Quite simply, Sifton believes appetizers take up valuable stomach space that should be reserved for the main meal. He has a couple exceptions to his no-appetizers-at-Thanksgiving rule — oysters or any special pre-meal family traditions, such as his own father's bisque — but for him, the best appetizer on the big day is simply the scent of roasting turkey.
This rule is just fine with me, as I hate sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner stuffed with cheese and charcuterie, and skipping hors d'oeuvres means I can spend more time in the kitchen prepping the real meal.
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What do you think? Are appetizers a part of your holiday tradition or are you just as happy without them?
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