Thanksgiving is a time for family, traditions, and lots of great (and not-so-great) foods.
I've gone ahead and ranked them all (you're welcome) so you know which ones to leave space for on your divided styrofoam plates.
10. Cranberry Sauce
Let's start off with the grossest food. I know, I know, it's tradition to slice up a can of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce, but it's a tradition that most people would never notice if you just forgot to keep it for the rest of time.
9. Green Bean Casserole
I may be in the minority here, but I would much rather eat plain green beans than whatever combination of cream of something with crispy onions you're making into a casserole. Fresh green beans are great. Canned green beans are totally acceptable. Green bean casserole is just a waste of a casserole.
And let's be honest, it's the only green on the menu, so let's not camouflage that.
Gravy is a necessity on any Thanksgiving table, not because it's inherently good, but because turkey is inherently subpar, and yes, often dry. So while gravy would never be considered a good side on its own accord, it ranks middle of the road on Thanksgiving Day only.
As mentioned previously, turkey is just not that great, but I only eat it once a year, so it's fine. And leftover cold turkey with bbq sauce is great, so it has that going for it.
6. Mashed Potatoes
Don't get me wrong, mashed potatoes are great, and 364 days of the year I'll go for them, but with all the other delicious carby options at Thanksgiving, I do often skip over them to save room on my plate for the more special sides.
5. Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potato casserole is delicious, but I'm still not convinced that it's a side instead of a dessert. If there are candied nuts on top, it's a top-tier food. If it is covered in marshmallows, you may be uninvited to Thanksgiving next year.
Now we're getting to the good stuff(ing) or dressing, depending on what you call it. Both are perfectly acceptable in my book. Heck, I'll even eat a box of Stovetop Stuffing single-handedly.
There's really no bad way to do dressing, so this one is a winner.
Do we really need rolls as a side if our main side is just reheated bread crumbs? Yes, yes we do. Rolls are a totally different experience to stuffing, and should never, and I mean never, be overlooked. Once again, there's no such thing as a bad roll – homemade, take-n-bake, Hawaiian rolls – they're all acceptable, and yes, commendable options.
2. Pumpkin Pie
I only eat pumpkin pie once a year, and that's enough for me. But it's good enough that it ranks very high on the list. Extra whipped cream, please!
1. Mac n' Cheese
Macaroni and cheese may not scream Thanksgiving, but if you don't serve it for Thanksgiving all the children in your family may start screaming. It's universally loved, and many a child has survived Thanksgiving Day thanks to it. Only baked mac n cheese is acceptable.
There you have it! The 100% accurate, totally reliable ranking of Thanksgiving foods.
Now dig in and have a happy Thanksgiving!