Every year for MassLive.com, Nick O'Malley constructs his Thanksgiving food power rankings. Today, he shared those contentious rankings with our listeners.


Here is our own Aaron Jackson's Turkey Day food power rankings and his reasoning behind each selection...

  1. Stuffing: Here’s the thing about stuffing. It’s amazing. And no, I’m not talking about that stovetop mix you get at the grocery store. I’m talking about the real deal. I’m not sure who the first person is that decided to stuff their stale bread up a turkey's butt, but they deserve a medal of honor. If you don’t have someone that makes the real stuff in your family I’d recommend adopting someone that does because it’s that good.

  2. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy: Again, I need the homemade stuff here. Really the day before Thanksgiving should be a national holiday just so families have more time to make things the right way. A little cream, a little butter, perhaps some cheese and garlic and you’ve got yourself heaven on earth. Make it even better with some piping hot gravy that gets all over everything but you don’t care. It’s all going to the same place.

  3. Mac and Cheese: Long live the carb filled sides. I once viewed mac and cheese as something that’s not required on Thanksgiving, but I’ve now realized the error of my ways. Give me the oven baked variety, filled with gooey cheese and topped with Ritz crackers. Want to take it up a notch? Add some jalapenos, hot sauce, and chicken. Now you’re talking.

  4. Broccoli Casserole: It has broccoli in the title so it has to be healthy right? Again, cheese is the key here. The more the better. Broccoli is essentially just a filler if this is done right, to the point where it kind of just blends in with the cheese to create one texture. Again, Ritz crackers are a must over the top.

  5. HAM: America, it’s time we wake up. Our ancestors made turkey on Thanksgiving, but it’s time to evolve. Your typical Thanksgiving turkey just isn’t that good. It’s dry, it’s difficult to cut into, and the flavor is just kind of plain. For the betterment of the country I say we substitute baked ham. You know the one I’m talking about, with the spiral cut and the maple mustard glaze. It’s tender, it’s moist, and full of delicious flavors. Join me this year in getting rid of the Thanksgiving turkey and replacing it with a Thanksgiving ham. That’s something we can all be thankful for.

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