The 60 Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes

Have you purchased your Thanksgiving turkey yet?

In case you haven’t, here’s a helpful tip:  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRESH AND FROZEN TURKEY is negligible.  Some people would say that Fresh is always better… but if you’re one of those, you’ll need to keep in mind that a FRESH turkey must be cooked within 2 days of being purchased, according to the USDA’s guidelines on food safety.  A frozen turkey make take days to thaw properly (figure about 1 day for every 4-5 pounds) — so if you were to start your frozen turkey thaw now, you should be good to go for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As for those who thought they’d go out and have already purchased their fresh, unfrozen turkey — they may want to be sure to keep that thing on ice for another day or two before beginning the brining process.  Don’t want to give your Thanksgiving guests any food poisoning, do you?


Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America's Favorite Holiday with America's Thanksgiving Expert
Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America’s Favorite Holiday with America’s Thanksgiving Expert

So aside from turkey, what else are you planning on serving your guests for Thanksgiving dinner?

If it’s anything similar to the list of 60 THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES THAT MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY, then maybe you’ve gone a bit too traditional in your holiday meal planning.

Let’s take a look at what the TOP TEN THANKSGIVING DISHES are from that list:

  1. Cranberry sauce
  2. Sage and sausage stuffing
  3. Mashed potatoes
  4. Sweet potato casserole
  5. Green bean casserole
  6. Roasted squash with mint and pumpkin seeds
  7. Farro salad with oven-roasted grapes and autumn greens
  8. Balsamic roasted root vegetables
  9. Quinoa, fennel, and pomegranate salad
  10. Spiced glazed carrots

So looking at this list, we can see that whoever compiled it started out really strong with the first 5 items, and then it all went to gastronomic hell with funkiness, at least as numbered lists go.

We would have been fine if they hadn’t put numbers into each list item.  Brussels sprouts would have appeared much higher if this was supposed to be a ranking.  Biscuits didn’t make a showing until the 40’s.

Web Watch is keeping things easy this year: nothing but turkey.  Makes cleanup easier, and cuts down all those carbs that are better used by various alcoholic beverages.   What are your plans for favorite holiday dishes this year?