So, next week is Thanksgiving and this year it will undoubtedly look and feel a little different. So I'd like to use this post to have a little bit of fun and run down my top 5 most DISLIKED holiday dishes. These are just mine, so no need to get your undies in a wad lol. These are foods that I just flat out don't like, or don't want to see on the Thanksgiving table.
Okay..so in no particular order...let's jump in.
Oyster Dressing - Okay...WHY?!??! I had this one time in my life. It's a grayish colored, wet version of traditional dressing (not to be confused with stuffing). I'm not sure who thought this was a tasty combination, but let me assure you it's not. It also doesn't have the best smell. I don't want my dressing to give me beach vibes. And by beach vibes, I mean those beaches that smell like dead fish and hot dog water. Those beaches that you can't walk barefoot on the sand because of all the chipped seashells. First impressions are lasting and I've been deeply scarred by this grayish, wiggly, sludgy concoction. YUCK!!
Black Eyed Peas - So, this isn't the worst thing that you could have for Thanksgiving dinner, but it's a weird one. Something about a bowl or plateful of little eyeballs. I love beans. I feel like this is more of a bean, but I guess it's not since they are called peas. But they almost have a little bite to them. Not crunchy, but definitely a different consistency from normal beans. It's the look of them for me. Call me crazy, but feeling like your food is watching you before you devour it just changes the vibe for me. Black Eyed Peas are a no for me.
Creamed Corn - I'm not opposed to cream corn, perhaps homemade using a Food Network recipe. However, In my opinion, canned cream corn should NOT be allowed on the Thanksgiving table. This day, Thanksgiving is the food Olympics. It's the day where we get to pull out all the best recipes and bring our finest to the table and wait for people to grow silent and moan inappropriately because the food is so unbelievably good. So emptying a can of corn is illegal. I really don't want corn on my plate at all. Period. I feel like there are more substantial starches on the table that have a lot more flavor. Why waste a good starch moment with corn? I just think there are more appropriate times to include corn in the festivities. Like a BBQ. Grilled corn is amazing at a BBQ. So unless Thanksgiving is less traditional in food choices and we're BBQ'ing, I vote NO to corn.
Chitterlings - OKAY!!! Do you know what a chitterling or more affectionately known as a "Chitlin" is? Welp, they are intestines. Pig intestines. Like stomach lining, food waste hoses in a pigs body. Poop carriers of the pig. DOO DOO TUBES. Mhmm...so it's a definite no for me.
Mashed Potatoes - Soooo, this is a traditional holiday dish, but I'm not sure why. To be clear, I love a good side of parmesan garlic mashed potatoes. Not to toot my own horn but...honk honk. I'm the queen of a good garlic parm mash. I just think we already have a potato on the table. An absolute show stopper, the SWEET POTATOE. Because of that, no other version of the potato should be allowed to try and steal its shine. Honestly, the Thanksgiving table is accentuated by this color popping dish. Candied or whipped, this is the true centerpiece. Yes, more than the turkey (depending on who cooked the bird). You can ruin a turkey...but this is not what this post is for. So it's almost a pointless conversation to toss white potatoes on the table. I also prefer that they stand alone. Aside from what makes them "candied", brown sugar, butter, maybe molasses...they are solo artists. They don't need the messy two steps of the background entertainment. That means, don't go messing them up with pineapples, marshmallows, fluff, nuts, or sausage. STOP!!! I just want my sweet P's sliced and baked...and sweet.
So there you have it. My top 5 most DISLIKED Thanksgiving dishes. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed sharing. Regardless of what you are eating, 2020 has been a year for the record books. It will always be a memorable year of how much we've overcome, how much we've lost, and how far we still have to go. If you made this far, you have so much to be grateful for. So whatever you are eating, my hope is that you are safe, healthy, protected, and surrounded by love.
These are absolutely my thoughts... Happy Thanksgiving!!