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Top Four 22: Thanksgiving Side Dishes


00:00:00   hi everybody welcome to top for the

00:00:02   Thanksgiving Black Friday leftover a

00:00:04   special extra bonus show that's kind of

00:00:07   amazing Thanks I love that like we're

00:00:09   like this is the leftover show because

00:00:11   we're recording our Black Friday slash

00:00:13   Thanksgiving episode after Thanksgiving

00:00:15   and at almost the end of Black Friday

00:00:17   and we just ate a whole bunch of

00:00:19   leftovers so we decided that this

00:00:21   episode we would talk about our favorite

00:00:24   American Thanksgiving side dishes and I

00:00:28   think there should be two judging

00:00:29   factors I think the first one should be

00:00:32   the the factor of it being the day of

00:00:36   how much you like it

00:00:38   and then how good it is as a leftover

00:00:41   and then on a smaller scale you know

00:00:45   we're dropping down the chart level here

00:00:47   what's that called we're indenting we

00:00:50   have a small a it is the sandwich or

00:00:53   plate factor on its leftover ability so

00:00:57   that's what we're going to be talking

00:00:58   about that is pretty good yeah I mean I

00:01:00   think a lot of this will ride on you

00:01:03   know for the dear listeners a lot of us

00:01:04   will write on whether you are a leftover

00:01:06   consuming family or not who isn't why

00:01:09   who mad not like there has to be left

00:01:11   for leftovers at Thanksgiving there

00:01:12   always is so whether you begrudge

00:01:15   initely eat them or you lovingly eat

00:01:17   them

00:01:18   they are there for you I will say that

00:01:20   like if if you if you either host

00:01:22   Thanksgiving at your house or if you are

00:01:25   staying like with your family for a

00:01:27   multi-day thing at their house it

00:01:29   dramatically increases your chances of

00:01:30   having to eat leftovers like if you are

00:01:32   just in and out that same night then I

00:01:35   feel like you can probably escape

00:01:36   without any leftovers or with minimal

00:01:38   leftover well someone's definitely gonna

00:01:40   push it to go box on you I mean yeah and

00:01:42   you have to eat the leftovers otherwise

00:01:44   you're a wasteful monster exactly

00:01:45   because there's a lotta so and and I

00:01:47   think like it's interesting when you

00:01:48   think about it as we're gonna talk about

00:01:49   it when we think about like which which

00:01:52   parts of Thanksgiving meals are better

00:01:54   or worse including their ability for

00:01:57   leftovers it figure like you're only

00:01:59   eating the the fresh hot version for one

00:02:02   meal and you're also like during that

00:02:05   same meal you're eating so much other

00:02:07   stuff that the the individual amount of

00:02:10   any particular side that side dish that

00:02:12   you might take any

00:02:13   for that one fresh meal where they're

00:02:15   all hot could be really small and that's

00:02:17   just one meal whereas if you then eat

00:02:19   leftovers you could be eating a lot of

00:02:22   something for one meal or you could be

00:02:24   eating these things for like two or

00:02:25   three or four more meals after the

00:02:28   initial dinner so I feel like the

00:02:29   leftover factor for many of these things

00:02:30   is almost more important than how good

00:02:32   it is on that first that first dinner

00:02:34   mm-hmm yeah probably but you could also

00:02:36   depending on what time you eat your

00:02:39   Thanksgiving dinner you could be

00:02:40   essentially having leftovers that same

00:02:43   day like if you are a two o'clock dinner

00:02:45   family at seven o'clock you're ready for

00:02:48   a pilgrim sandwich you know like you're

00:02:50   ready to get it going put it on some

00:02:51   bread or some rolls if you could find

00:02:53   them the rest of the country since New

00:02:55   York has the best rolls and they're

00:02:57   apparently nowhere else to be found

00:02:59   other times when we've had Thanksgiving

00:03:00   other places and we have not been able

00:03:02   to find rolls just a tragedy tragedy

00:03:04   anyway so yeah let's uh let's list some

00:03:09   things and then we can pick from them

00:03:11   because we didn't prepare yeah TIFF

00:03:14   decided to not let me prepare her for

00:03:16   this and just basically let's plow her

00:03:18   into it record our thought process so

00:03:19   yeah so uh I think for me I'm gonna have

00:03:23   to start with stuffing you know stuffing

00:03:27   which I some people call dressing but

00:03:30   it's not the kind of stuff you put on

00:03:31   salad is the kind of stuff that you

00:03:32   theoretically stuff a large bird with

00:03:34   but I don't know if anybody actually

00:03:35   does that or if you just serve it on the

00:03:37   side these days I think there's two ways

00:03:39   to do it depends on how long you want to

