America’s Top Ranked Thanksgiving Dishes


Thanksgiving is approaching and during this time, it is tradition to take an opportunity to reflect on what we are thankful for: friends, family, taxes, and most importantly, food. Thanksgiving Dinners across America consist of many different dishes, but which ones are the most famous?

Ranker, a website claimed as one of the largest databases of opinions polled thousands of Americans asking them to rank their favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Without further ado, here is the list of America’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes.


#1 Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are prepared by mashing boiled potatoes and usually mixed in with milk, butter, salt and pepper. It’s a classic dish that is usually eaten with dinners all year long making them a safe side that everyone can enjoy.




#2 Stuffing

According to Merriam-Webster, Stuffing is “a seasoned mixture that is typically placed inside the cavity of a turkey, pepper, etc. and cooked.” Stuffing usually consists of bread crumbs, vegetables, and butter. When it is stuffed inside the turkey, the juices from the turkey will absorb into the mixture and make it expand. Who would’ve known that shoving bread and other seasonings inside a dead bird would turn out to make America’s 2nd most favorite Thanksgiving dish?


#3 Gravy

Gravy is made of dripping juices from cooked meat and thickened with wheat, flour, or corn starch. It’s typically served with mashed potatoes but it’s also usually served with biscuits and meatloaf. To be completely objective and non-biased, mashed potatoes are boring without gravy.



#4 Bread

For those of you that don’t know, bread is a baked good made from flour, water and yeast mixed together. Bread is always a safe option (unless you have a gluten allergy) for any meal. It is usually served as an appetizer and is eaten by itself or spread with butter.




#5 Macaroni and Cheese

Colloquially known as Mac’ N Cheese, macaroni and cheese, is made from cooked macaroni pasta and -wait for it- cheese. It’s a simple recipe but a dish loved by millions around the world. Eating mac n’ cheese typically brings people a sense of nostalgia because it was something we all usually ate as children. “I remember as a kid I would eat mac n’ cheese every day and I never got sick of it,” says Juan Pajarito. “You can never go wrong with mac n’ cheese.”



#6 Crescent Rolls

Unlike croissants, crescent rolls are less flaky and have more of a homemade roll texture. They’re easy to bake and provide many different combinations. Pillsbury, one of the world’s largest producers of grain, say that they “are picky-eater approved! [You can] Enjoy them as a perfect side or use to make pigs in a blanket, a taco crescent ring, or to top your next pot pie.”





#7 Green Bean Casserole

Don’t like eating green beans? Well, green bean casseroles typically don’t taste like green beans. The dish consists of cream of mushroom soup, french fried onions, and green beans. Everyone loves to eat vegetables that don’t really taste like vegetables and this casserole is the perfect dish.




#8 Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce/jelly/relish is made from squashing cranberries. This side can liven up your Thanksgiving plate and give you a break from all the salty foods, bringing in elements of citrus and tartness to your meal.






#9 Buttermilk Biscuits

No description is needed. They’re buttermilk biscuits this is a no brainer.






#10 Green beans

Don’t like eating green beans? They’re still ending up on the dinner table anyways. You’ll never escape green beans. They’re served with chicken, pork, steak, or fish in everyday meals and now you can enjoy them with turkey. Not to mention that they’re really healthy containing vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and a decent amount of calcium.


When asked around campus, students generally agreed with the list but were unhappy that some of their own favorites did not make the cut.

“Cranberry sauce reminds me of the jelly in my belly button and it really doesn’t taste that great,” says Ayraden Finton. “I would replace it with cornbread any day of the week.”

Some other dishes that students prefer include:

Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, deviled eggs, cream corn, peanut butter pie, buffalo chicken dip, ham, pumpkin pie, hashbrown casserole, ox tongue, lamb head, jalapeno casserole, and dressing with oysters and raisins.