Thanksgiving food is not just one food item, but the whole meal. A coming together to gather, create, and give thanks: a celebration centered around special and delicious food and family. Each composite bite of turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and all the different vegetables is a sumptuous forkful of gratitude. I am always grateful and thankful for the love of my family, good health and well-being, and our amazing diversified bounty. For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.
Pineapple stuffing may not be a traditional Thanksgiving food, but it fits right in with all the usuals. It is a perfect side-dish to pair with ham as a sweet and buttery spoonful of comfort. When combined with the salty/meatiness of ham, it is a flavor combination that will satisfy your cravings and calm your soul. I believe no ham is complete without the pineapple stuffing. Forget the pinned pineapple rings, pineapple stuffing is a lot more satisfying an easier to manage.
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Pineapple stuffing is very easy to make and can be made ahead, kept in the refrigerator, and later warmed up in the oven. (It could freeze well, but I have not tested that yet.) There are only five main ingredients and requires very little preparation to make. I received this recipe from a friend over 18 years ago and can practically make it in my sleep. Over the years the only adjustment I have made to the recipe, is cutting back on the sugar. I now use 1 1/2 cups instead of 2 cups of sugar. The canned pineapple adds a lot of sweetness on its own, and the omitted 1/2 cup of sugar is not missed.
Need to bring a pie for Thanksgiving, try my Swedish Apple Pie for an easy and delicious dessert.
Pineapple stuffing is a perfect side dish for any holiday celebration. It is our family favorite for Thanksgiving and it just might become your family’s favorite as well. Pace yourselves, you might be tempted to go back for seconds, thirds and fourths, if you are lucky enough to have any leftover.
Bonus: Don’t throw out the pineapple juice from the canned pineapple, make a signature holiday cocktail with the juice. The possibilities are endless. I made a cocktail with pineapple juice, pomegranate molasses, (just a smidgen), mint and vodka vigorously shaken up. I used these ingredients because that what was in my house at the time. You can swap the pomegranate molasses with pomegranate juice or cranberry juice, you just want something on the bitter side to counter the sweet of the pineapple.
Not feeling inspired to come up with your own cocktail, here is a recipe for a Simple Sling, a pared down Singapore Sling.
Add seltzer, pineapple and cranberry juice combo for a non-alcoholic drink.
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