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What Thanksgiving dish do you refuse to eat?

Oyster dressing. Who on earth thought this one up? Okay, I hate oysters anyway but just the thought of slimy fishy blobs stuffed into a turkey is just disgusting.

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  1. I would refuse to eat any Marshmallow Sweet Potato "thing"...

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      1. re: Maximilien

        We always have sweet potatoes but never with the marshmallow stuff on top. We cook real potatoes (no canned stuff) and top with brown sugar and butter. My favorite!

        1. re: Maximilien

          Agreed... I love sweet potatoes, and I love marshmallows. But please keep them out of the same dish. Thank you.

            1. re: Maximilien

              I refuse any version of sweet potatos!

              1. re: jbsiegel

                Really, any version? I roast my sweet potatoes until they are all dark and crispy on the outside with the natural sugary goodness oozing out a little bit. No butter, no added anything.

                1. re: Steve

                  Just don't like that sweetness at all. Love my potatoes bland and white LOL!

                  1. re: Steve

                    Yeah, Steve, I'm sure we sweet potato haters would all just *love* them if only we tried them the way you make them.

                    1. re: Jay F

                      The only way I was ever "able" to eat them and remotely enjoy was similar to a double-stuffed potato skin -- it was topped with prosciutto, sage, and shaved parm.

                      All that saltiness made up for the icky, inherent sweet taste. But yeah, fuck sweet potatoes. Gimme the regular ones instead.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        I like a sweet potato, fried - as in french fried - then served with spicy cajun mayo!!!!! Otherwise, not so much....

                        1. re: gingershelley

                          Anything to hide/mask/balance the sweet.

                      2. re: Jay F

                        Oooh, snark. When he said 'version', I didn't know if that equated with 'recipe,' such as adding other ingredients. I just cook 'em. That's all.

                        Go ahead and hate 'em if you want. I say there's not enough hate in the world. Me, I try to keep an open mind, so I have gone from food aversion to adoration based on suggestions and guidance from knowledgeable Chowhounds.

                    2. re: jbsiegel

                      Finally...someone else who despises sweet potatoes. I thought I was the only one. When I used to cook Thanksgiving dinner, I'd make a sweet potato casserole but refused to taste it at any time during the cooking. I'd have my wife do it.

                        1. re: mwk

                          Nope, my husband hates them too. Something about the starchiness combined with the sweetness. I find it weird simply because he likes pumpkin, butternut squash and all similar squashes, which to me have a lot in common with sweet potatoes.

                          1. re: biondanonima

                            My Spousal Unit dislikes orange food (except carrots). The only way he'll eat (and now says he enjoys) sweet potatos is when I cook them in a Thai-ish curry.

                            1. re: biondanonima

                              I also like pumpkin and butternut squash...but not sweet potatoes or yams. It's not really the same flavor profile, I realize it's difficult to explain. Then again, I like bananas, but I don' t like banana-flavored anything (no banana bread, or banana flavored drinks, etc.)

                              1. re: mwk

                                I'm enjoying my sweet potato pie as I read these posts. mmmm good.

                                1. re: pacheeseguy

                                  Don't hate, but I put marshmallows on my sweet potatoes (I use fresh potatoes and make a sauce). It's what my grandma always did. I am a stickler for tradition at Thanksgiving. My husband hates sweet potatoes too.

                                  One thing I will not touch is that godawful green bean casserole that my cousin makes.

                              1. re: Maximilien

                                I love freshly baked sweet potatoes mashed with butter and brown sugar and topped with a streusal style topping, then baked. Yummy.

                                  1. re: tvmovielover

                                    I loved the canned cranberry jelly...must be a genetic mutation on my part! I make the "real cranberry sauce" for everyone else but I covet the jelled stuff :)

                                    1. re: mandymoo

                                      I'm embarrassed to admit I like canned cranberry jelly stuff too. And I make terrific homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but I still love the taste of the canned jelly. I do not like the canned whole cranberry sauce tho, homemade is 100 times better. The jelly love is just an odd taste thing from childhood that you can't shake.

                                      1. re: mandymoo

                                        I honeslty only eat the canned jelly style cranberry sauce... i've tried the fresh made stuff, it's a texture issue for me i think.

                                        1. re: mandymoo

                                          I'm with you. Cranberry jelly from the can is a treat. I only eat it once a year, but I would really miss it! Besides, my mom had a special dish for it, to make the slices look so pretty. I have no other use for the dish, so I just HAVE to put the jelly out, right? LOL

                                          1. re: Jaz Cooks

                                            Yes you do :).
                                            Every year I make the dish of a loved one who's passed in order to honor and remember them. It's really what Thanksgiving is all about for me.

                                            1. re: latindancer

                                              I'd love to do that for my Dad, but my mom turns into a waterworks.

                                        2. re: tvmovielover

                                          I confess! I love canned jellied (not whole berry) cranberry sauce served in a plate as it comes out of the can with "ribs" and all. Last year my MIL mashed it up and ruined it for me. Go figure? No logic to it. Just a memory from childhood.

