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Cranberry Sauce and Turkey - Favorite Foods for Thanksgiving Dinner

Updated on February 8, 2015

My Answer to Hubber Jencooper's Question

Fellow Hubber jencooper asks What is Your Favorite Food Dish at Thanksgiving Dinner?

A few years ago I would have answered Turkey, which, in America, has always been the Thanksgiving main course.

Turkey still is the Thanksgiving main dish as far as I am concerned as Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without a turkey on the table.

When I was growing up, turkeys were difficult to find at times other than Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Throughout my entire childhood and as a young adult gathering at my parent's home for Thanksgiving and Christmas we always had turkey on those two holildays.

Of course, if one looked hard enough, they could find a store that had a few turkeys for sale at other times of the year.

However, in addition to the overall scarcity of turkeys at times other than Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is the fact that preparing and cooking a whole turkey is a time consuming process.

As a result, turkey was basically a special occasion food found mostly at Thanksgiving.

Turkey Ready to Bake

Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffed and ready for the Oven
Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffed and ready for the Oven | Source

Modern Marketing Has Made Turkey a Year Round Food

Seeking to expand their market beyond the November - December holiday season, turkey farmers and the meat packing companies that sold turkeys in recent decades began seeking ways to sell turkeys year round on a regular basis.

Knowing that people would not invest the time required to prepare and cook an entire turkey for other than special occasions, the farmers and meat packers looked for ways to make turkey preparation easier.

This involved selling the turkey in parts, like chicken. It is quite easy to simply cook a turkey breast or drumstick for a small family or individual dinner.

Being able to purchase small, meal size, turkey portions including things like turkey sausage, turkey bacon, turkey lunch meat, etc. created a year-round market for turkey.

The result has been that turkey is now a common food. I still like it and and a whole, stuffed turkey ready to be in the center of the dinner table on Thanksgiving is something I look forward to with anticipation.

Cranberries Still Retain Holiday Memories

Cranberries, on the other hand still retain an air of festivity for me.

Granted, canned cranberry sauce, fresh cranberries, dried cranberries, cranberry chutney and cranberry juice are available year round in stores.

However, for me, cranberries are still something that is consumed mostly at Thanksgiving.

I look forward to slathering cranberry sauce on the turkey and stuffing on my plate at Thanksgiving.

This time of the year is also when my wife or I make cranberry bread and friends make things like cranberry chutney and other delicious concoctions containing cranberries.

All things, considered, while it is difficult to choose among the great number of traditional favorite Thanksgiving foods, I have to say that cranberries are what first come to mind when asked to name my favorite Thanksgiving food.

Turkey Coming Out of the Oven

Thanksgiving Turkey ready to Carve
Thanksgiving Turkey ready to Carve | Source

© 2011 Chuck Nugent


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      magodis 6 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Actually what is this thanksgiving? I should find out that first!

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      There are usually so many of us at Thanksgiving, that a turkey isn't going to be enough. My husband built a smoker some years back, so each Thanksgiving he is asked to smoke a ham and a brisket. That stuffing and cranberry sauce still goes good with all. Nice hub! :)

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Crispy Turkey skin and mashed potatoes! It's the reason for the season as far as I am concerned!



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      Valerie Washington 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I actually had boneless, skinless chicken instead of turkey because my family doesn't eat dark meat chicken or turkey. It was delicious! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well. Voted up!

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      northweststarr 6 years ago from Washington State

      Real Mashed Potatoes & gravy all mixed up with the stuffing! Bring on the carbs!!

      (What, there was some celery in the stuffing, it's healthy.)


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      Hubertsvoice 6 years ago

      Stuffing with turkey without a doubt. I only eat them on Thanksgiving and I will challenge any one who dares to eat the last bite.

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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      Hi Chuck, though in India we do not have thanksgiving , it felt good to read about what others follow.Good one.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Chuck can you send me over some turkey? I love turkey but we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Jamaica except for the those from the US who live here.

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      AllieRambles 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

      For me, it's a toss up...

      Candied Yams vs Pumpkin Pie.

      I only eat them at Thanksgiving so they are both really special to me.