There are some foods that are pretty universal for American Thanksgiving: turkey (of course), stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, etc. You can go to almost any house on Thanksgiving and you’ll end up having a pretty typical meal that day.
But…a lot of families also apparently have some downright strange recipes for Thanksgiving as well. Foods that some of us might recoil at if it was placed in front of us.
This tweet generated quite the conversation on Twitter.
i cannot wait to hear about the recipes you’re all excited to make for thanksgiving but i am also here to hear about the weird inexplicable retro family recipes that end up on your thanksgiving table per tradition or nostalgia or whatever.
— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) November 23, 2019
You’ve been warned…
Okay, let’s get started!
1. Seafoam salad, anyone?
ours is a wild creation called seafoam salad. i thought this was a normal thing every family made and served for thanksgiving next to the turkey and the stuffing until i was 18. pic.twitter.com/xE7mQ8W99R
— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) November 23, 2019
2. Forget about the cranberry sauce.
In our house it’s am unholy creation called “Cinnamon Salad”, and it’s only has three ingredients: red hots, red jello, applesauce. My grandmother used to make this as a cranberry sauce alternative
— Kay McGuire, sentient void (@benafflecksmoke) November 23, 2019
3. What have you done?!?!
Oh my god it’s almost the “coca-cola salad” which I made and was a disaster. How is jello and cream cheese a thing! pic.twitter.com/WSelt2mHqQ
— Michel (@michelmcbride) November 23, 2019
4. An interesting choice…
This reminds me of the Pear “salad” my mom used to make growing up. We never had a cherry on top but it was served on a bed of lettuce (iceberg obviously). pic.twitter.com/78z9viniyN
— I’m Betty Blackwell (@mjprestarri) November 23, 2019
5. Sounds delicious!
Ours was "barf salad:" lemon lime jello, crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, & mayo or sour cream. Maybe both. Thankfully, we haven't had it in years.
— Velvet Hydrangea (@VelvetHydrangea) November 23, 2019
6. OH MY GOD.
Block of cream cheese on a plate. Top with a jar of cocktail sauce and a healthy portion of bay shrimp. Dip with Ritz. I just eat the shrimp and cocktail sauce with a water cracker.
— bliccy (@bliccy) November 23, 2019
7. Worse than it sounds.
Umm. Suet Pudding. It’s worse than it sounds. pic.twitter.com/nZerkF2Gn1
— Echimo Pie (@Echo9M) November 23, 2019
8. Can’t forget about that one.
I have repeatedly been exposed to “Tunies”: canned tuna mixed with margarine and a shelf-stable jar cheese, then baked on an English muffin. One year they were burned. A burned English muffin is its own kind of violence, but a burned Tunie? Forever seared in my sinuses.
— Ellen DeCandia (@ellendecandia) November 23, 2019
9. I wasn’t warned.
My ex husband’s aunt made a black cherry jello with cherries inside. I didn’t realize her secret twist was to pit the cherries and replace with walnuts. The first time I bit into one, I thought I shattered my molars. No one warned me. They thought it was normal, a thing.
— Lisa Stewart??? (@holachola) November 23, 2019
10. I’d probably try it…
Cheese carrots are a Thanksgiving staple at my in-laws. It doesn’t even look as nice as this picture. Literally just a block of velveeta cheese and carrots baked together. pic.twitter.com/lKIuvOwBj0
— Melissa (@MelissaAGNP) November 23, 2019
11. Holy sh*t.
I personally cannot put this near my mouth but I once witnessed a distant relation by marriage make “meatballs in brown sauce” by dumping frozen meatballs, a can of mild salsa, and a jar of Welch’s grape jelly into a crockpot. It’s “brown”
— Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) November 23, 2019
12. You’re still with him?
Boyfriend made this for my family's Thanksgiving last year. It's a bologna cake with ranch cream cheese icing. It was pretty good. pic.twitter.com/uNLblLvI9n
— HOMODEMON?️?? (@jaymesPRS) November 23, 2019
13. A sad Thanksgiving.
My future in-laws made creamed pearl onions and had 0 mac and cheese. It was the saddest Thanksgiving ever for me. I called my family and had them describe to me what they were eating.
— Alexis Reed (@flecksOFlex) November 23, 2019
14. Hmmmm, not sure about this.
Fried chicken livers! I know they’re gross to some people but most members of my family love and look forward to them on thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/M3gdP6vntf
— Cal Trask (@caltrask112) November 23, 2019
Those recipes certainly seem…interesting.
Does your family have any odd/strange/weird/gross/repulsive foods that they cook up every year? If so, share them with us in the comments!
Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!