Thanksgiving is one of those special holidays where we give thanks for everything great it our lives, which is a lot when you put things into perspective. It also marks the beginning of the intense rush for Christmas shopping, a true American capitalists tradition. There is so much to love like the Macy's Parade, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions football games, and of course being able to stuff your face till you pass out. Here is one person's opinion on the best of Thanksgiving Day foods.
Seriously, could anything else be number one. Turkey is good all the time, turkey sandwiches are a staple in many people's diets, but the over-sized roasted type typically only happens once a year for most families. Thanksgiving turkey is good from the first bite to the last bite of leftovers.
Stuffing is to turkey what Yin is to Yang, Laurel is to Hardy, Peanut Butter is to Jelly. No matter what you put into it or recipe you use, it always seems to be that perfect compliment to the meal.
3. Mashed Potatoes
I'm not sure what's better, the taste or the texture, but all together it is darn good. Butter, garlic, and gravy all help to bring out the natural wholesome flavor of some whipped up spuds and the creamy melt in your mouth sensation makes this a top ten food for sure.
It's a shame that gravy isn't used more often in everyday menus, but that's probably a good thing for cholesterol levels. But on Thanksgiving when all the health rules are out the window, feel free to use this wonderful sauce extremely liberally.
5. Cranberry Sauce
Cranberries by themselves aren't the best food in the world, but on thanksgiving as a sauce, man you got a winner! Not sure who thought of trying it out as a condiment for turkey, but I am sure glad they did.
6. Candied Yams
Sweet and delicious, it's like having dessert for dinner. The warm, soft, and flavorful gourd is a must have at Thanksgiving.
7. Pumpkin Pie
One of the best types of pies out there and perfect for Thanksgiving. The thickness of it and that touch of cinnamon are a perfect way to end the smorgasbord.
8. Sweet Potatoes
Yet another food that doesn't get made enough and makes it's presence felt during Holiday feasts. The natural sweet aroma and taste must have been loved by both Pilgrims and Indians.
9. Dinner Rolls
Each year I tell myself that I won't fill up on dinner rolls before eating the other good foods, but every year I fail to listen to my own advice. They are just so delicious.
Not a tradition in every family (probably because it's quite a lot of work), but when part of the dinner it is a perfect compliment. It's got everything in it to make you Jolly, just in time for Christmas!
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