The 8 Most Divisive Thanksgiving Dishes

The 8 Most Divisive Thanksgiving Dishes
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The 8 Most Divisive Thanksgiving Dishes

Some Thanksgiving dishes bring out strong feelings in people. Read on for a list of the most divisive dishes on the Thanksgiving table.

Stuffing inside the Bird or Out

Many traditionalists believe the stuffing should be cooked inside the bird to soak up all the flavorful juices. This is tasty idea, but many health-conscious folks think the bird won't cook as well with the stuffing on the inside, which some say makes the cooking process more of a safety hazard.

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Canned or Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The cranberry sauce that comes in a can is a delight to many. Those perfect outer ridge indentations from the can, that familiar taste. But for the folks who eat cranberry sauce homemade or not at all, the canned version can be very questionable.

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How to Top the Sweet Potatoes or Yams

Adding marshmallows to mashed sweet potatoes or yams is a sweet addition, but some firmly believe that marshmallows have no place at Thanksgiving. Many would prefer the dish plain, while others opt for a topping of crumbled brown sugar and chopped nuts instead!

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Bread vs. Sausage Stuffing

Do you serve traditional bread stuffing, or do you prefer to add some sausage in there? Stuffing can be great with a meaty twist, but some may question whether the table really needs that extra protein.

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Brine or No Brine

Brining is the process of soaking the bird for an extended period of time in a solution of water, salt and other flavorings of your choice. Some say that while brining a turkey takes a lot of commitment (and refrigerator space), it yields an incredibly flavorful bird that can't be beat. Others feel that it can be a lot of extra work that isn't actually necessary.

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White or Dark Meat

This argument sets off the nutritionally-conscious from the flavor conscious. Dark meat lovers argue that it packs a lot more flavor, and some even believe it has a lot of health benefits. On the other hand, others say white meat is the healthier choice and contains fewer calories.

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Regular Cornbread vs. Flavored

Most would say a siding of cornbread is necessary at Thanksgiving, but not all would agree on how it should be made. If you're a cornbread purist, you may scoff at a version topped with jalapenos, while others may think interesting additions give the bread an extra boost of flavor!

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Green Bean Casserole ... or No Way!

Green bean casserole was invented in the 1950s to help promote Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup. Many consider it a Thanksgiving essential, while others are less convinced it deserves a place on the table.

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Thanksgiving is a time when families gather around the table to be grateful (and carbo-load) together. While these events are filled with family fun and merriment, they can often be the cause of some small squabbles when it comes to the food on the table.

For instance, some family members may question why you would ever add marshmallows to the sweet potatoes or yams. Or the purists in the family may wonder why on Earth anyone could prefer canned cranberry sauce to the homemade version. There are some Thanksgiving dishes that are pretty divisive, leading many families to provide more than one option for particular sides just to avoid any dinner table drama. We've rounded up the dishes that are likely to cause the most disagreement during the holiday.

Check out the slideshow above for the most divisive Thanksgiving dishes.

Which do you feel strongly about? Tell us on Twitter @KitchenDaily! Then, head to our friends at Style Me Pretty to discover 30 Ideas to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table.

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