                                          1. re: Motosport

                                            Love Is a strong word. First tried it in collee and it is edible. Works well on my sandwich if not homemade is available.

                                            1. re: melpy

                                              What is "collee?"
                                              Makes a great day after sammich!! Couple of slices of leftover turkey on some good bread with a nice slice of canned cranberry sauce in the middle. Yummy!!!

                                              1. re: Motosport

                                                I believe Melpy meant to write "college."

                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                    Hahahaha...I thought she meant "coffee."

                                                  2. re: Motosport

                                                    jellied cranberry sauce MAKES the turkey sandwich! Stuffing, dijon, more mayo than should be reasonable, on dark rye..... one of my favorite parts of Tday food!

                                              2. re: tvmovielover

                                                +10000000 gack to the sugar jelly with cranberry juice in it... and almost as bad is the cranberry melange in a can.

                                              3. Don't hurt me but I am not a fan of turkey. We would have roast duck or goose or lamb instead. We've also had seared duck breast instead. But we are usually alone for Thanksgiving (recent years in Europe) so we'd prefer something smaller and packed with flavour. Oh, yes. Porchetta.

                                                However, if we do manage to get together with family (we live far from both families) we do have the ubiquitous turkey which I do not refuse to eat but about 99% of the time it is so overdone and dry it is not funny so I take a piece and choke it down. But I cling to the skin!

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                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                  I don't ever eat the turkey - why bother with such a bland, boring meat when there are so many other delicious items on the table? I enjoy a couple of pieces of crispy skin and then concentrate on other things. The skin is really the only part worth eating anyway!

                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                    Agreed. Most other meats are vastly superior in flavour so to me it is a worth of calories and time!

                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                      Turkey is just a vehicle for good gravy. Unfortunately, we have TG with folks who make a weird cream of some mysterious thing gravy, and it is vile. I end up eating ham and sides and whatever I brought.

                                                      1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                        Ugh, my mother's gravy has always been just awful. Which is why I thought I didn't like gravy until I discovered it as an adult. She always took burnt drippings and stirred in a flour slurry which she didn't cook the raw taste out of. So, raw flour, water, and burned stuff. Yum.

                                                        1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                          No No, can't make good Turkey stuffing without the turkey.....

                                                    2. We have one person who wont eat the oyster dressing . So I always make 2 kinds, and he is the only one to eat the non oyster one.
                                                      You cant really taste the oysters, they just make it richer. I have one guest who every year wants a full pan of the oyster stuffing for leftovers to take home!

                                                      Personally I refuse to eat the mashed potatoes - the least interesting starch on the table. More room for oyster dressing and turkey, etc.

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                                                      1. re: PenskeFan

                                                        I am with you on the no-mashed potatoes front. For plain potatoes - the only part I'm so into is when it's a quality crispy french fry or a roasted potato (that has nice crispy/crunchy bits). During a large Thanksgiving meal with lots of dishes, skipping on mashed potatoes is an easy choice for me. Also, if there is plain bread or rolls - I also won't have those.

                                                        1. re: cresyd

                                                          Ditto on the rolls. Don't get me wrong -- I like bread and rolls, but at Thanksgiving (and often other meals) there are so many other things, or just enough good things, that I don't want to waste my space on bread. Caveat -- once in a while, it doesn't work like that. I was recently invited to a Brazilian meal where everything (and there were lots of dishes) was tasty, but the rolls were deeelicious, so I ate two. (No, this wasn't that cheese bread, just standard dinner rolls.)

                                                        2. re: PenskeFan

                                                          I also don't eat mashed potatoes - not because I hate them, but because I prefer to save room for stuffing. I skip plain bread or rolls for the same reason.

                                                          1. re: PenskeFan

                                                            If you can't taste the oysters, you're doing oyster dressing wrong.

                                                          2. Refuse?? ~ Prolly not much in most social settings. ~ On the other hand, there are no Mashed Potatoes on my table ever. With dressing, oyster dressing, and maybe rice dressing, I find no use for a plain, "vanilla", white envelope, starch in this setting.

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                                                            1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                              Oh, but doesn't "no mashed potatoes" mean that your gravy is sad? What goes better with gravy than creamy potatoes.

                                                                1. re: melpy

                                                                  mmmmmm... mashed rutabaga with a little nutmeg. yum!

                                                                  1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                    Nice! Wish I was could make some of my favorites but whatever I don't make on Thursday I will beg my mom to let me do on Sunday.

                                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                                      I don't get mashed rutabaga until Saturday either! DH's family won't eat it ... nor do they eat squash of any type, except pumpkin... so no butternut squash soup, etc for me on Thursday.

                                                                  2. re: pine time

                                                                    My gravy is never sad when it's poured over my delicious stuffing!

                                                                  3. re: Uncle Bob

                                                                    "a plain, "vanilla", white envelope, starch"

                                                                    Just like the guy who can't taste the oysters in his oyster dressing, if your mashed potatoes may be described as above, you are doing mashed potatoes incorrectly.