Can you name the Thanksgiving food item?


By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

While many holidays are celebrated with a meal, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the meal and the harvest of the food served. Do you know what many people eat on this special day? Find out by taking this quiz.

Which dish usually has French fried onions on top?

Dorcas Reilly created the recipe for green bean casserole in the Campbell’s Soup Test Kitchen. It was first published in 1955.


Which dish requires you to slice vegetables thinly?

“To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ― Alan Cohen


Which Thanksgiving food finishes the statement, “As American as __________?”

There are four U. S. cities with “Turkey” in the name: Turkey Creek, LA (pop. 443), Turkey, TX (pop. 396), Turkey, North Carolina (pop. 295), and Turkey Creek, AZ (pop. 294). There are also two townships: Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.


Which dish can be served straight from the can without cooking?

Cranberries are picky about the environment where they are grown. They need a lot of water and a long, cold winter. With the introduction of wet harvesting, where fields are completely flooded, and the cranberries then float to the top, instead of 20-30 workers during harvest, farmers only needed 4-5.


Which food is topped with butter or gravy?

Black Friday-the day after Thanksgiving-is the busiest day of the year. Not only are retail stores overwhelmed with shoppers, but also Roto-Rooter is called to clean out more plumbing on that day than any other day of the year.


Which is considered by most the main dish during Thanksgiving?

According to historian Mark Morton, terms such as “drumstick,” “white meat,” and “dark meat” came into existence as a way for Victorians to avoid saying scandalous words like, “leg” and “breast.”


Which food requires yeast to make it rise?

“Let us remember that as much as has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart, as well as from the lips and shows itself in deeds.” –Theodore Roosevelt


Which dish is served with the meal but can be more of a dessert?

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A. Some sweet potato casserole recipes call for adding marshmallows or pecans.


Which is a holiday dessert made from a type of squash?

"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” –Jim Davis


Which appetizer goes best with crackers or vegetables?

During the first years of life, turkeys fight in battles that last up to two hours to determine social hierarchy and dominance. During breeding season, there might be 170 males who display before the females, but only about six of those will actually get to mate.


Which sauce is sometimes made with the turkey’s giblets (heart, liver, gizzard)?

Wild turkeys can run 12 miles per hour, fly 40-50 miles per hour in short spurts, and swim like a duck. Domestic turkeys are lazier and can’t fly, which leads to lighter turkey breast meat that is lower in fat.


Which dish is usually topped with crackers?

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” ― Oprah Winfrey


Which side dish is made using fruit-flavored gelatin?

Perfection salad won its creator, Mrs. John E. Cook of New Castle, Pennsylvania, a $100 sewing machine. The recipe originally called for unflavored gelatin, but most cooks use Jell-O to create theirs today. Cranberry varieties are common for Thanksgiving.


Although there are many stove-top, boxed varieties, most people make a homemade baked version of which dish for Thanksgiving?

Thomas Jefferson served macaroni and cheese at a state dinner in 1802. Kraft invented its boxed version in 1937, and it helped Americans get through the Great Depression and World War II rationing.


Which traditional dish can be either sweet or savory?

It was too hot and wet to grow wheat in the South. Initially, cornbread recipes were similar to those for corn tortillas, containing only corn flour and water. Some people prefer sweet cornbread. Others consider it a sacrilege,. A third group will eat it either way.


Which dessert is made from Karo syrup?

“America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving.” %0D― Janet Clarkson, Pie: A Global History


Which side dish is sometimes called “mini-cabbages?”

For some, Thanksgiving is the only time of year Brussels sprouts are prepared. Although they date from Rome, they were popular in Belgium during the 16th century and derived their name from its capital.


Which of the following foods is made from leaves?

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” –Neal A. Maxwell


Which of the following was originally served in a pumpkin shell?

Wild turkeys are considered to be one of the most cunning birds to hunt. However, their domesticated counterparts are considered rather dumb.


Which vegetable dish would be the least suitable for the lactose intolerant?

Pearl onions are mild and sweet. They are usually grown close together to prevent them from getting too large.


Which main course alternative is composed of several animals?

Although Turducken appeared in the 1980s, stuffing one animal inside another has happened in culinary traditions dating back to ancient Rome. Not only must the turkey, duck, and chicken be deboned before the process takes place, but the final roast can be tricky to cook without drying out the turkey portion or undercooking the duck and chicken.


Which dish is chopped vegetables, but also may contain olives, pickles, and diced cheese?

“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein


Which Thanksgiving dish contains a white vegetable?

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” –G.K. Chesterton


Which alternative is the first choice as opposed to turkey for the main course?

Around 46 million turkeys are eaten each year for Thanksgiving. However, only 88 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.


Which food can be cooked inside the turkey or out of it?

Sarah Josepha Hale was a writer and editor, famed for “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” In 1863, she began a campaign of articles and letters that eventually persuaded President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.


Which is a non-alcoholic Thanksgiving beverage?

Other Thanksgiving non-alcoholic favorites include pumpkin spiced hot chocolate and coffees, cranberry juice, and apple julep. Those who want an early start on the Christmas season may serve non-alcoholic eggnog or peppermint flavored coffees and hot chocolate.


Which Thanksgiving side dish contains a sea mollusk?

Stuffing first appeared in 1538, but the name was changed to dressing during the Victorian era. Oysters were added to stuffing in the 1700s.


Which Thanksgiving food is never found at a fair?

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”– Alphonse Karr


Which food turns a vegetable into a dessert?

Yams are a white root vegetable, and sweet potatoes are sweeter and yellow to orange in color. In the United States, both terms are used to refer to sweet potatoes, but products labeled “yams” must also say “sweet potato” on them, according to regulation.


Which dessert is frequently stuffed with butter, cinnamon and sugar?

In the early 20th century, wild turkeys were becoming scarce. First, the government tried raising them on farms and releasing them, but the farm-raised turkeys were equated to releasing a kid from New York in the wild and forcing him to figure out how to survive. Finally, a redistribution program was devised that simply moved wild turkeys from populated areas to those where the population was small or non-existent.


Which food gets its seeds removed before it is cooked?

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies, but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” –Henry Ward Beecher


Which food is an alternative to rolls?

Turkeys given a presidential pardon were initially sent to “Frying Pan Park” to live out the rest of their days. In 2005, President George W. Bush decided to send them to Disneyland as the Grand Marshals in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then they lived at Disney on the Circle D Ranch. In 2009, they were sent to Mount Vernon, but as of 2013, they go to a special retirement place called Morven Park in Leesburg.


Which food is the stem of the plant?

Asparagus has both male and female plants. The males produce flowers that make pollen, and the females produce berries that have seeds inside. Both make the edible spears.


Which appetizer uses mayonnaise or salad dressing?

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” – Fred De Witt Van Amburgh


Which dish is not eaten during the Thanksgiving meal but afterwards — usually the next day?

According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), leftovers should be wrapped well and kept three to four days days in the refrigerator or three to four months in the freezer. Frozen food can be safer longer but might lose moisture and flavor. If you reheat thawed leftovers to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, it is safe to refreeze them.


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