Even though the practice of gorging oneself on (American) Thanksgiving is pretty widespread, I'm always fascinated by the small differences in each traditional family meal. Some people roast the turkey, some brine it first, some deep fat fry the turkey, some people don't even serve turkey at all, but rather ham or chicken. Or tofu.
Some people like their sweet potatoes sweetened with brown sugar and marshmallows, others like them spiced with cayenne pepper and toasted. My dad likes his cranberry sauce right out of a can and sliced into jello-ish rings, and my wife much prefers home made cranberry sauce with whipped cream and raisins. I prefer the stuffing that's cooked inside the bird, and my mother prefers the dressing that is baked outside the bird but with the giblets thrown in.
I'm a huge fan of apple pie but I intentionally avoid pumpkin pie, and my brother is the exact opposite.
My favorite dish happens to be the broccoli salad that I think my wife got from an old Weight Watchers book. Some broccoli mixed with raisins, vinegar, mayo, and onions makes the perfect light, fresh taste to offset the heavy gravy, buttery potatoes, and green bean casserole all competing for space in my munchie cave.
That and, if you have not tried it yet, brining a turkey is TOTALLY worth the time and hassle.
What is your favorite dish / recipe to mark the beginning of 30 days of overeating?