The most important part of Thanksgiving, although you may think it is giving thanks, is the feast. A homemade, elaborate meal is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday, and the same traditional dishes can be served each year. Are these Thanksgiving foods a huge hit or are they dreaded every year?

The traditional Thanksgiving food least enjoyed by Governor Livingston students is candied yams. For those of you who have escaped this nightmarish dish, candied yams are sweet potatoes baked and layered with marshmallows. Is it a food? Is it a dessert? No one knows. According to sophomore Sophia Hatami, candied yams are not at the top of the Thanksgiving meal list. She stated, “I ate them once, and I will never eat them again.” The dish is fairly unpopular at Governor Livingston. 

The next dish on the rundown is creamed spinach. Personally, I do not mind it, but many dislike it. The vegetable factor is likely what sets the dish back, yet without the vegetables it's just a bowl of cream. To put it simply, it is a lose-lose situation. Four percent of Governor Livingston students polled said they enjoy or even serve creamed spinach at Thanksgiving, making the dish one of the greatest Thanksgiving controversies. 

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Green bean casserole is a more popular dish, but still not very high on the list. A little less than half of students polled did not like green bean casserole. However, junior Aly Hagen loves the tradition of making the Thanksgiving casserole with her dad. “We get up early to prepare it together, and it’s a really fun tradition.” Hagen also loves the flavors of the casserole itself and looks forward to eating it every year. This dish is pretty close to being a hit.

Personally, one of my favorite sides at the Thanksgiving dinner table is crescent rolls. Whether they are made using the Pillsbury Doughboy pack or whipping them up homemade, crescent rolls are a great addition to turkey every year. Roughly half of polled students said the rolls are a staple in their dinner. It is safe to say that this side dish is a hit. 

Going up on the scale, following crescent rolls is cranberry sauce. Although there is a lot of controversy on the topic, polls show that many Governor Livingston students enjoy cranberry sauce and serve it during their feast. Rebecca Candeloro is grateful for cranberry sauce. As far as her dinner goes, “cranberry sauce is definitely one of the more popular items on the table at Thanksgiving.” This dish is nothing less than a hit. 

Last, but most certainly not least, the Thanksgiving turkey tops the charts. Coming in with the most votes, turkey is an exceptionally common meal to serve on the holiday. Whether roasted or fried, the students have spoken, making turkey one of the most enjoyed meals at the Thanksgiving table and the biggest hit, no questions asked. 

Hopefully these ratings help to improve your Thanksgiving feast next year. Though some dishes are unpopular, each is definitely worth trying.