00:03:40   cook your turkey if you wanna cook your

00:03:41   turkey for a very long time or you're

00:03:43   not doing one of the new trendy hipster

00:03:46   cooking methods of smoking or

00:03:48   deep-frying your turkey then I believe

00:03:51   you you can stuff it or not but

00:03:54   stuffings tricky stuff it or not

00:03:57   so stuffing it's tricky because it's

00:04:00   very particular it's like it's like red

00:04:02   sauce right you you have your stuffing

00:04:05   that you like there's also vegetable

00:04:06   stuffing which tastes totally different

00:04:09   than the delicious sausage stuffing

00:04:11   johnswort

00:04:11   I think so wet soggy croutons we've also

00:04:14   had oysters dressing at one point so

00:04:20   there's lots of different things out

00:04:21   there that people have for their

00:04:23   different family traditions but yeah I'm

00:04:26   gonna say my mom

00:04:27   stuffing which is made with breakfast

00:04:30   sausage kind of meat I don't know yeah

00:04:33   it's very good

00:04:34   what is a special sausage she always

00:04:36   uses she talks about all the time I

00:04:37   think it's just like regular brioche no

00:04:40   there's like no it's not just regular

00:04:41   breakfast it's not like links it's Anna

00:04:43   it's in a tube okay it's like loose

00:04:46   sausage meat yeah things and you crumble

00:04:49   it up oh it is just there's one

00:04:51   particular brand

00:04:52   I think it's Jones's or something like

00:04:54   that who knows I don't know but there's

00:04:55   one brand that's like super good that

00:04:57   you put in the stuffing and you mean the

00:04:59   Turkey drippings and all that business

00:05:01   but it is the best stuffing I have ever

00:05:04   ever ever had regardless of having to

00:05:07   grow up with it everyone who has it

00:05:08   thinks it's amazing and everyone who had

00:05:11   it this Thanksgiving thought it was

00:05:12   amazing so stuffing is pretty high on my

00:05:14   list it might even be my number one I

00:05:16   think it's my number one two because it

00:05:18   is it is not only you know it from a

00:05:21   from a pure like you know first day

00:05:22   taste perspective it's just awesome like

00:05:24   and and you know and it really helps

00:05:26   that your mom makes really good stuffing

00:05:28   but even when I've had less good

00:05:30   stuffings I still love them because it's

00:05:33   you know usually the stuff like if it

00:05:35   starts from one of those big bags of

00:05:37   stuffing mix at the grocery store is it

00:05:38   those are basically crew tights like a

00:05:40   bag of croutons basically I know like

00:05:42   add butter and stuff and so it's

00:05:43   basically saturated bread cubes with

00:05:46   butter that are then squished down into

00:05:48   something else with lots of other

00:05:49   delicious things where the record is not

00:05:51   from any kind of bag situation

00:05:53   sure okay that's fine but I'm just

00:05:55   saying like it's pretty hard to make a

00:05:57   stuffing taste bad you know like your

00:06:00   mom's is exceptional and I and I it is

00:06:02   by far my favorite however I've I've

00:06:04   almost never had a bad stuffing nope and

00:06:06   it's so good as leftovers it's the best

00:06:09   leftover food and you know what there is

00:06:11   nothing like a cold fistful of stuffing

00:06:13   after a Thanksgiving meal and I don't

00:06:16   know about cold oh my gosh the morning

00:06:18   after the Fistful of tea just grab some

00:06:21   stuffing out of the bowl I need to eat

00:06:23   it it is just the best

00:06:25   I'd rather crumble it up a little bit

00:06:26   and put the toaster oven for a few

00:06:27   minutes hey I got you over to the side

00:06:29   of leftover pizza in the morning for

00:06:31   breakfast nice cold slices you like it

00:06:33   now you will come over to the side of

00:06:36   the cold fist full of stuffing the first

00:06:38   thing the morning after Thanksgiving

00:06:39   maybe a few more years

00:06:41   you can work on me a few more years on

00:06:42   that but yeah and I agree like a toe it

00:06:44   reheats very well you know and it's as

00:06:48   you mentioned like the reheat ability is

00:06:49   very important for this ranking yeah

00:06:51   it's it's good hot or cold mm-hmm it is

00:06:54   good as a plate it is great on a

00:06:56   sandwich hmm a little disc and yep it's

00:06:59   one of the layers of the sandwich the

00:07:01   turkey sandwich so it is an overall

00:07:04   win-win-win

00:07:05   yeah there there is never a Thanksgiving

00:07:07   meal or a leftovers meal in which I

00:07:10   don't want stuffing like that is always

00:07:13   part of it and I will eat it until

00:07:15   there's no more all right so a pretty

00:07:17   firm on stuffing as both are number one

00:07:19   yeah definite Art in hi

00:07:20   all right let's let's move down the

00:07:22   ranks here this is top four we got to

