I’m kicking off our week by causing all sorts of trouble over here again with another edition of TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE but this time…it’s all about THANKSGIVING FOODS!
If you missed my last post, I shared my Top Five, Bottom Five MOVIES with you ladies and it was…um…controversial and highly opinionated to say the least 😉 . If you missed that post and want to see which movies I think are underrated and which ones are overrated…make sure you read it HERE.
Today, it’s all about the biggest meal of the year. You guys, Andrew and I were DYING at our answers! I wrote this blog post, and then called him at work and asked him to name his. He rattled his off quickly, and we could not stop laughing…then we started arguing…and then laughing some more.
Needless to say, we were both pretty passionate about our answers.
I have listed Andrew’s Top Five, Bottom Five at the bottom of this post for you to see as well. Who is right? Who is wrong? What do you think?
Now…just to repeat what I said in the original post, we are talking about my TOP FIVE Thanksgiving foods that are perhaps a bit under appreciated but super fantastic and then my BOTTOM FIVE Thanksgiving foods that so many people love that I think are overrated and not that great. I make all of these recipes and certainly eat them all on the big day because, well, no one has tacos out, so what else could I eat?! Buuuuut that doesn’t mean I don’t think some are highly overrated. Really? You’re getting excited about _____?
It’s about to get real feisty.
Here we go, in reverse order here are my TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE THANKSGIVING FOODS…
Why is ham not the star of the show? Ham is always tender. Ham is always the same color (no white or dark meat here). Ham is delicious smoked, honey-baked, hot or cold. Ham is amazing. You’re not up at 4:00 AM basting ham. Ham is easy. Ham wants to come to the party. Ham is happy to be there and never lets you down. Ham should take no backseat to that dry bird where all 45 people at the party fight over what…like two drumsticks. I love ham.
4: SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
Top it with marshmallows, pecans, streusel…whatever…it’s good. It’s slightly sweet, it’s a little spicy, it’s perfect served with savory fare and sweet too. It’s like a bonus side that you typically don’t get on a normal weeknight but extra fabulous on Thanksgiving. I love it.
3: PUMPKIN PIE
I feel like this pie always gets shortchanged. It is my FAVORITE pie so why is it only served at Thanksgiving? It’s creamy. It’s light. It’s not too sweet. It makes a great breakfast with a cup of coffee too. Pumpkin pie is amazing hot, cold, with whipped topping, ice cream or by itself. I vote we start enjoying it year around. Nothing says July 4th like pumpkin pie, right?! I know you guys feel me on this. Pumpkin pie is absluletly delicious.
2: CORN CASSEROLE
Yes, yes, YES for corn casserole! I know A LOT of casseroles will be plopped down on that Thanksgiving table, but to me, the corn casserole is the best. Cheesy, buttery, maybe a little spicy too? I could skip all of the other food and just eat a bowl of this. I don’t care who makes it or what version they bring, I want this on my plate. Extra points if there is some sort of buttery cracker crumb topping baked on.
And my #1 TOP THANKSGIVING FOOD…
1: PECAN PIE
Yesssssssss! Why are people so weird about pecan pie? Like legit, some people get HORRIFIED expressions when I offer them a slice. “I don’t eat nuts”. Yeah, it’s a “nut” if you call crunchy goodness baked in pie shell with loads of sugar and Karo syrup just a nut. UM, IT’S DELICIOUS. People who “aren’t nut people” (which I really don’t understand these people?!) get all sorts of freaked out when offered a piece. Pecan pie is FREAKING AMAZING. The consistency is like candy but better. It’s crunchy. It’s sweet. It has that delicious top that goes perfectly with the buttery crust. Um, it’s the best! I could eat the corn and have a slice of pie and call it a holiday.
Buuuuuuut there are a few dishes on Thanksgiving I don’t really understand.
These would be my…
5: GREENBEAN CASSEROLE
I’m not saying I hate it. I will absolutely put some on my plate, but isn’t it a bit…odd. We wait all year long to eat canned green beans with cream of mushroom soup and fake onions baked together until they’re mushy? Why? Do we love it or are we checking some sort of “vegetable” box, so we feel better about all the casseroles and pies we’re eating that day? Spoiler alert: I don’t think this really counts as a veggie.
4: CRANBERRY SAUCE
Again, I don’t hate it…but I don’t really understand its universal appeal. Trust me, I’ll add it to my turkey as an attempt to make it less dry and unappealing, but really, why the can? I have certain family members that only want it if it’s shaped like it slid right out of the can. What’s happening, people? This is our biggest food holiday of the year, and we’re required to put one of the lesser consumed fruits on our table in gelatin form shaped like a can?
3: MASHED POTATOES
I cannot get behind this trend. This is where my attitude shifts from “I like it but don’t understand it to, what the actual heck is happening”. Mashed potatoes are amazing. They’re fabulous. When did they get put on the Thanksgiving table? I feel like we have rolls, sweet potato casserole, dressing and such, so why are we bringing our normal Monday night side to the table too? I just think it’s too “normal” to be considered Thanksgiving-y. This is normal food. If we’re now putting “normal food” on the Thanksgiving table, can someone please put tacos out?
Nope, nope, nope. It’s dry. It’s too high-maintenance. Everyone fights over the white meat or the drumstick…it’s literally a 20 pound bird and my entire family fights over 8 ounces. I do not understand turkey’s appeal. It’s also like a health food of sorts. It reminds me of kale. Or salmon. You know, when people are trying to make things “healthy” they sub ground beef for ground turkey. “Yeah, I made burgers but they were TURKEY burgers, so they weren’t that bad for us”. Turkey burgers aren’t nearly as good as beef burgers and turkey isn’t as good as ham. Or tacos. I pass on this every single year. While you guys are up in the middle of the night basting, I’m going to sleep in, watch the parade and enjoy my ham and corn at lunch.
And in my opinion, the most OVERRATED THANKSGIVING FOOD is…
And you know I’m right.
Listen, I love to make “dressings” that are basically meaty, cheesy, flavorful casseroles, but I’m talking about basic stuffing. Basic, everyone makes it, always served stuffing. It’s soggy bread baked in the oven. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. My husband lives for stuffing. What am I missing? No matter who makes it (and again, not ‘fancy’ stuffing, normal stuff), it’s just okay. Let’s be real here, if stuffing was as good as say A TACO, we would eat it year around. The fact that we only eat “this amazing Thanksgiving side” one day a year should really speak volumes. This is another big pass for me.
So, when I called Andrew at work and asked him what his TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE THANKSGIVING FOODS were, he immediately said these…
#5: PUMPKIN PIE
#4: FIVE BEAN CASSEROLE
#3: MASHED POTATOES
#4: MACARONI AND CHEESE
#3: ANY SORT OF GREEN OR FRUIT SALAD
#2: CRANBERRY SAUCE
You guys, I was laughing so hard! I mean…we agree on a few things, but basically, we are complete opposites. Just look at his top three and his bottom one. Bahahahaha!
Now, the Five Bean Casserole is one of my faves too. His parents make it every year, and I love it, but I don’t think it’s a common side, so I didn’t add it to my list.
Andrew was VERY passionate about his answers as was I, and now, we want to hear what YOU think!
Spill it…what’s your TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE. I want to know!!! xx