Every Thanksgiving food ranked from best to worst

It’s the best meal of the year, but that doesn’t mean that every dish is an all-star. In fact, we’d be happy to banish a few from our holiday table for good (if only Grandma would let us). Here, the definitive ranking of Thanksgiving dinner, from best to worst.

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1. STUFFING

Come on, was this ever really a question?

2. WINE

Because Great Aunt Mildred.

3. GRAVY

The true hero of Thanksgiving—it moistens dry meat, turns mashed potatoes into volcanoes and is the secret ingredient to the best next-day leftover sandwich. If we could swim in it, we would. 

4. MASHED POTATOES

“I hate mashed potatoes,” said no one ever.

5. PIE

Pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan or apple—there isn’t a Thanksgiving pie that we don’t want to stuff our face in.

6. MAC AND CHEESE

Not everyone has this as a Thanksgiving staple, and we feel sorry for those people.

7. BRUSSELS SPROUTS

If only because they make us feel virtuous. (They’re green! They’re vegetables!) Just don’t forget the pancetta.

8. SWEET POTATOES

Huzzah for desserts disguised as vegetables.

9. BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Any other day of the year, we would be all over this warming bowl of goodness. But when every dish takes up precious real estate (on the table and in your stomach), this one’s sort of meh.

10. CORN BREAD

So here’s the thing—when done right (with fresh corn and honey butter), corn bread is a thing of beauty. But nine times out of ten, it’s just a crumbly, dry mess. Next.  

11. TURKEY

Yeah, yeah, it’s not Thanksgiving without a turkey. But let’s get real—the bird just gets in the way of the good stuff (i.e., sides).

12. DINNER ROLLS

There’s nothing wrong with dinner rolls per se, it’s just that filling up on them as soon as you sit down means that you won’t have room for the real stars of the show.

13. CRANBERRY SAUCE

Sure, this bright red concoction looks festive, but if it’s sooo delicious, then why isn’t it on your table any other time of the year? Case closed.

14. GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Take away the fried onions and all you’re left with is a soupy, sad mess. Do yourself a favor and whip up one of these tasty green bean recipes instead.

15. PLAIN VEGETABLES

Honestly, if all you’re going to do is boil 'em, don’t even bother. Come on, you can do better than that.

16. JELL-O SALAD

It clashes with everything else on the table, it’s lumpy, it’s gelatinous and people only take it to be polite. Why, Thanksgiving gods, why?

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