Thanksgiving Meal Favorites (and a few thing you would rather not see again…)

Thank you to everyone who share your Thanksgiving favorites (and least favorites) with us! Here are your most and least favorite Thanksgiving dishes (keep scrolling to the end for a few shared stories as well):

 

  • Most favorite: sweet potato casserole with SO MANY MARSHMALLOWS – Least favorite: dressing!
  • Favorite Thanksgiving dish is fresh ham with pineapple – Least favorite is green bean casserole
  • Favorite: oyster dressing – Least favorite: creamed pearl onions
  • Most favorite, my wife’s home cooked stuffing. It’s delicious. – Least favorite, my fathers giblet gravy. He thinks it’s the slickest dish ever. The rest of us only eat it to make him happy. Yuck.
  • Favs: Sweet potato anything, pumpkin anything, salad with lots of veggies and pomegranate seeds, STUFFING! – Least fav: turkey…I have always disliked turkey and then I raised turkeys and now I just can’t. They stink (literally) and that’s all I can smell when it’s cooking YUCK!”
  • Favorite: pumpkin pie – Least favorite: green bean casserole
  • Cranberry sauce is favorite. – No least favorite!
  • Cranberry sauce in the can- it is only eaten by the elders, as the rest of us will not touch it 😁
  • My mom used to make oyster dressing every year. I always loved the part made out of crushed saltines drenched with butter, but the actual oysters… *shudder *. So rubbery and blech.
  • Sunset magazine’s overnight soft herb rolls are my very fav dish. Boiled and mashed turnips are my most hated dish.
  • I love Thanksgiving dishes, the sweet potatoes with the just perfect marshmallows toasted on top, the cranberries, the olives, everything!
  • I’m not a vegetarian but honestly the turkey is the tiniest portion on my plate and if it weren’t there for everyone else I would just make everything else for me!!  The only Thanksgiving dish I didn’t like was if the green bean casserole is made from really soft green beans.  It’s just too mushy 🤢 But with fresh green beans not over cooked…amazing!”
  • Most favorite: Mash potatoes and gravy  – Least Favorite: Oyster dressing
  • Most favorite: Cranberries – Least Favorite: Stuffing
  • Favorite, which I’m notorious for in my family: Canned Ocean Spray cranberry sauce, which absolutely MUST have the lines from the can still on it. I even love that sucking sound it makes when it slides out of the can!
  • Favorite is the turkey – Least is the sweet potato dish with the little marshmallows on top.
  • Best: Cranberry salad, then Pecan pie!!
  • Most – Gravy on everything – Least favorite: Tofurkey
  • Favorite: mashed potatoes with gravy – Least favorite: Not a fan of stuffing.
  • Favorite: pumpkin pie! – Least favorite: tomato aspic, which is lemon Jell-o with canned tomatoes mixed in. (Yuck, right?) My dad always offered to bring it, until last year we finally had the nerve to tell him that none of us like it! Apparently, many years ago, my father-in-law complimented my dad on his tomato aspic dish, and ever since then, Dad assumed we all liked it!
  • Favorite: Turkey – Least favorite: Brussels Sprouts
  • Favorite: roasted Brussels sprouts – Least Favorite: Mashed Potatoes
  • Least favorite – sweet potatoes with marshmallows, also green beans with those weird canned fried onions on top. Why spoil two great vegetables so much?
  • Pumpkin pie and whipped cream for sure❤️ And the joy of family around the table❤️
  • Mashed potatoes and stuffing are probably my favorite foods. “Yucky yams” is the food that I will NOT eat. You know, the sweet potato casserole made with canned yams, brown sugar and butter with marshmallows on top. Yuck! 🤣 the latter is probably Jon’s favorite, though we don’t make it anymore.
  • It’s stuffing…no funny story, I just don’t like it.
  • Favorite: stuffing – Least – boiled onions
  • Most: apple cranberry pie – Least: dressing with oysters
  • I never liked the squash my mother served, but I loved her curried fruit!
  • Canned squash made me gag.
  • Most: homemade apple pie with whipped cream – Least: When I was a kid, green bean casserole with crunchy onions on top. I don’t eat or make it as an adult.
  • Favorite sweet potatoes – Least gizzards n things
  • Jell-O salad with canned fruit.
  • I love gravy fortified with mole’.
  • Turkey is my favorite & I don’t have a least favorite traditional dish.🦃
  • So many people ruin good sweet potatoes with syrupy whatever and top it with toasted marshmallows! Yuck!
  • Boiled brussel sprouts
  • My least favorite Thanksgiving dish is actually turkey.  I just never got excited about the taste of turkey.  Growing up, my extended family would all gather at an aunts house.  We had both a mid-day meal, the turkey, and later the evening meal, ham.  I loved the ham!!  My favorite!
  • Least favorite – canned yams with marshmallows melted on top – yuck!  I love candied yams, but not those fake interlopers!
  • Favorite – Gramma’s pumpkin pie recipe – sooo yummy!
  • I’m fond of stuffing. Thumbs down to sweet potatoes with marshmallows.
  • Favorite: pumpkin pie! – Least favorite: tomato aspic, which is lemon Jell-o with canned tomatoes mixed in. (Yuck, right?) My dad always offered to bring it, until last year we finally had the nerve to tell him that none of us like it! Apparently, many years ago, my father-in-law complimented my dad on his tomato aspic dish, and ever since then, Dad assumed we all liked it!
  • Favorite: mole (over gravy) covered turkey – Least favorite: cranberry sauce
  • Best: Green bean casserole w/xtra crispy onions and cranberry sauce OUT OF A CAN!!!” – Least: Any kind of dark meat turkey especially the legs and yams
  • Most favorite: stuffing with gravy – Least favorite: pumpkin pie
  • Favorite…cornbread stuffing – Least…cranberries
  • Favorite is stuffing – Least favorite: corn, dumped from a can.  Seriously!
  • I live the baked cranberries served with cream cheese that are a tradition in my family.  My kids call every year to review how to make them😊. And I HATE candied yams. Yuck.
  • Favorite: sweet potatoes with apricots and pecans – Least favorite: deviled eggs
  • Mashed potatoes
  • I never liked the squash my mother served, but I loved her curried fruit!
  • Once a friend who was an experienced cook volunteered to do the turkey and only after several hours realized he had never taken the oven off of the “Preheat” setting producing a turkey that was nearly raw on one side and scorched on the other.
  • I live the baked cranberries served with cream cheese that are a tradition in my family.  My kids call every year to review how to make them😊. And I HATE candied yams. Yuck.
  • My mom used to make oyster dressing every year. I always loved the part made out of crushed saltines drenched with butter, but the actual oysters… *shudder *. So rubbery and blech.
  • Favorite is squash casserole – I really don’t have any least favorite dishes
  • Favorite dish..stuffing with sausage, apples, celery, onions, seasonings..yum – Least favorite.whole cranberry sauce
  • I never liked the squash my mother served, but I loved her curried fruit!
  • Pumpkin pie and whipped cream for sure❤️ And the joy of family around the table❤️
  • Spinach Dip with clams. Whole cranberries. – Not really fond of the Three Bean Casserole.

