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Not on MY holiday table.

Lots of discussion about what people really like to eat from now till the new year's leftovers are cleaned up. I like a lot of things, but some others just put me off. Classics that evade me are

bread based stuffing. yeah, I'll eat it, but whats the point. put some more egg and cream in it and turn it into bread pudding, now that's worth eating. And Oysters in dressing/stuffing? Oh dear God, why? I know I'm yucking on some people's yum - but thats ok in this thread, its all about yuck. Oysters were given an impossibly hard shell for a reason. To keep them out of the hands of curious humans. Lets respect God's plan and leave them in the mud where they were put. Waddaya mean those are clams not oysters? You mean there's a difference?

cranberries. another thing God clearly intended to keep away from people. anything you have to wade around in knee deep water to harvest was not meant to be eaten by man (rice grows in water, but it isn't planted or harvested that way, and with wild rice at least they used to sit in canoes to harvest it.) Anything that needs a two to one ratio of sugar to fruit is highly suspect, although I do have to admit it has a pretty color. But then so do pomegranates and beets. And they have the added benefit of being tasty right from the source. Ok, some people don't' like beets. And some are afraid of pomegranates.

One more is that ridiculous "vegetable" dish called candied sweet potatoes. There is enough sugar in there to brew coca cola for a small nation, and its topped with partially hydrogenated high fructose corn syrup. Yet this dish is inexplicably not found on the dessert table next to the pumpkin pie (no, I'm not fond of pumpkins either), it is masquerading as a vegetable dish. Whats up with that?

And while we are discussing things on the wrong table, take a look at the salads. Face it, anything made with marshmallows, gelatin and canned fruit cocktail is anything but salad.. Nuff said.

Well that's my short list of traditional yums that don't float my boat. There are others, like giblets - but thats not a rarity, so ill save that for a different list.

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  1. You do have some very good points.

    Those candied sweet potatoes are a particular crime - sweet potatoes are a delicious food that can be prepared in many yummy ways; why do THAT to them?

    You do know, however, that corn syrup is not partially hydrogenated, right?

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    1. re: sandylc

      It's a good way to eat sweet potatoes with somewhat scorched marshmallows. Heaven.

    2. Likewise.It's the only day of the year when I want brown food on my plate. Turkey,mashed potatoes(never sweet),with gravy,bread,and some stuffing.With a small amount of vegtable.Simple,boring, and tasty."No thank you", as I pass the cranberries.

      1. Green bean casserole. How on earth did anyone ever think that was a good idea for ANY meal, let alone a special treat for a celebration?

        1. I'm a vegetarian, and while I don't impose it on anyone, if you are eating at my house, you will not find a turkey there. S that's number one.

          Also not found is the marshmallow topped sweet potato casserole. Blech, too sweet for me. I will instead serve plain roasted sweet potatoes, or simmered in orange juice with a bit of butter. Maybe topped with nuts if I'm in the mood but never sugar and marshmallows.

          No jello salads, either' though in some parts of the country, jello molds are actually called salads. I do like jello. As a dessert!

          No bread based stuffings. I like 'em loaded with veggies. A little bread is ok, but just a little.

          You will find, most years, a homemade nut roast, mashed potatoes, veggie gravy, fruit and grain salads, leafy green salads, homemade cranberry sauce (yum!) and lots of roasted veggies.

          Desserts, as long as there is no meringue, anything goes. Far as I'm concerned, meringue is nasty. Gimme whipped cream instead! :)

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          1. re: Miri1

            Oh dang- no meringue? This thread depresses me to no end!

            1. re: EWSflash

              Agreed. There is not one traditional Thanksgiving dish that I do not like. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, creamed onions, cranberry sauce, etc.

              This is good eats people!

          2. Great post. I see now biondanonima beat me to it, but anyway:

            What immediately comes to mind for me, is the execrable green onion / mushroom soup / fried onion casserole. I had managed to avoid that abomination for well over 50 years. A few years ago it turned up at Costco for sampling, so I gave it a try (I posted about it at the time). The idea had never much appealed to me, but I was truly shocked at how bad it actually turned out to be.

            I don't like pumpkin anything, either, or yams/sweet potatoes. As much as I loved marshmallows as a kid, I could never stomach that candied yam dish.

            Luckily, there are some T-day favorites I really like, such as stuffing, creamed onions, turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, etc. Although I like the turkey mostly for sandwiches _after_ Thanksgiving.

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            1. re: Steve Green

              I've never had the green bean casserole and no one in our family ever made it so I'd like to skip that for the rest of life as well though maybe it's tasty?

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                It didn't become the latter-day tradition that it has because the majority of people turn up their noses. It may be trashy by gourmet standards, but plenty of people enjoy and look forward to it. Even somewhat-fussier folks like it - at TJ's the other day, I noticed a 7ft high display of canned fried onions and tetrapak cream of portabella soup. Bags of frozen green beans in the next aisle. Coincidence - NOT!

                1. re: greygarious

                  I gleefully picked up my canS of fried onions not necessarily for casserole but that "trashy" food is delicious to be eaten out of hand or poured over my potatoes or macaroni. I'm sure I'd be among the many who like the casserole since I seem to enjoy Thanksgiving foods in general.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    I insist on having green bean casserole on my table every Thanksgiving. I always make a small casserole dish of it, using canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup and French's fried onions, the old school way. I eat it once a year, that's all, and everyone will take a small scoop to humor me.

                    1. re: boogiebaby

                      Hmm, since I have the fried onions....can you send over a recipe?

                          1. re: prima

                            Which is, of course, going to be incredibly better!

                            1. re: c oliver

                              :-) I find an ounce or 2 of sherry also greatly improves Campbell's soup cream-of-whatever in any short-cut recipe!

                          2. re: c oliver

                            Thanks I just might try it for the sake of something to do :)

                      1. re: greygarious

                        I didn't grow up with green bean casserole, but I remember making it as a side for the first chicken I roasted, in my early 20s. I liked it (but I like Campbell's cream of mushroom anyhow), but I haven't made anything with Campbell's soup (apart from soup) in years.

                        I still haven't tried sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I just haven't really had the opportunity- it isn't a popular dish where I live or with my friends and family. I've never even seen it served, except on tv/online. Might have to make it one of these days, just to say I've tried it.