Thanksgiving is a special time for most American families. For some it’s a time to provide life updates to family members who otherwise rarely communicate. Others share stories and revisit memories of years past through old photo albums and home videos. The traditions of Thanksgiving vary from family to family, however the tradition of eating is universal. While the special recipes and niche items vary from place to place, we here at Arkiver have put together our Top 10 list of staple foods that feature on most Thanksgiving tables across America…

  1. Ham – There seems to be more non-pork eaters nowadays due to the health conscious millennial generation. However, as an original piece of the first Thanksgiving ever, we have to include ham in our top 10.


  1. Stuffing – A real hit or miss item. Stuffing at its best is a foodie favorite; at its worst it can quickly find its way to the dog bowl.


  1. Casseroles- You rarely see a plate at Thanksgiving dinner without some sort of casserole on it.


  1. Cranberry Sauce – Easily the closest thing to a dessert without actually being one. Cranberry sauce sweetens up the meal and gets those taste buds ready for some serious sugar after dinner.


  1. Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin Pie is a necessity because it’s pumpkin (the official fruit of fall), but it’s less popular to the younger crowd because it taste nothing like a PSL from Starbucks.


  1. Mashed Potatoes – How can you go wrong with mashed potatoes? Easily the most customizable dish on the list, mashed potatoes is a no-brainer.


  1. Gravy – It goes on everything and you can never have too much of it.


  1. Cornbread, Rolls, Biscuits – The biggest struggle for dieters is bread. No matter what form it comes in it’s always delicious.


  1. Turkey – Turkey is one of the most versatile and healthy items on the list, which is why it ranks number 2. You can fry, bake, grill, or smoke turkey. This versatility makes it a protein-packed favorite.


  1. Sweet Potato Anything – What would Thanksgiving be without sweet potatoes? The amounts of dishes you can create with sweet potatoes are endless. Personally, I’ve never seen leftover sweet potato soufflé or sweet potato pie, which is why this dish comes in at No. 1 on the list.


Enjoy making memories around a table filled with your favorite foods this Thanksgiving!

Logan Metcalfe
Logan is the founder and CEO of Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wondeful wife and two children who inspired him to create Arkiver to preserve their family photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with his family back in New Zealand.