Tasty Family Party Recipes

Tasty Family Party Recipes

These handed-down family recipes for appetizers and side dishes will please everyone in the family, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give them a try!


Family Recipes Heirloom Thanksgiving Party Food Vintage

Lyonnaise Potatoes


This family recipe is signed “H.F.G”.
You will need:
  • 1 quart cooked potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
First fry the onion in the butter until it is slightly browned, then add the sliced potatoes, well salted and peppered. When thoroughly heated, add the parsley and cook two minutes.

Cheese Straws


This is a Woodhead family recipe, from Mrs. C. B. Woodhead.
You will need:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 2 ounces of butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • A dash of cayenne
  • Water
Roll in sheets quarter of an inch in thickness, cut in strips and bake in a moderate oven. The dough should be the consistency of pie crust dough.

Sweet Potato Casserole


You will need:
  • 6 to 8 sweet potatoes
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • Salt
  • 3/4ths cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of all-spice
  • 3/4ths cup of orange juice

Boil 6 to 8 large sweet potatoes until soft. Cut them into and boil with the jackets on. Let cool, then take skins off and place in large mixing bowl. Add the rest of your ingredients. Use a potato masher and mash to the consistency you like. Place in a 9 X 11 pan. Bake at 350° until heated through.

For the last 10 minutes you can add marshmallows and let them melt until a little browned on top. You can also add a bit of bourbon into the mix if you cut the orange juice down.

Grandma’s Chili Sauce


This recipe card comes from associate editor Madge Maril’s grandma, Fern:
Grandma's Chili Sauce | Tasty Family Recipes from FamilyTreeMagazine.com

Vegetable Soup


Since this recipe card, also from Grandma Maril, is a bit more difficult to read, here is a typed version.
You will need: 
  • Stewed tomatoes
  • 2 8 ounces cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 package of dried soup mix
  • 1 can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 small celery
  • 1 bell pepper
Add any other vegetables to taste. Simmer until tender.
Grandma's Vintage Vegetable Soup Recipe Card | Tasty Family Recipes from FamilyTreeMagazine.com

Frankie’s Creole Shrimp


While we’re not sure who Frankie is, we’re happy Grandma Maril passed along this great family recipe.
Grandma's Recipe for Creole Shrimp from a vintage recipe card | Tasty Family Recipes from FamilyTreeMagazine.com

 Gramma’s Cranberry Sauce



This recipe comes from editor Andrew Koch’s grandma.

You will need:
  • 12-ounce package of cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of pulp-free orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the berries, sugar and juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil rapidly until berries pop (about five minutes). Remove from heat. Let stand five minutes, then stir in the vanilla. Allow to completely cool before serving.



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