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Top 10 Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Close your eyes and envision your family’s traditional Thanksgiving Day spread.

My guess is that you saw an array of standards, with one or two dishes that only your family serves. The anticipation for that glorious day is weighing heavy on all college students because, well…we don’t always get to eat delicious, homemade meals. And Thanksgiving is when mom or grandma or dad or a combination of relatives bring their cooking “A” game to keep everyone satisfied.

It is certainly no secret that college students and Thanksgiving go together quite well. In honor of that bond, here are some rankings of each mouth-watering dish you’ll devour in the week ahead:

(Rankings were formulated based on frequency of consumption year-round, table presence and general notoriety, but really this is an excuse for a fat guy to write about food.)

10. Corn

It sounds pretty weak, but a small helping of corn usually rounds out an already-full plate. Corn doesn’t always make the cut on T-Day though. We’ll just leave it at number 10 and get to the good stuff. Stupid vegetables.

9. Dinner Rolls

Not much to say here. I like ’em, you like ’em, and we always eat one too many.

8. Mashed Potatoes

Okay, you can’t have Thanksgiving without a big bowl of mashed potatoes, but they also frequent many other dinners throughout the year. More importantly, instant mashed potatoes have made it easy for all college students to enjoy the infamous side dish when they actually cook. Homemade mashed potatoes kick ass though.

7. Green Bean Casserole

This is a heck of a dish to have on Turkey Day, but not everyone likes it. I don’t know how frequently this is made throughout the year, and I don’t know if it always makes the cut for the Thanksgiving feast. Table presence is certainly a bonus for this dish, though.

6. Sweet Potatoes

Not a fan. Although, I don’t recall neglecting these at other meals.

5. Cranberry Sauce

This dish always makes me think of Thanksgiving. Again, not a fan (you wouldn’t be either if you ate some at a young age while under the impression that it was Jell-O). But its color really adds to the meal.

4. Gravy

Oh yeah.

3. Turkey

Thought it would be number one, huh? Well, it is the main focus of the meal, but think about other times during the year that you eat turkey. It might not be a lot, but there are a few other instances when you’re probably chowing on the bird.

2. Pumpkin Pie

Always a treat. You have to wait through a whole meal and some digestion (or indigestion), but it’s always worth it. Pumpkin pie that’s served during any other season besides fall seems odd, which is why you don’t see it on the menu too often for Christmas or anytime in the spring.

1. Stuffing (or Filling)

I’m still not one hundred percent sure what’s in stuffing, but I know two things are certain: it’s delicious and my mother makes the best. A true Thanksgiving dish.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Did one not make the list? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Shawn Christ

I am a junior majoring in print journalism. I am American. I am a Lion.

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