00:07:24   pick four yeah not the stuffing episode

00:07:26   and then we have to consider the turkey

00:07:27   itself no we don't its side dishes

00:07:29   everyone is Turkey everyone cooks it

00:07:31   different it's fine it's Turkey no one

00:07:33   cares but we'll see and I think it's

00:07:35   interesting to note that the dish that

00:07:37   Thanksgiving is known for which is the

00:07:39   turkey even if you were to permit it on

00:07:42   this list I bet it would be on very few

00:07:44   people's top four and I believe it take

00:07:46   it or leave it Turkey I don't really

00:07:47   mind busy and I actually really enjoy a

00:07:49   nicely cooked turkey which is not all

00:07:51   not all turkeys of course but I really

00:07:53   when a turkey is cooked well I really

00:07:57   enjoyed I really do like Turkey a lot of

00:07:58   people who just don't like it and I

00:07:59   understand that I really do like it but

00:08:02   but it's rare to get it well made

00:08:05   unfortunately we have we have good cooks

00:08:07   in the family so ours usually are well

00:08:09   made so we look at in that department I

00:08:11   might rank the turkey somewhere in that

00:08:14   list near the bottom maybe but the

00:08:17   problem with turkey is that it really

00:08:18   does not reheat very gracefully like you

00:08:20   if it's if it's cooked well and with

00:08:22   skill you can get it to be nice and

00:08:25   moist and juicy and amazing on that

00:08:26   night when it's when it comes out but

00:08:28   the second you reheat it it becomes very

00:08:30   dry well not even dry it just has that

00:08:32   strange reheated turkey taste yeah it

00:08:35   gets it gets I don't know what that is

00:08:37   wait a sec it's altered slightly and not

00:08:40   in a good way

00:08:41   I don't know science happens overnight

00:08:42   and it just doesn't taste good yeah

00:08:44   exactly

00:08:45   all right moving on what would you think

00:08:47   I'm thinking I'm debating between mashed

00:08:50   potatoes and sweet potato casserole

00:08:52   they are both potatoes but extremely

00:08:54   different one

00:08:55   practically a dessert the other is just

00:08:57   delicious mashed potatoes and gravy it

00:08:59   has of the gravy so I should point out

00:09:01   we should point out what sweet potato

00:09:03   casserole is for any of our listeners

00:09:04   who don't know because I've actually

00:09:05   found that fewer people that I expect

00:09:07   have have heard of this dish though it

00:09:09   might be regionally think maybe or

00:09:11   anyway so this is basically mashed sweet

00:09:16   potatoes if you're lucky canned if

00:09:18   you're not but mashed potatoes which are

00:09:20   yams to some people I think there's a

00:09:22   difference but nobody cares and they're

00:09:24   interchangeable as far as this dish is

00:09:26   concerned yes orange sweet potatoes it

00:09:28   depends on how orange you want your

00:09:29   casserole to be depending on which yummy

00:09:32   product you decide to pick yeah anyway

00:09:34   whatever your local version of that is

00:09:36   you basically make a mashed version of

00:09:38   that so it's full of like you know

00:09:39   butter and maybe maybe cream or is there

00:09:42   butter yes sugar yes you had brown sugar

00:09:47   usually a regular sugar or both so you

00:09:50   basically make a really good sweet match

00:09:52   base you could put eggs in it that's

00:09:54   right yeah tooth and then you put it in

00:09:56   a baking dish like a big rectangle

00:09:57   baking dish and you sprinkle on top of

00:10:00   it either brown sugar crumbles

00:10:03   marshmallows or both well the brown

00:10:06   sugar crumbles are like the same topping

00:10:08   that you'd have on a coffee cake yeah um

00:10:10   cake yeah so it's a crumb cake

00:10:12   essentially toppings basically it's like

00:10:14   sugar and butter and yeah balls with

00:10:15   with pecans chopped pecans in it yeah

00:10:18   optionally chopped be yeah absolutely

00:10:20   guys yeah I'm not a huge pecan fan but

00:10:23   actually do like this dish with them it

00:10:25   does add something but yes so you know

00:10:28   this is very very sweet potato mash base

00:10:31   that has added sugar in it already then

00:10:34   you add a sugary crumb topping to it and

00:10:37   then you bake that so the sugary crumb

00:10:39   topping kind of like caramelized yes get

00:10:41   hot then you put the marshmallows on the

00:10:43   last like last five minutes yeah so they

00:10:46   post right on top so you have like a

00:10:48   crunchy layer of marshmallow with the

00:10:50   gooey marshmallow underneath yeah yeah I

00:10:53   mean yeah it's basically a hot ice cream

00:10:55   sundae like it there's like everything

00:10:57   everything about it is Sunday yeah

00:10:59   everything about it is like incredibly

00:11:00   sugary but it's delicious and it reheats

00:11:04   really well yes that's another thing

