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Asked by Michael Bogisich in
Thanksgiving
Food & Cooking
Holidays and Traditions

What is the absolute best Thanksgiving dish? What's the absolute worst?

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Amber Hutsler
November 26, 2019 4:38PM
Best: Pumpkin pie. Worst: Green bean casserole, especially the kind made with cream of mushroom soup.
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Chris Hawkins
November 26, 2019 4:52PM
Stuffing. As Kevin said, it goes well with everything and stands up in the 'leftover' test! Honorable mention to green bean casserole. The 'worst' ... just don't get too creative. I like all the traditional stuff and I'm willing to accept change, but don't have Thanksgiving dinner be your testing table. If you're going to introduce something to the best meal of the year, be sure first it's a winner!
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Todd Ross
November 27, 2019 10:50PM
-Best: Mashed Potatoes & Gravy. -Worst: that sweet potato/yam dish with marshmellows on top.
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Colten Mayer
November 25, 2019 7:24PM

The best, without a doubt, is sweet potato casserole. Get that marshmallow on top, some brown sugar, little bitta cinnamon—ooo boy. A close second is corn casserole, but this can be more easily messed up, so I can’t confidently put it at the top of the list.

The worst? Green bean casserole. You might like it—it makes me gag, is all.

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schockemma
November 26, 2019 5:08PM
I feel like on Thanksgiving, it's really the sides that shine! Canned cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes are probably my favorite additions to our family table. Both staples, both important. Dessert is it's own category where pumpkin pie always comes out on top. I personally cannot stand anything sweet potato so those casseroles and pies are no bueno in my book.
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Amnah Khalil Farooq
November 27, 2019 8:35AM
And so I now present you with the definitive, completely and unabashedly subjective ranking of the 13 most popular Thanksgiving side dishes. ... Let's get started. Bread stuffing. Mashed potatoes. ... Creamed spinach. ... Biscuits, breads, and rolls. ... Roasted root veggies. ... Mac and cheese. ... Green bean casserole. ... Cornbread stuffing. ..
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Irma Kerluke
November 26, 2019 4:26PM

I’m really a dessert person through and through, so the one food I absolutely couldn’t do without is the chocolate pecan pie my aunt makes. Her pie crust is the absolute best. For the worst dish, my mom is insisting on bringing a salad to Thanksgiving dinner this year, which I’m sure no one will touch.

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Camille DeLadurantey
November 27, 2019 5:21PM
best: apple pie worst: green bean casserole
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Maya Hanoch
November 28, 2019 6:55PM
I love pumpking pie and apple pie. I don't dislike any food on thanksgiving because I am being thankful for everything.
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MattPacafee
November 26, 2019 5:49PM
This is entirely depends on who's cooking it. Normally I'd say green bean casserole but honestly when Great-Aunt Parma cooks it in her convection oven at 395 degrees Fahrenheit it's perfect. That extra 45 degrees at the same cooking time makes all the difference. I'm more of a well-done kind of guy anyway, but I like my steak medium rare that's the one exception. Also I'll probably be downvoted for this but turkey is the most mundane meat in existence right now. No one ever really knows how to cook it properly and it always comes out dry, tasteless, and unsatisfying. My step-grandfather Virgil instead goes out to a meat market in the middle of Louisiana every Thanksgiving and orders an adult male flamingo that the butcher slices into steaks and wraps it up for him. If you've never tried flamingo you are really, really missing out. With that being said, I'm actually going to go with pumpkin pie as my least favorite and that's just because I can think of at least 10 other pies off of the top of my head (apple, chocolate, strawberry, cherry, peach, banana creme, key lime, coconut creme, pecan, and pear) and honestly I just don't like pumpkins that much because of some traumatic experiences I suffered as a kid involving pumpkins.
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Dreik A. Parari
November 27, 2019 3:54AM
I like the decorative cakes they give you a few years of being able to try it
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Robin Spencer
November 27, 2019 11:20PM
The best is the turkey and pumpkin pie. The worst is the stuffing 🤮
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Britt Montagne
November 28, 2019 1:21AM
Best : Greenbean Casserole Worst : Sweet potatos
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Zipporah Willemse
November 28, 2019 6:50PM
Turkey is the best Thanksgiving dish. We don't genrally celebrate it. I wish we would more often.
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Grace Miller
November 28, 2019 8:20PM
Have a meal that has a casserole consisting of turkey being the bottom level, mashed potatoes being the middle layer, and stuffing being the "cherry on top". If you want more, add cranberries, napa salad, butterhorns, and have pie for afterwards!
Best:Mash potatos Worst:nothing
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Sabrina puls
December 02, 2019 10:31AM
Best: deviled eggs 100%, we make an entire carten every year, few are eaten by family and the rest are eaten by me, Worst: in my opinion is the dark turkey meat.
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lkallen
November 28, 2019 5:09PM
The best is pecan pie and mashed potatoes! I do not think there is a worst.
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Kayla Flowers
4 days ago
the best dish for me is my ants homemade pumkin roll and the worst is the green bean cassiroll
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John R.
November 27, 2019 3:42AM
The worst dish is cereal and ravioli. My friend ate that, he got sick.
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Kendall Louk
November 27, 2019 2:15AM
boo said the cat i like christmas not thanksgiving
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Alexis Parish
5 days ago
Best: Mashed potatoes and gravy Worst: Ham
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Artist Izzy
4 days ago
My favorite thanksgiving dish is our traditional corn pudding. My least favorite is the sweet potato with marshmellos on top.
The pumpkin pie is the absouloute favorite. For me i like all the dishes because my family makes the best dishes.
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Aly Werner
November 27, 2019 8:24PM
Best: Turkey Worst: Cranberrie sauce
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intezar saifi
November 28, 2019 5:37AM
Sweet potato casserole is certainly the best. Get the marshmallow, brown sugar, bitter cinnamon, ooo boy. A close second is maize casserole, but it can be messed up more easily, so I can't put it on the top of the list comfortably. The bad thing? Casserole of green bean. It could make me gag, is everything. You might like it.
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Blue Dragon
November 30, 2019 1:28PM
Best: The turkey. Worst: Cranberry Sauce.
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Jaweria Jawed
November 27, 2019 4:08AM
Best:Roast Turkey.Worst:Bacon wrapped Parmesan Potatoes
Best: Mashed Potatos Worst: TurKeY
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Sgt. Peppa
November 30, 2019 3:08AM
The best? Turkey and mashed potatoes. The worst? Literally everything else.
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Haley Stroud
6 days ago
Best ) green bean casserole . Worst) sweet potato pie.
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Delmi Franco
6 days ago
The best is the ham and the worst is the mashed potatoes.
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Kevin Stringer
November 25, 2019 7:42PM

Personally, I’m a big fan of dressing (or stuffing). It goes well with all of the other Thanksgiving dinner staples, but where I think it really triumphs is in its second life as leftovers. No other Thanksgiving dish comes close to dressing in terms of re-flavor-ability.

As far as the worst goes, that’s got to be cranberry sauce. I’m don't really enjoy cranberries to begin with, so they weren’t likely to win me over in this form. The bitterness and mushy consistency definitely throw off the balance of stacked carbohydrates on my plate.