For many, Thanksgiving is the ultimate food holiday. Although not everyone chooses to celebrate, those who do have high expectations for the dishes that make it to the table. The turkey must be juicy, the cranberry sauce must be sweet, and the pie must have a flakey crust fit for the gods. But for the picky eaters among us, Thanksgiving can be a trying time. This is the place to craft your perfect Thanksgiving meal—what is making it on your table?
The magic is in the toppings for both of these dishes. Green bean casserole features crispy fried onions and cheese, while sweet potato casserole wouldn't be complete without a layer of mini marshmallows. Together, these dishes are an appetizer, main course and dessert all in one. But which one can you not live without?
Stuffing is one of the dishes you rarely see outside of Thanksgiving. Some prefer a traditional cornbread and sausage combo, but stuffing is quite the malleable dish—replace cornbread with croissants and upgrade your sausage to chorizo and you've got yourself a dish. Meanwhile, yams are yet another strategy for putting dessert on the table before pie is served. Which one is better?
Let's be real, the bread is the real pièce de résistance of Thanksgiving. Perhaps you prefer a crescent or a classic buttered roll—have these ever led you astray? Others choose cornbread as the perfect pairing to the rest of their plate; there is no better vessel to soak up the drippings of your feast. Which bread is best?
Sure, they may both be orange and they may both have a puree base, but these two pies are distinct. Pumpkin pie is perfect for those who want the most out of their pies, as it is a welcome addition to any Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas festivity. Sweet potato pie, on the other hand, is light, airy, and an altogether different pie experience. Which one is your favorite?
Pecan pie is the savior of those who prefer chocolate over fruit. Add some semi-sweet chocolate chips and maybe a little bourbon to your recipe, and this pie is sure to disappear first. Apple pie, on the other hand, is best this time of year. You can't say no to apples fresh from the orchard. Which one is better?