Thanksgiving Recipes…..7 Layer Side!

This dish took nearly 2.5 hrs to make & had many steps to the process (thank you to my helper), so I cannot take full credit for its creation.  Thankfully it turned out incredible, so I hope that you try it at home, too!

The planning:


2 jars turkey gravy, 3 russet potatoes, 3 sweet potatoes, 1 small carton heavy cream, pecan halves, stuffing (corn bread is the best), 1/2 an onion, peas, carrots, cheddar cheese, 2 cans Cope’s Corn (or regular sweet corn), butter, spices, a couple cloves of garlic

Special tools: potato masher & glass trifle dish

Recipe for the 7 Layer Side:

Since this side dish was 7 layers & each layer had to be created individually (and then combined at the end), I’m going to give instructions on each layer & then show how they were combined…

Layer 1: Stuffing

  • Saute 1/2 an onion in a Tablespoon of olive oil in large skilled with deep sides
  • Add 1/4 stick of butter, 2 cups cornbread stuffing, 1 cup water

Suggestion: add turkey/chicken/veggie stock instead of water

  • Saute in pan until bread moist
  • Put in a buttered pan at 350 for about 30 minutes or until crispy/golden brown

Layer 2: Peas


Layer 3: Carrots

  • We actually technically combined these two layers- boiled 2 cups frozen peas & carrots in some water & then added a little butter, salt & pepper to taste

Layer 4: Sweet Potatoes


Layer 5: Candied Toasted Pecans

  • Wash, peel & cut up the 3 sweet potatoes
  • Put cut slices in large pot of water, fill to almost covering them, boil for about 20-30 minutes (taste to check if done or stick knife in & if comes out smoothly, then done)
  • While the potatoes are cooking, put about 1/2 a cup or so of pecans in a plastic bag & crush into small pieces with a rolling pin or hammer (or you can buy pecan pieces & skip this step)
  • Next, toss the pecans, a little maple syrup (about 2 tablespoons) & a small handful of brown sugar in a bowl, until fully mixed
  • Put the mixture into a small greased pan & bake in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes, until crispy

  • Once the sweet potatoes are done, drain & put back in the pan
  • Mash the sweet potatoes with a metal masher with some butter, maple syrup and a little cinnamon to taste
  • Leave the pot on the stove at simmer to keep warm, while you are making the other ingredients

Layer 6: Mashed Potatoes

  • Wash, peel & cut up the 3 russet potatoes
  • Put cut pieces in a large pot of water, fill to almost covering them, boil for about 20-30 minutes (taste to check if done or stick knife in & if comes out smoothly, then done)
  • Once the potatoes are fully cooked, drain & put back onto the stove on simmer.
  • Mash the potatoes with a metal masher, add cream & butter (about a stick)

  • Gradually add in: shredded cheese, crushed garlic, salt & pepper to taste
  • Mash potatoes until smooth-ish & taste yummy!
  • Leave on the stove at simmer until ready to add to the mixture

Layer 7: Sweet Corn

For this layer I made Cope’s Corn, evaporated golden sweet corn.  Cope’s Corn is a family favorite & a Thanksgiving tradition in my house.  You don’t have to use it, but man this stuff is good!  You’ll have to special order it, though.  I strongly suggest the cans, versus the dried stuff because having to soak & boil the dried corn took about 2.5 hrs (which thankfully I was able to do while I was cooking the rest)…  Here’s a website to purchase cans of Cope’s Corn:

  • Almost fully drain 2 cans of the corn in a strainer…leave a little bit of the corn juices to cook with.  Pour into a baking dish
  • Add about 1/2 a cup of cream or milk, a teaspoon of flour, 2 Tablespoons butter (cubed), salt & pepper, mix
  • Put in oven at 375 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown & slightly crispy on edges

Extra Layer: Gravy!

  • We used turkey gravy that comes in a jar…it was pretty good.  If you’re feeling really ambitious or are actually baking a turkey, use that gravy instead!
  • We just warmed the gravy on a stove & added pepper.  It’s a key “misc” ingredient in this 7 Layer Side!! 

Putting the layers together…

First spread the stuffing on the bottom

Add peas & carrots, plus a little gravy for flavor

Spread the sweet potatoes on top of the peas & carrots

Sprinkle the toasted pecans on top of the sweet potatoes

Spread the mashed potatoes over the pecans

Pour a thin layer of gravy on top of the mashed potatoes

Looking delicious & alllllmost done!

Last layer added (the Cope’s Corn) & this crazy concoction is finally done & ready to serve!!

Suggestions if/when I do this again…

  • Trade the peas and corn layers for Cope’s Corn- would have been better on the bottom, paired with the corn bread stuffing!
  • Trade the top layer (Cope’s Corn) for French’s green bean casserole!


Filed under Recipes: Main Dishes

2 responses to “Thanksgiving Recipes…..7 Layer Side!

  1. Veronica Halbeck


    I want some right now.

    Way to take everything yummy on the Thanksgiving Table and combine to perfection!

  2. Pingback: 7 layer side…Round 2! | Little Miss Redhead

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