The Traditional Thanksgiving Foods Ranked


Lily Sanders, Zahara Abedin, and Emily James

We all love Thanksgiving, the day where our family comes together to celebrate and eat a hearty Thanksgiving meal. But what foods are the ones that are worth staying on the table? 

The traditional foods eaten on Thanksgiving day are roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. We asked some WSMS students what their favorite Thanksgiving food was and why. 

“I like to eat stuffing, mashed potatoes, and mac n’ cheese at Thanksgiving,” Said a WSMS student.

Thanksgiving traditions are what make this holiday so special. You might go to a certain state over the break, or you might invite your entire family over to eat a roast turkey. No matter what you do for Thanksgiving, it is special and unique. 

After doing research and using our personal experience, we ranked the most popular Thanksgiving foods. Overall, we would rate Thanksgiving food a 8/10. 

  1. Green bean casserole- This traditional food is a dish mainly consisting of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions. It is normally eaten on Thanksgiving, and is often times a warm, soup-like side. Personally speaking, not my first choice. Sorry, Grandma, but there are better foods to eat.


  1. Stuffing- While many love and appreciate this aspect of the traditional thanksgiving meal, many despise it. Stuffing is used in cooking to help hold moisture, but while it does this it also absorbs the flavor of the food.  Stuffing normally consists of “bread, butter, onion, celery, chicken broth, eggs and spices”, states. It’s been a part of the Thanksgiving tradition for years, and to this day it still remains a classic.


  1. Mashed Potatoes-We have the Mashed Potatoes. We can’t go wrong with that. Mashed potatoes are usually served during Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey and the cranberry. Although these potatoes are just potatoes, they still give the big dinner a spark. With it’s creamy, buttery, rich tates that give the turkey and cranberry a balance. When you are eating mashed potatoes, then ingredients mostly contain potatoes, butter, milk or cream, salt, black pepper. Though the way you might make it is different.  Even though it is a great side dish, we can still live without it and it is very simple. Sorry, mashed potatoes, but you get 5th place.


  1. Cranberry sauce- Cranberry sauce is such a popular food dish. The cranberry sauce is usually served with a side of mash potatoes and turkey. The cranberry sasec gives the dinner a sweet taste to the seasoned food. This food might contain ,”cranberries boiled in sugar water until the berries pop and the mixture thickens. Some recipes include other ingredients such as slivered almonds, orange juice, orange zest, ginger, maple syrup, port, or cinnamon.” a quick google search states. As a result, his food gets number 3 on the dium!


  1. Corn- We are on the top 3 of the podium, at corn, which is a beloved asset of the traditional Thanksgiving meal. It includes different variations like steamed corn, steamed corn on the cob, and creamed corn. Creamed corn consists of “whole sweetcorn with a soupy liquid of milky residue from pulped corn kernels scraped from the cob”. Corn has remained a thanksgiving staple for decades, and hopefully it will still be cherished for generations to come.


  1. Pumpkin Pie- Pumpkin pie is so great after a big meal of thanksgiving food. You might enjoy this pie with whipped cream and milk.  This delicious dessert has different recipes as any other food, but the main ingredients of your pumpkin pie might contain pie shell, pumpkin, eggs, condensed milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Its almost like custard on pie crust! Either way this might be ranked as 2nd.


  1. Turkey – We can all agree on the classic main dish that takes hours to prepare, turkey! Turkey is what often comes to mind when you think “Thanksgiving.” No matter how you cook it, it’s guaranteed to be the best thing on your table! Personally, I love roast turkey, and I look forward to tearing apart the “wishbone” on it. Therefore, I think we can all agree that turkey takes the cake here. 


How would you have ranked these foods? Tell us your rankings on this google form! 

Remember, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food, it’s about getting to spend time with your family and realizing how fortunate you are. We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and enjoys the week off! 😉