00:11:06   about this like it's in most casserole

00:11:09   old-type dishes do reheat well and this

00:11:10   one is no exception this ruthless

00:11:12   religious reheat very very well and so I

00:11:14   think I might put this as my number two

00:11:17   because I really enjoy it it it sounds

00:11:21   like a vegetable even though it's far

00:11:23   from it but it sounds like a vegetable

00:11:25   so it has some kind of tastes like

00:11:27   dessert yeah it's delicious

00:11:29   that's why I think it's falling down my

00:11:30   list is because it tastes like dessert I

00:11:32   don't care desserts good oh yeah that's

00:11:34   not a side dish no number two and it's

00:11:36   another one we're like every

00:11:38   Thanksgiving meal and reheated meal

00:11:40   afterwards I always want some of this as

00:11:42   part of that meal so sweet potato

00:11:45   casserole is my number two all right I'm

00:11:46   gonna put it at my number three actually

00:11:48   because I'm filling in my number two

00:11:51   slot with mashed potatoes and gravy

00:11:52   because you know I love my mom's mashed

00:11:55   potatoes again it's all about like what

00:11:56   you grew up with my own SMAP mashed

00:11:57   potatoes has a whole bunch of onion salt

00:12:00   in it mm-hmm oh they are just so

00:12:02   delicious no little lumps at all

00:12:04   anywhere in them they are wonderful with

00:12:07   some nice gravy on them with onion

00:12:09   pieces in the gravy oh it's just divine

00:12:12   see I'm not sure I'd put my fuse in my

00:12:14   list at all maybe because I will see how

00:12:17   what I get when it when I get down to

00:12:18   three and four but the problem with

00:12:21   master Cato's is that they are really

00:12:23   good but you could not only do you have

00:12:24   those all year round you're like you can

00:12:26   get mashed potatoes any time and I love

00:12:28   them every time I do too but I'm

00:12:31   Thanksgiving there's so much stuff that

00:12:32   you can only get on Thanksgiving really

00:12:34   that you don't really cook the rest of

00:12:35   the year and so like it's against the

00:12:37   law you can cook this stuff the rest of

00:12:38   the year but nobody does so basically

00:12:41   like I feel like mashed potatoes are

00:12:42   kind of drowned out by the the novelty

00:12:45   and and like the wow factor of other

00:12:47   Thanksgiving side dishes because the

00:12:49   master haters are kind of they're kind

00:12:52   of an everyday thing no for me when

00:12:53   we've had Thanksgiving dinner without

00:12:55   mashed potatoes I sorely missed them no

00:12:58   I can get that also one more but you

00:13:01   need a break so like everything is so

00:13:03   rich and every I just I like that's what

00:13:05   the Turkish for yeah yeah they're very

00:13:09   filling and on Thanksgiving you you kind

00:13:12   of you really have to control what

00:13:14   you're eating that is very filling

00:13:15   because you could very easily get

00:13:16   carried away and all of a sudden you're

00:13:18   full of mashed potatoes and you don't

00:13:19   have room for anything else no I like I

00:13:21   like a good May

00:13:23   mashed potato lots of flavor I like it

00:13:26   it's my number two number three sweet

00:13:29   potatoes it's so deserty

00:13:30   it's just so dude it's so deserty yeah I

00:13:33   mean I get that so I don't know what my

00:13:36   number three would be I mean I really do

00:13:37   enjoy the green bean casserole that's

00:13:39   one so we should also describe this for

00:13:41   anybody who does not who's unaware of

00:13:42   this green bean casserole wait before

00:13:45   you get into green bean casserole I want

00:13:46   to go back mashed potatoes have great

00:13:49   reheat ability and they are also

00:13:51   necessary as a layer in the sandwich

00:13:54   yeah you do not you do not put the sweet

00:13:58   potatoes into the sandwich no they use

00:14:00   out you can't do that you're right they

00:14:01   only have plate ability for leftovers

00:14:03   that's true I will say though that the

00:14:05   that a layer of a of a disk of stuffing

00:14:09   can serve the same purpose it can do

00:14:12   both but why why wouldn't you that's

00:14:14   fair I mean you can do both and that's

00:14:15   fine I like the distinct layers that's

00:14:17   fair okay so yeah green bean casserole

00:14:20   this is another dish that I don't know

00:14:23   how many people know about so I will

00:14:24   describe I forgive me if you already

00:14:25   know but basically also called string

00:14:27   bean casserole sometimes yeah right yeah

00:14:29   whatever those beans are called french

00:14:31   beans are they said the same I've never

00:14:32   heard it called French bean casserole

00:14:34   but yes there it is they're just

00:14:35   skinnier versions of green be long green

00:14:37   beans that you all hated as a kid but

00:14:39   it's an adult you realize hey there

