Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner: Thanksgiving Top Ten


Thanksgiving is upon us! This year has flown by and some turkeys may have not been fast enough to get away from being the centerpiece of this holiday’s meal. Interestingly enough wild turkeys can fly short distances of up to 55 miles per hour. Of course, readers are here to talk about more than just turkeys. In this article, The Record Delta will review the ten most popular Thanksgiving dishes.

No matter what source for the top 10 dishes for Thanksgiving, it seems to be that number 1 is… drum roll please… the turkey! How could anyone have Thanksgiving without the star of the show? County Living who gathered the list of the top ten Thanksgiving foods from around the country concurs with other sources that Turkey (and gravy) are definitely number one for Thanksgiving dishes. County Living also shared that Turkey can be prepared in many ways including oven roasted fried or smoked but that the best way is roasted with brines, rubs or herbs.

Coming in at number two on the list is stuffing or dressing as some call it. Again, County Living provided some details saying that, “some insist on actually cooking it in the bird, but we think they both taste much better cooked separately.”

Mashed potatoes rank number three with Country Living claiming that it is best to keep it simple using russet potatoes, butter and cream. Although it was also mentioned that some prefer to have other forms of potatoes such as baked or gratin.

Next up is another potato dish… the classic sweet potato casserole. “Sweet potatoes are the embodiment of a delicious, warming fall meal and some form of sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving essential. Is it a dessert? Is it a side dish? Who cares as long as it’s on the plate!” said Country Living.

Who can have Thanksgiving without the number five dish? Dinner rolls! The rolls can be used to soak up other items on a plate like gravy. Also, people can keep it simple by just bathing rolls in butter but Country Living calls them a “Thanksgiving necessity.”

Number six is corn which can be prepared in a variety of ways. Corn can be utilized to make creamed corn, corn casserole, corn fritters or corn salad. Country Living also shared a recipe for Nana’s Famous Corn Pudding that can be viewed by visiting Country Living and searching their recipe selection!

Cranberry sauce is number seven on the list. There is some debate on using canned or sauce from scratched but either way it is a staple for Thanksgiving dinner. Country Living suggests trying a recipe that includes adding orange zest and thyme for a pop of flavor!

Coming in at number eight is green beans. One of the most commonly made dishes for Thanksgiving is green bean casserole. Country Living commented that since Thanksgiving side-dishes can be heavy on the carbs, it is nice to have something green on the table.

Creamy mac and cheese ranks at number nine. It is both kid and adult friendly. County Living said to make mac and cheese “clean your plate tasty” to add a packet of butter crackers and dry ranch seasoning.

Finally, number ten is the classic Thanksgiving dessert of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is traditional, yummy and perfect with whipped cream topping.

So, there it is, the Thanksgiving Top Ten. Let us not forget to be thankful and grateful for our many blessings. Below is also a quote from George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation that was made on October 3, 1789. “Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26 day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is or that will be.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

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