Our Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

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It’s nearly that time of year again–good old Thanksgiving. It is perhaps the only holiday that I can say, no holds barred, never disappoints. Now, I don’t mean to imply that tomorrow your Thanksgiving won’t be filled with uncomfortable conversations (re: Donald Trump), and older relatives over-serving themselves on the alcohol front. But, it will also undoubtedly be filled with scrumptious dishes to make the whole thing worthwhile.

Here are the dishes that we at BTRtoday call our absolute favorites, and look forward to eating all year long:

Kimberly: I’ve always been a fan of sides: Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, baked cinnamon apples, cheesy cauliflower. I know it sounds like a Boston Market side meal, which is a thing and yes, I have shamefully ordered it in the past. But it’s comfortable and yummy. What more could a vegetarian ask for?

Taia: On Thanksgiving, my mother bakes slivers of sweet potato covered in red pepper flakes and herbs with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The result is a crispy and delicious combination of sweet and savory. This is unlike most Thanksgiving sweet potato dishes: soggy and watery masses of orange starch, drowning in marshmallows, brown sugar, or maple syrup. One soggy, watery mass of orange in America is more than enough. 

Simon: I love all the food that comes around on Thanksgiving and other holidays, but the one I like the most is probably ratatouille. Ratatouille is a dish made with vegetables and tomato sauce, and then roasted in the oven. It has a really fresh, natural taste to it and looks just as good as it tastes.

The real fun comes in preparing it. It’s one of the first dishes I made for Thanksgiving, so it has a special place in my heart. Cooking it is an art just as much as it is a science, and I always look forward to making an autumn plate of food.

Elena: My absolute favorite dish for Thanksgiving is my grandma’s sweet potatoes: sweet potato pie? Like, it’s not a pie, it’s mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and delicious magical shit in it and, of course, love! And it’s topped with perfectly roasted marshmallows. It’s like I’m eating dinner and dessert at the same time. I used to get extra heaping spoonfuls of it when I was little and hide all my veggies under the portion I didn’t eat…Who am I kidding, I still do that. 

Joe: Everyone enjoys homemade delicacies like stuffing, yams, pumpkin pie, and of course, turkey. But where’s the love for the artifice? Shouldn’t we be giving thanks to the unnatural preservatives and packaged foods that satiate us all year round?

You know how when you were young your mom would coax you to eat vegetables or another gross thing by saying something along the lines of “C’mon, it tastes just like candy!” Cranberry sauce IS candy. Artificial as shit, sweet, tart, straight out of the can. Still shaped like the can, if possible, aluminum ridges and all. Pass me a spoon and let me go to work.