9 Thanksgiving Foods Everyone Secretly Hates
We're all about munching on snacks and finger foods before dinner, but a bowl of hot soup is just a distraction from the main event, and can put you in danger of filling up before it's time for your favorite courses.
2. Cranberry Sauce
Whether it's made from scratch or still shaped like the can it came out of, cranberry sauce is overly tart — borderline bitter — and is seriously pointless amid the rest of the Thanksgiving spread. There's only room for one condiment on the table, and that honor goes to creamy, savory gravy.
3. Dinner Rolls
Of course nobody hates dinner rolls themselves, but once we realize that the carb-y clouds have taken up precious space in our stomachs, we definitely curse their existence. Steer clear of any and all bread — that means crescent rolls, too — to avoid tapping out early.
4. Creamed Onions
Your grandma makes them every year, and you take a spoonful to be polite, but pearl onions swimming in bland cream sauce have never hit the spot — and don't help the breath situation during dinnertime chit-chat.
5. Green Bean Casserole
Sure, it's managed to hold down a place at the American Thanksgiving table for over 60 years, but this soggy staple is merely tradition at this point. The green bean and mushroom soup mixture is insanely mushy, and the casserole's only redeeming quality is the crispy topping of French fried onions on top.
It seems almost blasphemous to say aloud, but if you ask us, turkey plays second fiddle to most other items on the table. Too often the host cooks it to death, and if it weren't for the gravy we smother it in, we probably wouldn't bother chewing our way through the bland meat. No one will notice if you fill up on the real stars — stuffing and mashed potatoes — instead!
7. Plain Vegetable Sides
Can we please save boring corn, carrots and Brussels sprouts for like, any other night of year? This holiday is our chance to indulge, and we'd like every part of the meal to be topped with cheese and breadcrumbs or baked with all manner of creamy things in gratin form.
8. Jell-O Molds
We'll admit there are some creative uses of Jell-O that have won us over—like this Strawberry Pretzel Tart — but bringing a quivering gelatin mold to Thanksgiving should not be considered a real contribution. We've seen some scary versions that have vegetables suspended inside (no thanks), and even the fruity variety are a lame excuse for dessert.
9. Sweet Potato Pie
We can't get enough of sweet potatoes when they're baked into soufflés or casseroles and topped with toasted marshmallows, but somehow enjoying them for dessert just feels wrong. Sorry Patti LaBelle, though pumpkin pie is polarizing too, there's something so classic about finishing your meal with a slice, and sweet potato just can't compete.