My Five Least Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

We have given Honeybeast a hard time. Now I will give you a chance to give me a hard time. Here are my-in no particular order-least favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

1. Green bean casserole. Didn’t eat it but a couple times growing up. The big kids and Denise love it. There is nothing offensive about it but shrug. Not a favorite-besides you can have it at other holidays. Actually, it would be ok, if no green veggie made it to my Thanksgiving table. (Though in honor of our vegetarian boy, sometimes vegan boy, who won’t actually be here-we have “Surprisingly Good Salad” on Thanksgiving…and like it)

2. Gravy. Huh? I don’t get it. At all. I buy a jar, because I care so little about it that it doesn’t seem worth the last minute prep. (Though I can make gravy just fine. Thanks. No, your special recipe won’t change my mind.) It harkens back to Saturday morning tv and “Don’t drown your food…” (This may be related to the fact that I don’t serve #4 on this list on Thanksgiving. I like gravy on my mashed potatoes-sometimes)

3. Pies. Already mentioned this though I do like a slice of pumpkin pie. I adore a piece of mincemeat pie-though not enough to actually make it and have everyone grouch. The rest of the pie parade? Save them for the rest of the year.

4. Mashed potatoes. Who came up with MASHED POTATOES for Thanksgiving? I had never even heard of such until about 10 years ago. Mashed potatoes aren’t special. They are an every day food.

5. Macaroni and Cheese. Again. Not a special Thanksgiving food-that is normal fare.


  1. Gravy?! But gravy is like liquid salt. So lovely and delicious. I think the ‘don’t drown your food’ rule can be excepted on Thanksgiving, don’t you?

    For us, baked potatoes are everyday food. Mashed is special.

    My grandmother would make mincemeat pie. As a result of being born in West Virginia in 1901 she ate some really weird stuff. So between that and Klondike Kat saying, ‘I’ll make mincemeat out of that mouse,’ I always thought mincemeat pie was made from mice. So I’ve never eaten it.

  2. Oooo, I love good mincemeat. Real or otherwise.

    I agree with you except on the mashed potatoes and gravy. Nothing better than really good flavorful gravy.

  3. Okay, I agree with Sharon!! Gravy is the only reason for mashed potatoes, rice, dressing, etc. But I love her “gravy is like liquid salt”. I’m gonna use that somewhere!!
    I agree with the mac and cheese. Don’t like it. But I am forced by my fam to make it every year!! They love it!!
    Maybe I’ll start putting gravy on it!! πŸ™‚

  4. Gravy? From a JAR? I’d rather do without. If I didn’t make gravy, my family would riot. But as my mother says, I make a “righteous” gravy.

    Leftover gravy goes into the turkey and dressing soup that we have for dinner on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. (The Friday after is traditionally reserved for Chinese take-out.)

    I agree with you on the Mac and Cheese. It’s never been a traditional Thanksgiving dish in my family either. But last year when I decreed that everybody needed to cook a dish instead of lazing around and waiting for me to announce that I am completely exhausted dinner is ready, my youngest son decided that he was making Mac and Cheese. Shrug. I’m not cooking it at least.

  5. Things I might like on Christmas or some other holiday and sometimes appear on Thanksgiving and it gives me the creeps:

    1. Ambrosia
    2. Green fluffy stuff with pistachios, jell-o, cool whip
    3. Cherry Pie

    P.S. You might really like a recipe called Pilgrim Pie on the “Mennonite Girls Can Cook” website. It is like a fresh mincemeat pie. It sounds delicious!

  6. I can give up the other three, but gravy and pie are essential for Thanksgiving.

  7. I would have to disagree with you on the gravy, however I fully agree with the green bean casserole assessment. I never in my life heard of eating mac and cheese on Thanksgiving! Yikes!!!

  8. I’m married to an avowed gravy-hater. To me, gravy is a sauce that helps make up for the overly-dry turkey.
    One thing I like and don’t get to have is what I call ‘fluff.’ The stuff that gets pistachios from ‘other-people, not me.’ It’s sometimes thought of as food for funeral luncheons.

  9. I don’t like gravy and I don’t make pies for Thanksgiving but I LOVE mashed potatoes if done right, by this I mean with whipping cream and lots of butter.

    I’m allergic to mushrooms so I make a green bean casserole different. I use green beans (french cut), homemade alfredo sauce, cheese on top and bacon. It’s so good!!! There is never any left.

  10. If you REALLY believe in β€œDon’t drown your food in ketchup and mustard and goo!” — then how do you explain cranberry sauce? Cranberry sauce is TOTALLY goo. Whereas gravy is not goo. It is gooD.

    I love a good Thanksgiving food fight. But I’m with you on the mac and cheese. Unless it has oysters in it, of course. (Joking. Totally joking. I think.)

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