Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! This has many Americans drooling in anticipation of the feasts that’ll be laid out before family and friends. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, mac and cheese, roasted vegetables, that canned cranberry sauce that somehow has become a staple, all gather together as we talk about gratefulness. But not all Thanksgiving dishes are created equal. Some are downright heinous. And over the weekend, Twitter became a place to share stories and recipes for the grossest Thanksgiving side dishes.
It all began when tech reporter Maya Kosoff shared the recipe and results of her family’s “Seafoam Salad,” which is made from lime jello, canned pears, cream cheese, and cool whip.
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
Twitter users responded with their own brushes with unique and questionable Thanksgiving trimmings.
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
Every year my aunt brings her spam salad which is just a block of Spam mixed with a block of cream cheese with pineapple chunks all over it, served with ritz.— Lauren Leyva (@laurenofleyva) November 24, 2019
Oh my god…— Dee Hanson (@DeeHansonTweets) November 23, 2019
"Leave out for 1-2 hours." Followed by "salad separates into three layers."
Is this safe?? pic.twitter.com/dFpB7x7XRD
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
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
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
Umm. Suet Pudding. It’s worse than it sounds. pic.twitter.com/nZerkF2Gn1— Echimo Pie (@Echo9M) November 23, 2019
My grandmother, who had zero cooking skills, used to make this every holiday.— Jennifer Volpe Douglas (@Volpinator1) November 23, 2019
While I miss her presence at the table, I’m definitely happy we don’t have to pretend to enjoy this abomination anymore. pic.twitter.com/h2gHrOJctV
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
My aunt makes her fruit cakes by taking several boxes of graham crackers, tossing them in a (clean) Hefty garbage bag, and driving over the bag repeatedly with her car to crush. That’s actually our longest standing tradition.— Eva Parker (@OG5Eva) November 23, 2019
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
I just showed these to my son and we both shook our heads in unison and said “Americans” pic.twitter.com/bDd5Xe9HWb— ollie (@_olliemorgan) November 24, 2019
Image sources (in order of posting): Getty (Jell-o Salad in the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden)