Staff picks: Favorite (or least favorite) Thanksgiving food

Nobody doesn’t like Thanksgiving: we get to miss school, watch football, see family, and sometimes travel. But let’s be honest, if there’s one thing we’re all looking forward to, it’s the food.

I hate picking one thing. Seriously? It’s Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays next to Christmas, and my mom makes the best food. We have amazing turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams and really good rolls my sister and I jokingly call butts because they look like butts. But one thing I would not let touch these lips? Cranberry sauce. That’s the only thing I can think of that I don’t really like, and I cannot pick a favorite. [Taylor A. Johnson]

Probably the best food ever created is Thanksgiving food. My absolute favorite is easily stuffing. I honestly am not sure how to describe the deliciousness of stuffing. It’s just a brilliant creation. [Emily Price]

Most people look forward to that traditional turkey and dressing with a million casseroles, but not my family. Most years I get the traditional feast of southern comfort food, but for the past few years I’ve spent Thanksgiving with my Korean grandmother, who treats Thanksgiving as a way to showcase her Korean cooking. Last year we had rice and a spicy turkey dish with all kinds of Korean classics. However, my favorite Thanksgiving dish would have to be my other grandmother’s homemade yeast rolls. Either way, I love spending Thanksgiving with my family, no matter what we eat. [Katie Matthews]

I am one of the pickiest eaters on the planet. For a picky eater, Thanksgiving is not the ideal time for eating. I stick with one thing I know will never disappoint me, mac and cheese. My plate literally contains only mac and cheese, contrary to most people, who have plates overflowing with whatever food they can fit onto it. I used to have a roll with my mac and cheese until the sweater vest incident: when I was little, I was eating a roll with butter on it, and some of the butter dripped onto my favorite sweater vest and stained it. I have not been able to bring myself to eat a roll since then. [Zoey Line]

Every Thanksgiving, my family has to make apple turkeys, consisting of an apple punctured with gumdrop and marshmallow skewers to make the tail feathers, head, and feet. As fun as they are to make, however, I have never in all my 16 Thanksgivings actually eaten one. [Allie Gruszkiewicz]

I like Thanksgiving food… 🙂 [Ed Dudrick]

Everyone thinks that Turkey is the star food of Thanksgiving, when, really, the side dishes are the ones that everyone ends up obsessing over. Side dishes such as my mother’s incredible seven layer salad, comprised of lettuce, bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives, and two other ingredients that I can’t remember, will blow your mind away and leave you fat and happy. [Litza Craig]

I like food in general so Thanksgiving is high on my list of best holidays. It is really hard to choose my favorite of the various foods, but I would have to give it to the mashed potatoes. They are just so potato-y and…mashed. [Graham Benefiel]

Okay, so I usually get pretty excited about the holidays, mainly Christmas, but for some reason, in particular, this year, I can barely contain my exuberance for my Thanksgiving meal. My family journeys up to Bristol, Tennessee where my southern grandmother, Nanny, who calls me Keltsey, orders all of the females in the house around to prepare an exorbitant amount of food. My favorite of these various dishes is probably corn casserole because it’s easy for me to make and uber delicious. I love casseroles in general, though. [Kelsey Kinzer]

With eating being one of my most favorite activities, Thanksgiving is up there on my list of best holidays. My favorite dish during Thanksgiving is without a doubt the fried turkey my dad makes every year. I mean almost every food gets better when you fry it, and turkey is no exception to that. Yes, I know many people seriously injure themselves each year attempting to fry a turkey, but it’s definitely worth the risk. [Hannah McElroy]

Some people don’t like pie. Those people are crazy. [Jack H. Evans]