00:14:40   aren't too bad just like most vegetables

00:14:42   so anyway green bean casserole is an

00:14:45   excuse to eat crispy fried onions that

00:14:47   are that you buy in a can you sprinkle

00:14:49   on top everything below that is less

00:14:51   important so what why don't you doesn't

00:14:55   have your side dishes crispy fried

00:14:57   onions I'm okay I do eat them straight

00:14:59   from the can when they're around I

00:15:01   always like kind of sneak some some

00:15:02   handfuls of him but it's more that

00:15:04   nobody would really accept that as a

00:15:06   valid side dish choice

00:15:08   so my valid side dish choice is green

00:15:11   bean casserole because it's I like it

00:15:13   you know it's perfectly good perfectly

00:15:15   good but so describe for the people what

00:15:17   the what makes it a casserole you put it

00:15:21   in the oven and then you put something

00:15:22   delicious on top which is crispy fried

00:15:23   onions no you you're missing an entire

00:15:25   chunk of the ingredients here okay so

00:15:28   the bottle oh the crispy fried onions

00:15:30   you're supposed to have a layer of some

00:15:33   kind of combination of green bean

00:15:34   mushroom soup all right here

00:15:36   talking about I made this so I will talk

00:15:38   about it you have green beans and you

00:15:41   boil them so that you know they get

00:15:42   bright and green and cooked then you

00:15:44   make kind of like a mushroom cream soup

00:15:47   type of sauce for it so you have like

00:15:51   the mushrooms and cream and it becomes

00:15:55   soup yes and the magic and cooking and

00:15:59   some garlic and you know you're good and

00:16:01   you get some magic and some cooking and

00:16:03   garlic that's all it takes to cook it's

00:16:05   not that hard that's true

00:16:07   cooking you're a grown person you should

00:16:09   learn how to cook so you put the salt

00:16:11   you put the the green beans then into

00:16:15   the sauce and kind of like mix it up

00:16:16   kind of like you would a pasta and then

00:16:18   you dump all of that into the casserole

00:16:21   dish and then you top it with crispy

00:16:23   onions you can make the onions yourself

00:16:25   by deep-frying some very thin sliced

00:16:27   onions after you dip them in flour and

00:16:30   some like panko breadcrumbs and some

00:16:32   salt and pepper and then you can fry

00:16:34   them up in like a canola oil something

00:16:35   that can tolerate a high heat and then

00:16:38   you can put that on top and it all kind

00:16:40   of crisps and bubbles up together and

00:16:42   it's delicious so here's what I like

00:16:44   about green bean casserole which is or

00:16:46   you can make it all from canned goods

00:16:48   exactly green beans you can mushroom

00:16:52   soup yeah and see the great thing of and

00:16:54   you can and you can get the canned you

00:16:56   know the little tub of crispy fried

00:16:58   onions and you just sprinkle the top set

00:16:59   and so it's an easy dish to make it as a

00:17:02   filler so you have something green on

00:17:03   your plate or you can kind of it acacia

00:17:05   cameras greenish greenish yeah but it's

00:17:08   okay I mean like it's still a thing

00:17:09   right like there's a whole bunch of

00:17:11   different ways to make all of this stuff

00:17:12   well this is like one of the reasons

00:17:14   first of all one of the reasons why I

00:17:15   think this is a popular dish in this in

00:17:17   at least in this part of America I've

00:17:19   had all of America who knows but this

00:17:20   and and these people tuna casserole are

00:17:23   both able to be made basically as

00:17:26   freshly and as skilled as you want or as

00:17:29   canned and unskilled as you want like it

00:17:32   doesn't really I wouldn't say it doesn't

00:17:34   matter at all but you can have a green

00:17:37   bean casserole it's made of canned green

00:17:39   beans and Campbell's mushroom soup and

00:17:40   just mix together with you know whatever

00:17:42   Frank's just frightened is it are

00:17:43   sprinkle on top and it's delicious it's

00:17:46   absolutely delicious and like so and

00:17:47   it's this year you actually made all

00:17:50   this

00:17:50   stuff like basically from scratch I did

00:17:52   it's my dream it has yeah he's like you

00:17:55   know growing up like you know I would

00:17:56   had these dishes almost every

00:17:57   Thanksgiving we didn't have a lot of

00:17:59   fancy cooking happening in my household

00:18:01   we had you know the basics happening in

00:18:02   my household so we had all you know the

00:18:05   can versions of these things I I like

00:18:07   them then too

00:18:08   like these kind of dishes work whether

00:18:11   you use fancy ingredients with like

00:18:13   skilled cooking methods or whether you

00:18:15   just dump things from a can into the

00:18:17   oven and sprinkle stuff on top that's

00:18:18   the beauty of these dishes well and it

