From all of us here at Arizona Foodie, we want to wish you a very happy day of feasting and drinking and spending time with loved ones. Each table this holiday season will have quite the spread of traditional and non-traditional items. However, I was wondering what dish we wouldn’t ever find on your Thanksgiving table and why? I also posed that question to our writers and some other food loving people around town. If you want to share your holiday eats with us, please tag me in your pictures or just use #azfoodie.
Rhea Johansen of Arizona Foodie: There will not be a single trace of a salad anywhere near our dinner table on Thanksgiving. In a world where salads are a daily meal staple, we choose to go all out on carbs for our family Thanksgiving menu. The only green you’ll find are green beans, smothered in cream and fried onions. Salad is what you put your leftover turkey on top of over the long weekend when you can’t get off of the couch.
Gio Osso from Virtu and Nico: There’s a few things you won’t find on my table at Thanksgiving. Cans of cranberry sauce is one. It’s so easy to make, why would you buy it? I know it’s a tradition for some and I don’t mean to offend anyone but don’t ruin the deliciousness of green beans with a can of cream of mushroom soup and those onion things that also come out of a can. And yams and sweet potatoes are amazing with some brown butter or brown sugar, don’t ruin them with marshmallows, please!
Diana Brandt of Arizona Foodie: I love sweet potatoes and I love marshmallows but the two together, NO! I can’t accept it and I’m not sure why. And you know I love dessert too and all things sweet but for some reason, I can’t get a taste for this concoction.
Aaron Pool from Gadzooks: Mayonnaise based anything. It’s food lube, that’s the nicest thing you can say about mayo.
Rheana Techapinyawat of Arizona Foodie: For my family’s Thanksgiving, we will not be having canned cranberry sauce at our table this year after learning Chef Jeremy Pacheco’s no-cooking-required cranberry sauce recipe! I learned how to make it at the most recent holiday cooking class at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn and it’s fabulous!
Aaron May from Over Easy and The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen: I would never serve turkey “parts.” One of my favorite things at Thanksgiving is the beautiful whole roasted bird at the center of the table. Sure it’s easier to cook the white and dark meat separately, but for me the bounty of Thanksgiving is perfectly captured by the golden brown deliciousness of roast turkey.
Stephanie Sparer of Arizona Foodie: I know this is controversial but… I’m not serving candied sweet potatoes. I grew up with family members plopping canned sweet potatoes into a baking dish and covering with mini-marshmallows. I feel like we can do better than that. This year, I’m preserving the essence of the candied sweet potato but updating -a little!- by making my mashed sweet potatoes and brûléeing the top instead. I like that it’s a little bit fancy (maybe pretentious?) but hey, any excuse to use my kitchen torch. I can be thankful for that.
Jennifer Shutsky of Arizona Foodie: I will not be serving cranberry sauce (or anything else because I’ll be flying over the pacific ocean!) but seriously, that canned cranberry sauce needs to go, that jello gag texture is not appetizing. Real cranberries on the other hand cooked down to a reduction sauce, that can be drizzled all over the place. Also, if you loved your family and friends put down the cool whip and grab a pint of whipping cream and turn your mixer on – it’s that easy, a little vanilla extract and some sugar, you’re basically Martha Stewart.
David Tyda from the one and only Arizona Taco Festival (no he will not have tacos for Thanksgiving): You won’t find anything organic, artisanal, handmade, cage-free, or responsibly sourced at my Thanksgiving table. I spend 364 days out of the year making sure everything I eat is up to Instagram standards. Well, not on Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving, it’s time to put the phone down and just be with the people you love without worrying about how well your locally grown yams look in Juno filter.
Thanks to all of my friends for participating and we hope that you have a wonderful holiday!