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Halloween Is Over, So Here Is A Definitive Ranking Of Thanksgiving Foods

Halloween may have only been a few days ago, and you are probably still in the "spooky szn" vibe, but with the start of November comes one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving because of all the special memories I share with family and friends, but also because I love all of the delicious food.  Thanksgiving food is something I always look forward to because most of the dishes my family eats are made using family recipes that are only pulled out once every year. When I eat these dishes I feel like I can taste the hard work and the love that went into making it. Although I do love all of the Thanksgiving foods, they are by no means equal, so I obviously had to rank them in order to determine the superior Thanksgiving foods. Without further ado, here is my definitive ranking of the all-time best Thanksgiving foods.

Apple Pie 

Coming in at number one is the classic apple pie (Obviously).  Dessert is the best part of any meal, so of course, it had to be on the top of this list. Every year for Thanksgiving my Grandpa makes his homemade apple pie, with its flaky hand-pressed crust, and sweet and slightly tart filling, and it is literally a slice of heaven on a plate.

Sweet Potato Casserole 

Sweet Potato Casserole is another one of the best Thanksgiving foods. My family always adds orange juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the sweet potatoes, and it makes for the perfect blend of sweet, and savory flavors.  


Stuffing comes in at number three, however, I think this ranking is very dependent on what type of stuffing you have. The best stuffing is the stuff that is cooked directly in the turkey. If you cook the stuffing separately from the turkey it never tastes the same, and never is as good. It is also imperative to season properly in order to get the optimal savory “Turkey Day” flavor.

Cranberry Sauce 

Cranberry sauce is probably the most controversial Thanksgiving food out there. Some people love it, some people hate it, some people like it homemade, some people prefer it out of a can. In my objective opinion, homemade cranberry sauce with real bog grown cranberries is the superior version of the sauce. It is great for lathering on turkey and mashed potatoes or just eating on its own. It is also great for making ‘Thanksgiving leftover’ sandwiches the day (or week) after the big holiday.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy 

I don’t think you can go wrong with a nice buttery mashed potato topped with creamy, warm gravy. It is a classic combination, but it never disappoints.


Coming in at number six is turkey. This ranking may be controversial because most people think turkey is the main dish. Turkey is great for what it is but compared to the other Thanksgiving foods it just doesn’t have very much flavor. It also isn’t very special food, because I eat turkey all throughout the year, not just on Thanksgiving.

Green Bean Casserole 

Lastly is green bean casserole. I like green bean casserole, but it just isn’t amazing. It is always the one dish that everyone has a lot of leftover of, and no one really knows what to do with it. It is very good though, for use in ‘Thanksgiving leftover’ sandwiches though, depending on your preferences.

I hope this list helped you figure out which Thanksgiving foods really are the best. It might be the first few days of November, but the big holiday will be here before you know it!

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Sophie is a freshman at Boston University studying Political Science with a minor in Journalism. From upstate NY, her hobbies include competitive figure skating, traveling, finding new places to eat in Boston, and anything outdoors! You can find her on insta @sophiesk81 !
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