00:18:20   also depends on - how much of the meal

00:18:22   you're cooking right like if you're one

00:18:23   person and you're trying to cook this

00:18:25   tremendous elaborate meal for people

00:18:28   sometimes you just need a you know a

00:18:31   dump side dish that you just like take

00:18:33   some things and you put it all together

00:18:34   and then you can focus your culinary

00:18:37   efforts on different parts of the meal

00:18:39   to me and so it depends on what you

00:18:41   yourself are happy cooking right to

00:18:44   clarify using the term dump there as

00:18:46   like the method not like the

00:18:47   classification ya know like you know you

00:18:49   open a can and you put it in add say

00:18:52   yeah you can add anything and stuff to

00:18:53   to heighten the experience but in

00:18:57   general it keeps that dish simple so you

00:18:59   can then focus on something else yeah

00:19:01   and I would say really you know like

00:19:03   that your freshly made ones this year no

00:19:06   question they were better than the

00:19:07   canned stuff but I would say my

00:19:09   enjoyment of the canned one it's only

00:19:12   maybe you know 60 or 75 percent as much

00:19:15   as I enjoy your fresh one well I'm good

00:19:18   I only made a couple dishes other people

00:19:20   made dishes and then some exact like we

00:19:21   split the cooking between three families

00:19:24   so we were all able to focus our efforts

00:19:26   on our like couple dishes that we were

00:19:28   making and then make them really good so

00:19:30   I think that that's why this

00:19:30   Thanksgiving turned out so delicious

00:19:32   my fingers still smell like the smoked

00:19:34   turkey is pulled apart no it just smells

00:19:38   really good cuz it's not it's not like

00:19:39   smoked turkey we've had leftovers

00:19:42   leftover dinner like right before

00:19:44   recording this yeah our friends you can

00:19:46   wash your hands a few times and the

00:19:47   smoke smell so doesn't come off had a

00:19:49   nice ring around it to the turkey yeah

00:19:51   delicious anyway okay so you're number

00:19:54   three is sweet potato casserole all

00:19:57   right look is mostly a delivery

00:19:59   mechanism for crispy fried onions yeah

00:20:01   so crispy fried onions is earrin

00:20:04   I also discovered over dinner of course

00:20:08   we still have the can of crispy fried

00:20:09   onions because TIFF made her own so I

00:20:11   bought the can as a backup just in case

00:20:13   they didn't turn out yeah I also bought

00:20:14   mushroom soup as a backup and myself

00:20:16   didn't turn it exactly and so now we

00:20:19   have is all these extra crispy fried

00:20:21   onions are around every I don't know why

00:20:23   we don't normally have using the cabinet

00:20:24   all year round with maybe a try that you

00:20:27   did that before you had that in

00:20:28   Larchmont and you would always just

00:20:30   sneak in there for like a fist they're

00:20:32   amazing

00:20:32   it's like it's just like salt but bigger

00:20:34   I think we're both into eating fistfuls

00:20:36   of food like randomly

00:20:38   yeah that's we walk path sir okay so I

00:20:40   discovered tonight that so basically we

00:20:42   we've reheated our plates of leftovers

00:20:44   and I took the can of fried onions and

00:20:47   kind of sprinkled some extra ones on top

00:20:48   of my green beans and I thought you know

00:20:49   I wonder so I went over and sprinkled

00:20:51   someone on the mashed potatoes too

00:20:53   so we had mashed potatoes with with

00:20:54   gravy and crispy fried onions and I'll

00:20:56   tell you what that works that really

00:20:58   works parently you can just crisp fi

00:21:00   onion everything whenever yep and then

00:21:03   everything you eat will just taste like

00:21:04   crispy fried onion they're really good

00:21:06   at least ours were from Whole Foods so

00:21:08   you know yes it's organic junk food we

00:21:12   are good little hipsters exactly all

00:21:15   right we each have one left or our

00:21:17   number four slot mm-hmm what do you

00:21:18   think yours or do you have any in mind I

00:21:20   do it's kind of maybe controversial

00:21:25   we'll see it between us I guess because

00:21:27   we're the only ones that can dispute

00:21:29   each other controversy I'm going with

00:21:32   cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges in

00:21:35   it

00:21:35   okay I'll give you that I love the

00:21:38   cranberry sauce that I've learned how to

00:21:40   make from my mom

00:21:41   it's pretty much you take whole

00:21:43   cranberry sauce it's from a can and then

00:21:45   you dump another can of mandarin oranges

00:21:48   into it and if you do or do not like

00:21:51   walnuts um you choose to put them in hey

00:21:54   Pete a lot of people like nuts and nuts

00:21:56   on Thanksgiving are big things lot of

00:21:58   people have bad taste

