Larry Martino

Larry Martino

Larry Martino

A festive Thanksgiving dinner table containing various plates of food, including sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes with crushed pecans, stuffing, and turkey gravy.

Here we are, the official start to the holiday season with Thanksgiving this week. In fact, you may have lots of friends and family members visiting from out-of-town. In addition, you’re probably preparing a big family feast for Thanksgiving Day. By and large, there always seems to be one item on the holiday table that only a few people like. So, let’s find out America’s five least favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Recent Survey Determines Nation’s Favorite And Least Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

We all know everyone’s favorite items on that Thanksgiving dinner table: turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. But, there are always those dishes on the table or buffet which only a few people enjoy. Overall, they are traditional dishes. As a matter of fact, they’re usually prepared only one time a year. Of course, that’s on Thanksgiving. Why do we even bother? recently conducted a survey of 2,100 Americans from all across our nation to determine our favorite, and least favorite Thanksgiving dishes. We dealt with our favorite dishes in a previous article. So, this article will deal with the items we pass on to the person seated next to us without scooping any on to our plate.

First of all, let’s spotlight The Silver State’s favorite and least favorite dishes. Drumroll please! Believe it or not, Nevada’s least favorite Thanksgiving Day dinner item is biscuits. Really? It’s as surprising as what the survey states is Nevada’s favorite Thanksgiving dinner item: cranberry sauce. In short, I’m scratching my head on both of those findings. However, if we put a little cranberry sauce on top of a sliced biscuit, both of these items would have ended up in the middle of the pack where they belong. Just my opinion.

I have to say, that overall, my tastes tend to concur with the tastes of Americans overall. I have never enjoyed sweet potatoes or yams, no matter how they were prepared, and I am NOT a fussy eater. With that in mind, let’s get right down to it. Here are America’s least favorite Thanksgiving Day dinner items as reported by

Updated November 21, 2023

  • 5) Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry Sauce

    I like cranberry sauce to be honest with you. It’s not my favorite item on the Thanksgiving dinner table, but I will add some to my plate. I grew up with the canned jelly cranberry sauce that Mom would just pop out and place in a bowl, still in the shape of the can. My wife now makes it from scratch and does a great job.

  • 4) Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels Sprouts

    Here’s another dinner item I don’t mind, especially if they are seasoned well. Maybe add some bacon bits and balsamic vinegar while roasting. I do like vegetables though. Most people hate brussels sprouts. They are very bitter. I get it. However, I have not seen them on very many Thanksgiving dinner tables.

  • 3) Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

    Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows


    Now we’re getting down to the items that I always pass on. I know sweet potato fries are all the rage at restaurants and pubs around town. Filled with fiber. Very nutritious. I still don’t really like them. And any dinner item that needs marshmallows on it to make it taste good is an item I will pass to the person seated next to me every time. Is it dinner or dessert?

  • 2) Sweet Potato Pie

    Sweet potato pie


    I do like pumpkin pie. Some people say that sweet potato pie tastes very similar. It certainly looks similar, but I prefer pumpkin pie all day long. I noticed in the survey that sweet potato pie was very popular in the southeast. These states also show that pumpkin pie is their least favorite dinner item on Thanksgiving. It is apparently a regional thing.

  • 1) Candied Yams

    Candied Yams


    And here we have it. America’s least favorite Thanksgiving dinner dish. Another root vegetable being passed off as a dessert of some sort. If you have to candy it up, is it really a dinner item? Just another dish I’ll pass right on to the person seated next to me without partaking. What do we do with all those leftover candied yams and sweet potato dishes? Happy Thanksgiving! Pass the mashed potatoes and gravy please.

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