Are you ready?
We’re already thinking about all the goodies to come this time of year, yet there’s always that one food especially that we can’t stop thinking about. It steals our heart, frankly. And what about you — Main dish? Side? Dessert? Something stranger than fiction?
We asked around America’s Test Kitchen on what (regardless of logic) floats their boat on Thanksgiving. Some of the beloved dishes and eating experiences:
Pecan pie, by far. I spent a lot of my childhood wearing braces, so for too many Thanksgivings, I went pecan pie-less. That, coupled with the fact that — come on, it’s clearly the best pie in the Thanksgiving dessert field — makes me yearn for it pretty much constantly nowadays. Gotta make up for lost dessert time!
It’s not a tradition in my family, but something weird I really dig — it’s a molded cranberry salad made with fresh chopped cranberries, celery, pecans or walnuts, and (ew) raspberry Jell-o. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
For me, the post-Thanksgiving open-faced hot turkey sandwich outshines the meal on the actual holiday: a slice of white toast topped with a scoop of stuffing, white and dark meat over that, the plate flooded with an extravagant portion of gravy, plus cranberry sauce (which needn’t be homemade, but it does have to have the whole berries) on the side.
Personally, I have this odd attraction to mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy that is all mixed together and eaten with a spoon like it’s a thick stew. I have been known to eat that combo every day for a week.
And now for the Silly Question of the Day…
What dish(es) are you irrationally attached to at Thanksgiving?
Leave your silly answer in the comments!