00:21:59   oh come on so that's really one that's

00:22:01   are terrible people like them you can

00:22:03   tell they're terrible to us but people

00:22:05   like them so anyway I love the cranberry

00:22:08   sauce I think it is the perfect side

00:22:10   dish compliment on Thanksgiving and has

00:22:12   that brings that tart element to the

00:22:14   plate that a lot of the other dishes

00:22:15   don't because there's just so much sweet

00:22:17   and there's so much buttery richness and

00:22:20   when you bring in the freshness of the

00:22:24   citrus from the mandarin oranges and the

00:22:27   tartness from the cranberry sauce it

00:22:29   really balances everything out and it is

00:22:31   absolutely necessary for leftovers

00:22:34   because not only does the cranberry

00:22:35   sauce help the turkey taste better the

00:22:36   second day with it's like weirdness that

00:22:39   happens to it but it is also the main

00:22:42   moisture delivery device for a sandwich

00:22:44   I do not put any mayonnaise on my turkey

00:22:47   sandwiches my leftover sandwiches I only

00:22:49   use the cranberry sauce so it's

00:22:52   necessary then delicious and yeah it's

00:22:55   just that's why it has to be my number4

00:22:57   you know what I'll give you that that's

00:22:59   a really good pick and you know and I I

00:23:02   wasn't that into it this year because

00:23:03   the turkey was so good but like if you

00:23:05   have like an overcooked turkey at dry

00:23:07   for here just a bland turkey then it

00:23:09   really does help a lot and I agree with

00:23:13   you they're like having that extra

00:23:14   element that that like tart that nothing

00:23:18   else in the plate tastes like that right

00:23:20   right so yeah I actually might agree

00:23:23   with you I might go number four on that

00:23:24   - really awesome so I think about

00:23:26   everything else that you have you know

00:23:27   you have the turkey which I do like

00:23:29   turkey I like Turkey a lot well it's

00:23:32   kind of a side let's face it it's it's

00:23:35   really not the star of the show

00:23:36   it's the sir of the show like out of

00:23:38   obligation but nobody actually cares

00:23:39   about that much but if I were able to

00:23:42   put it on my list I might put the turkey

00:23:44   at number four because we do tend to

00:23:46   have really good turkeys in this family

00:23:47   and I really do enjoy Turkey when it's

00:23:49   when it's done well yeah we've had a lot

00:23:51   of different turkeys over the years

00:23:52   we've had like the standard baked type

00:23:53   we've had a maple brined turkey we've

00:23:56   had a beer turkey some sort of beer can

00:24:00   turkey there was a beer can up its butt

00:24:01   or something and it was cooked we just

00:24:05   had smoked turkey mm-hmm

00:24:06   I don't think we've had a deep-fried

00:24:07   turkey yet III at least no I haven't

00:24:10   have you know I haven't I've seen it on

00:24:12   Instagram a lot but it was lit and it's

00:24:14   like insanely dangerous dick well yeah I

00:24:16   love like the Alton Brown Alton Alton

00:24:18   Alton Alton Brown setup with the ladder

00:24:20   to drop it in for safety reasons oh my

00:24:23   god yeah that's that just seems like a

00:24:26   nightmare like the whole logistics of

00:24:28   deep-fried Turkey it's like no but yes

00:24:30   we've had a lot of

00:24:31   different types of turkey so yeah where

00:24:35   are we going with this I got lost I was

00:24:37   think about whether to put Turkey as a

00:24:39   number four or cranberry sauce gotcha

00:24:40   there's really nothing else in the meal

00:24:42   that I think is like a star you know

00:24:44   like there's like bread and stuff but

00:24:46   you know I you're pretty good

00:24:49   no yes you your rolls that you made from

00:24:51   scratch are really good thanks

00:24:53   but again that's not just for

00:24:55   Thanksgiving no and pretty much

00:24:57   everything else you know almost

00:24:59   everything else that we would have on

00:25:00   the on that plate or on that table you'd

00:25:02   also have a different other parts of the

00:25:03   year I would like to try a homemade

00:25:06   cranberry sauce it just doesn't seem

00:25:07   worth it it's like making your own jam

00:25:09   yeah I've had it before it's fine but

00:25:11   it's it's not worth the effort you can

00:25:13   add homemade cream sauce yeah it's it's

00:25:15   fine but you know you could like the K

00:25:17   it's one of those it's one of those

00:25:18   things were like just get the canned one

00:25:20   because it's just as good nobody knows

00:25:22   the difference nobody cares about the

00:25:23   difference in many ways it's actually

00:25:25   better and it's just no effort

00:25:27   whatsoever and a canned version is you

00:25:29   know if you want to get super cool

00:25:31   organic with whole cranberries in it

00:25:32   like we do you can if you want to get

