Tex Barron

It’s the middle of November, and that means holidays. People are rushing about, traveling, shopping, and cooking. Most people have traditional holiday dishes that they love to eat around this time of year. Here is a ranking of the top ten holiday dishes that are perfect for any celebration.

Ranking in at number 10 are mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are a traditional holiday staple that many people enjoy. They’re warm, buttery, garlicky, and oh-so-delicious! Pair with some gravy on the side and mashed potatoes by themselves could make anyone break their diet.

Taking number nine is ham. Granted, ham is more for December holidays, but it works for any celebration. Glazing the ham with brown sugar or maple flavoring brings out wonderful sweet and salty tastes in the meat. Ham is also a good substitute for those who don’t like turkey.

Number eight is corn on the cob. Don’t use frozen corn; fresh ears of corn are the best. They take a little extra work, but they take on flavors better. When drenched in melted butter, they make your taste buds sing.

Sliding in at number seven is turkey. Turkey is a dish that is usually the centerpiece of most holiday dinner tables. The meat goes well, like ham, with practically every other holiday dish and it is perfect to share with everyone no matter their beliefs. White meat or dark meat, you can’t go wrong with this tasty bird.

Number six is cheesy broccoli and rice casserole. This can be made with frozen ingredients or from scratch. It’s delicious both ways! Fresh out of the oven is when it tastes best. The cheese is gooey, the broccoli is soft and it is oh so yummy.

Number five is another holiday staple: sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes can be prepared in a variety of way, from baked like a regular potato to mashed. However, the best is to get a can of sweet potatoes, put them in a bowl, and mix in some brown sugar. Then pour the potatoes into a casserole dish, put marshmallows on top and bake in the oven. The smell alone is incredible!

Number four is the icing on the cake, or in this case the pie. Pumpkin pie is pretty traditional around Thanksgiving and it’s no surprise why. Pumpkin is a fall staple by itself, but put it into a pie and you’ve got a fantastic dessert dish. It’s sweet and it goes great with Cool Whip whipped cream. Pumpkin pie is the perfect way to finish a good dinner.

Number three is a wonderful side dish called green bean casserole. Cream of mushroom soup, canned green beans, and fried onions come together to create a glorious dish that compliments any flavor, especially sweet potatoes.

Number two is not a dish, but a drink. Authentic southern sweet tea is the perfect way to wash down all that good food. It’s cold, refreshing, and the sweetness goes with the saltiness of the food. This can be homemade or bought from a restaurant.

Reigning champion and taking number one is corn pudding! Most people don’t actually know what this dish is, despite it being reigning champion. Some think it’s an actual pudding, some think it’s a casserole. Corn pudding is a mixture of cream corn, whole kernel corn, corn muffin mix, and sour cream. Those ingredients don’t sound like they would go well together, but once they’re mixed and baked they create a truly decadent dish.

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