Thanksgiving is a day to forget whatever diet you’re on and embrace the incredible spread on the table before you. That juicy roasted turkey. The flavorful herbed stuffing, and those perfectly mashed sweet potatoes that taste lighter than air. Yes, Thanksgiving day, and the feast used to celebrate it, give us plenty to be thankful for.
But even this beautiful meal we’ve waited all year to dig into is flawed. We can admit it! We have yet to meet someone who likes every dish equally. And if you’re mentally running through what dish you would rather stay at the opposite end of the table, than we’re with you. You know that one dish — the one that threatens to disrupt the perfect blend of flavors you’ve formed on your plate. The one you can’t fathom how it makes the cut year after year. Although, it did come as a surprise when we found out how seriously disliked one of these well-known Thanksgiving dishes was.
Tradition sure is strong
Mashed conducted a survey of 555 people around the country and asked them which Thanksgiving day classic they’d happily never eat again, and a whopping 35 percent of people chose this staple. The winner (or, loser perhaps) for the Thanksgiving dish liked the least was green bean casserole. We get it. Those limp green beans bathing in a pool of cream of mushroom soup isn’t the most visually appealing. And there are so many other scrumptious dishes to choose from. And if we must dutifully attempt to save room for dessert, then something needs to not meet our forks.
The survey also revealed an astonishing 17 percent of people who claimed they would live without the turkey, and nearly 14 percent of people said they would ditch the pies. Other dishes that wouldn’t be missed were cranberry sauce and ham.
If you’re wondering how green bean casserole has managed to keep its invitation to the feast every year, Jane Freiman, director of Campbell’s Consumer Test Kitchen, can explain. “I think tradition has kept it on the table,” she says (via Today). Tradition keeps a lot of things on the table. We’re guessing that’s why the Jello mold for dessert is still in existence as well.
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