00:25:34   the one that cost 40 cents that is just

00:25:36   like a big you know jello cylinder okay

00:25:39   fine okay I don't like the jello a

00:25:41   cylinder one but I do think funny funny

00:25:43   I don't like that jellied

00:25:45   version I like the whole berry one that

00:25:47   you like smoosh up and it's like puffy I

00:25:50   don't know what would you call that it's

00:25:51   just like uh it's like a like a Jambi

00:25:52   yeah it's more like a jam or and but

00:25:55   know that the cylinder ones you can you

00:25:56   can like serve as a disc you like stick

00:25:58   a note I was gonna say it's so great is

00:26:00   that the ridges of the inside of the can

00:26:02   show you where to cut it you guys cut it

00:26:05   on the ridge line wow that's a life hack

00:26:07   right there that's awesome I never

00:26:11   thought of that

00:26:11   yeah I still don't know how you get it

00:26:13   out of the can with those lines I like

00:26:15   that I think you have to open up both

00:26:16   sides like for those old juice

00:26:18   containers where you had to punch two

00:26:19   holes to get some air in it yeah yeah

00:26:21   maybe mm-hmm and is that white cranberry

00:26:23   cans are usually upside-down leave it

00:26:25   like the label on the minute like it's

00:26:26   they're cut they're aligned upside-down

00:26:27   compared to other cans I think so it's

00:26:29   so that it sits right side up so when

00:26:31   you cut it no that doesn't make any

00:26:33   sense it's upside down right yeah there

00:26:35   whatever reason I was a Fadel it's

00:26:37   probably so that the air pocket of it is

00:26:40   at the top so when you open it because

00:26:42   it's upside down

00:26:43   the cranberry sauce is already at the

00:26:46   precipice of escaping so you can open it

00:26:49   and then it slides right out that makes

00:26:51   sense I bet you're right because the air

00:26:52   is behind it well for all of our

00:26:54   listeners who work in the cranberry

00:26:56   sauce canning industry please write in

00:26:57   and explain this to us I'm sure at least

00:26:59   one of you like science that you're

00:27:01   probably right but I would love to hear

00:27:03   it from an audience member in case

00:27:04   they're in the business okay the canning

00:27:06   the Canon cranberry sauce for

00:27:07   Thanksgiving business so again you're

00:27:09   the member of the cranberry cartel let

00:27:11   us know yeah so I I am gonna pick turkey

00:27:14   at number four unless it isn't allowed

00:27:15   in which case I'll pick cranberry sauce

00:27:17   okay I think that's legit yeah as long

00:27:19   as you have a backup yeah that's me

00:27:20   that's my backup in case just in case

00:27:22   turkey was excluded from this from this

00:27:23   classification all right cool well

00:27:26   thanks everybody for joining us for this

00:27:28   episode of top four I'm sure you wanted

00:27:31   to hear more about Thanksgiving food

00:27:32   right now you're tired of these dishes

00:27:37   already by now yeah because my time is

00:27:39   to get release will be like two days out

00:27:41   from Thanksgiving yeah exactly

00:27:42   super planners we are we are awesome at

00:27:45   podcasting uh yep cool you want to go

00:27:48   have some pie yeah pie all right thanks

00:27:51   everybody for listening and I will talk

00:27:52   to you next time ala mode or not well

00:27:55   come on I mean if I screws available if

00:27:57   you take it okay heated or not depends

00:28:00   on the pie apple pie yes most most apple

00:28:03   like pausing other fruit pies heated

00:28:05   with ice cream what do you mean just

00:28:07   nothing ice cream no why would you do

00:28:08   that

00:28:08   what wait so you would have cold pie

00:28:10   with cold ice cream oh no you you you

00:28:13   heat the pie first yeah then you take it

00:28:15   out of the heating instrument then you

00:28:17   put your ice cream on it I need it but I

00:28:18   all scream my self is not getting heated

00:28:19   no no no I mean you know slowly melting

00:28:22   from the but slowly getting heated from

00:28:24   the pie yeah just yeah I just had to

00:28:26   quiz you had to see ad to see where you

00:28:27   stood I mean I know you but just

00:28:29   checking yeah

00:28:30   now maybe the question is like other

00:28:31   kinds of pies things like pumpkin pie or

00:28:34   it's more of like a moose style

00:28:35   I don't heat those normally no an ice

00:28:38   cream is probably the wrong choice with

00:28:40   cream probably a better choice for those

00:28:41   alright shout-out to my best friend

00:28:43   Tania's pumpkin pie which is the only

00:28:46   pumpkin pie I have ever truly really

00:28:49   liked Thank You Tonya be my eyes I mean

00:28:53   she is my soul mate so she makes your

00:28:55   soul mate put my ladies on me that makes

00:28:56   sense

00:28:57   you tell me thanks alright how many

00:29:04   Thanksgiving Day after two days after