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The 10 Best Foods to Have for Thanksgiving

Ankur Chawla | Monday, November 19, 2012


As everyone’s favorite festival of food is almost upon us, I felt it necessary to go through some of my favorite foods to eat on Thanksgiving Day.

10 – Turducken: This week’s episode of Chopped featuring Thanksgiving-themed ingredients had Turducken as one of the mystery basket ingredients and I was intrigued. Apparently, it is chicken stuffed in duck stuffed in a turkey. My mind was blown.

9 – Pizza: Every family has experienced the disaster Thanksgiving where the turkey catches fire or falls flat on the floor. Also for those of you stuck on campus for the holiday, pizza is never a bad alternative.

8 – Chinese Food: Always the contrarian, I have been known to partake in alternative Thanksgiving feasts flocking to the one type of restaurant open in my hometown, the local Chinese place. Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like Kung Pao Chicken.

7 – Mashed Potatoes: There is not much one can say about mashed potatoes, and yet everyone knows of its deliciousness and the fact that it is a turkey dinner staple. Be sure to make it fresh though, a boxed mash is a disappointing mess.

6 – Gravy: Without gravy, the potatoes, stuffing, turkey and biscuits create far too dry a dish. While some may say cranberry sauce solves this, the diversity of flavors, particularly one more compatible with potatoes is certainly a necessity.

5 – Stuffing: While not my personal favorite side, most people I have talked to have expressed their opinion that stuffing is the best part of Thanksgiving. I don’t see it, but I guess if you don’t have a duck and/or chicken to stuff a turkey with it works.

4 – Cranberry Sauce: I do not understand why cranberry sauce is not used on everything I eat, but someone declared that Thanksgiving is the one day a year where it is on my dinner table. I’m thankful for that.

3 – Pie: One of my favorite desserts, the beauty of pie is the countless varieties and seasonality of flavors. The best types for Thanksgiving include pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato. Pecan is my personal favorite if anyone is feeling generous and wants to share. 

2 – Turkey: It’s just not Thanksgiving without turkey. It’s definitely the “key” to a great Thanksgiving dinner.

1 – Biscuits: One of the most underappreciated parts of a Thanksgiving dinner, biscuits not only serve as the carb base of the meal but also the perfect breading for sandwiches made from leftovers. Not to mention they are delicious when done properly.