Everyone has a favorite dish at Thanksgiving, and it's never the turkey — sorry, turkey! I polled my fellow editors to learn the must-have-or-will-die dishes they count on every Thanksgiving. Stuffing? Gravy? Rolls? Here's what they said.
Hali Ramdene, Food Editor
Emma Christensen, Associate Food EditorStuffing, dressing — I don't care what you call it, I love it. Stuffing is the glue that holds Thanksgiving dinner together. Any one component eaten on its own is majorly boring — the turkey, the green beans, the mashed potatoes ... yawn. But smoosh it on a fork with some stuffing, and now you've got a party.
Lauren Kodiak, Production Editor
After my grandparents moved away to Florida, my family started our own Thanksgiving tradition: ordering Thai take-out. I love the fact that we can hang out at my parents' house, in comfy clothes, and just enjoy each other's company. No one is scrambling to make a big meal, and the cleanup couldn't be easier!
Ariel Knutson, Engagement Editor
Hands down my favorite Thanksgiving dish is mashed potatoes. (Don't even try and convince me otherwise.) Nothing is more luxurious to me than a creamy pile of taters with lots of butter and gravy. No lumps, please.
Kelli Foster, Assistant Food Editor
I'd be heartbroken if stuffing was missing from our Thanksgiving spread. Growing up my grandpa made the best stuffing! Like, when I think of my childhood Thanksgivings, that stuffing is the first thing that comes to mind. His was a classic bread stuffing, like this one, filled with plenty of goodies, like apples, raisins, walnuts, and sometimes sausage.
Christine Gallery, Food Editor-at-Large
My favorite thing is gravy drowning everything on my plate. I've had to roast turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving for work, so I always squirrel away the bones and make a dark turkey stock to make gravy like this. I make it ahead of time so I know it's perfect and I don't have to stress out on the big day.
Anjali Prasertong, Editor-at-Large
Thanksgiving is not Turkey Day — it's Stuffing Day. My love of stuffing runs deep. Although I grew up with Stovetop Stuffing, soggy from being baked in the bird, I now love making it from scratch and in a separate casserole dish because I can get the maximum amount of crispy, craggy stuffing edges that way.
Faith Durand, Executive Editor
Let's be honest: Stuffing is the best. But since most of the team has that pretty well covered, I want to address my other favorite, and the one dish that my family would cancel Thanksgiving without: My mom's dense, intensely delicious potato dough rolls. With or without the suggested lemon zest, these fluffy balls of carb perfection taste like Thanksgiving.
Cambria Bold, Editor-at-Large (me!)
I've made Parker House rolls for my family's Thanksgiving meal for at least a decade, and I can't imagine the holiday without them. Soft, chewy, buttery, and the best thing ever when smothered in gravy. A close second? Classic green bean casserole in all its salty goodness.
Readers, your turn! What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?