We’re back with another edition of “Let’s argue,” with a twist. Today, we’ll talk about your most unpopular Thanksgiving food takes. On Wednesday, Kyle Shanahan said his favorite tradition is mixing turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Robert Saleh threw a curveball and said he eats pumpkin pie for breakfast. Like, Saleh wakes up and grabs a slice of pie to start his day. That’s why I refuse to critique the 49ers defensive coordinator.
My family is changing it up this year. We’re making pork carnitas, beef enchiladas with red sauce, chicken enchiladas with green sauce, Taquitos, Mexican corn salad, cilantro lime rice, homemade Pico de gallo, chips with guacamole. Desserts: Pumpkin, apple and sweet potato pie with cool whip, and Bailey’s S’mores.
Everyone has different tastebuds and grew up having different dishes. In this thread, someone said “I will fight you” for saying sweet potatoes are bad. When we talk about food, it brings out the “best” in you. Judging by that thread, all of you hate everything you’re going to eat today. The most unpopular: Cranberry sauce, stuffing, and turkey are all bad.
Apple pie and mac & cheese have no business being a part of anyone’s Thanksgiving spread. - Michael
Michael, this is our first time interacting and it may be the last time we speak. For the longest, I wasn’t a big mac & cheese guy, either. I still think some overrate it a touch. With that said, a quality mac & cheese deserves to be at any table with any meal. As for apple pie, you’re barking up the wrong tree. If apple pie were a football player, its name would be Fred Warner.
That’s the best way I could explain how perfect apple pie is.
Pie is overrated - Brett
That’s a nice segue into our next question. As someone who has lived with a sweet tooth all of his life, it pains me to say I’m with Brett. Apple is untouchable, but I could do without the rest. Whether it’s pumpkin, pecan, or the handful of other pies that are taking up space on the counter where we could have actual food.
A wise man once said, “the best dessert is more dinner.”
Sweet potatoes and yams are hot garbage - Crows
We can’t talk about this food without the obligatory Vernon Davis mention:
We are thankful for Vernon Davis and his love of yams.— NBCSports Washington (@NBCSWashington) November 22, 2018
Sweet potato yams. pic.twitter.com/eRlMFvAnus
Vernon’s happiness in that clip does a better job of explaining why sweet potatoes are ideal for Thanksgiving better than I ever could.
To me, yams go with anything. If your Thanksgiving food happens to touch, it will; you’re not going to freak out because your yams are touching your turkey or another side. That’s the sign of a delicious side. Also, you can have sweet potatoes at any time during Thursday, and they’d be good. We will not allow any slander to yams this weekend.
Stuffing is bad. That’s it. That’s the tweet. - Max
How you feel about dressing* is all about how you grew up. If you need to douse your food in hot sauce or drown it in some seasoning, that’s a chef problem. It seems like there’s no in-between with dressing. You’re either all the way in or out.
Unlike sweet potatoes, dressing doesn’t mix as well with other foods to me. I’d love to hear other people’s reasoning for not liking stuffing/dressing. Mine is simple: There are better options available, so I’m not going to waste space on a side I don’t want another helping of.
Gravy is unnecessary - Meg
This may be the most controversial take for some. Growing up, I imagine most of us had mashed potatoes and gravy. Some of us had options to pick at which gravy we’d prefer. I’m with Meg, though. Gravy feels like something extra and unnecessary that we could all do without. If you have to pour gravy on your meat, dressing, or potatoes...you know where I’m going with this.
As we joke and give each other a hard time about liking/disliking a specific food, be grateful that you are with your family during these trying times and have a warm plate to eat—especially if you’re blessed to have a family member in your house that can cook. Now that I’ve said my peace let those food takes fly, and remember, people can read these.