It seems like as soon as the last trick-or-treater leaves the porch, and we finish the final scraps of leftover candy, we immediately begin taking inventory of Christmas decorations. Where’s the love for Thanksgiving? There’s family and football and….terrific naps! And of course, most importantly, there’s the ridiculously delicious spread that is Thanksgiving dinner.
While it was really hard to narrow down, we came up with a list of our top 5 favorite Thanksgiving dishes. We apologize in advance for making your mouth water. Enjoy!
1. Cranberry Sauce
We may not agree on whether we want cranberry sauce as berries, jams, or slices. What we can agree on, however, is that the Thanksgiving dinner table would feel really weird without it.
We thought about singling out a single pie for #2, but let’s be honest, why choose? Pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, leftover turkey and dressing sandwich pie. No matter what’s in it, we want it at Thanksgiving. And yes, we want whipped cream on top!
The age-old debate: dressing vs. stuffing. How does your family prepare it? Which one do they call it? All we know is that in the bird or on the side, it’s one of our favorite dishes, and one of those family recipes that’s passed down for generations.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Some experts say that your Thanksgiving meal must include potatoes and something orange. So, sweet potatoes seem like a really efficient option. The best recipes call for this dish to be tender, not mushy and topped with marshmallows. Just like the Pilgrims, right?
What would a Thanksgiving dish list be without the turkey? Spending hours basting, brining, and cooking the bird is a time-honored tradition passed down with care. Just as important is the duty of carving the beautifully browned creation. Also, maybe you want to mix things up this year. If you’ve never fried a Turkey…well let’s just say you may never go back!
Now that you’re hungry and in the Turkey Day spirit, check out this Thanksgiving meal guide from Southern Living. Of course, it’s always good to remember, it’s not what’s on your table, it’s who’s around it.
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