 

Stories you shared with us:

 

“Once a friend who was an experienced cook volunteered to do the turkey and only after several hours realized he had never taken the oven off of the “Preheat” setting producing a turkey that was nearly raw on one side and scorched on the other.”

 

“I got very creative, as a child, at hiding the food that revolted me but I was expected to eat. I would line my pockets with napkins so that I could slip slimy vegetables into them without telltale stains. I would take my shoes off at the table and drop disgusting-to-me food into them as well, then nonchalantly carry them away after the meal was over. I would drop things into the nearest potted plants in the room, mostly the overcooked vegetables because they were less likely to be discovered later. Excusing myself to go to the bathroom with a carefully disguised mouthful of unchewed food was another ploy. One time I slipped some mushy broccoli under the tablecloth and the table pad and forgot about it. Months later my mom went to remove the table pad and found the moldy broccoli, adhered to the wood of the table, ruining the finish. I secretly considered it karmic justice. Needless to say, learning how to cook and enjoy eating vegetables has been a life’s journey for me.”

 

“Once a friend who was an experienced cook volunteered to do the turkey and only after several hours realized he had never taken the oven off of the “Preheat” setting producing a turkey that was nearly raw on one side and scorched on the other.”

 

“My mother’s folks would make pies, mincemeat and pumpkin.  I always loved the pumpkin pies, probably because I would watch my big, strong, grandfather in the carpenters apron he wore in the kitchen, fork in the pocket designed for a pencil, making the dough for the crusts and then the pies themselves.  I learned early that men can cook too!  (All British style cooking, boil everything to death, salt and pepper the only seasonings.  But, men can cook!)”

 

“In taking turkey out of oven getting ready to carve, fork got stabbed into turkey,  lifted up to go onto tray, but instead, slid off fork sliding gracefully across my kitchen floor…”