Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Non-Canon Thanksgiving Foods

Friends, I want to know what you make for Thanksgiving that isn’t considered Thanksgiving “canon,” so to speak. And for our non-American/non-Canadian readers, what would you make for Thanksgiving, if you decided to participate?

Last year, I made BBQ beef brisket instead of turkey. I like turkey, but I love brisket. If Thanksgiving is supposed to be a celebration of things for which we are thankful, I am thankful for brisket’s existence, especially when it’s covered in BBQ sauce. I plan on making it again this year. We do a lot of the standard sides — cornbread stuffing, garlicky Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, etc. — but I don’t miss the turkey one bit.

A gif of Taystee from Orange is the New Black, captioned "So I'm sitting there, barbecue sauce on my titties, and I'm like 'What the fuck? Again?'"

So, what about the rest of you? Give a shout in the comments.

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

4 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Non-Canon Thanksgiving Foods”

We’re vegetarians, so we obviously don’t cook turkey. Instead I marinate Tofu and have that. Thanksgiving is all about the sides, anyway, and they can all be made vegetarian without issue.

When we’ve been invited to others’ homes for Thanksgiving, I always make veggie stuffing because I am also allergic to sage. And I’ve also made a rice/chickpea/corn/curry casserole that’s vegan and gluten-free and can easily be a main dish.

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