Most people have Thanksgiving food traditions: ham, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and/or stuffing. Some people, however, have stranger traditions than others…
Ryan Hill, a sports management freshman, explained that he enjoys a twist on a Thanksgiving staple: turkey with barbecue sauce.
“I find turkey really boring and bland without it being marinated with barbecue sauce,” Hill said.
Hill said that the dish is similar to barbecue brisket in taste. Although Hill enjoys his specialized dish, his family disagrees.
“My family members call me weird for doing that during Thanksgiving,” Hill said. “I’m the only one in my family who eats this dish, but I get it all to myself, so I’m perfectly fine with that. After all, I’m all about that extra flavor.”
Although barbecue and turkey can sound slightly unappetizing, there are even more extreme food combinations being served on Thanksgiving.
Gage Gibbs, a multimedia journalism freshman, explains a dish his family calls “Throw Up.”
This dish is a salad that consists of Jell-O, cottage cheese, mandarin oranges, Cool Whip, crushed pineapple and the occasional sprinkle of cheddar cheese.
“‘Throw Up’ is considered a salad, but in my opinion, it’s far from it,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said that he personally hates the dish.
“It has too many flavors and textures that don’t belong together,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said that although most relatives steer clear of the dish, a few family members keep the tradition alive.
“My grandparents and my mom love it,” Gibbs said. “They act like it might be the best ‘dessert’ they’ve ever eaten.”
Although these weird food traditions may seem disgusting and out-of-place, unique traditions can add entertainment, interest and lively debate (that excludes politics) to a Thanksgiving feast.
Perhaps gross food combinations can be “tasteful” after all.