Thanksgiving is not a lazy man’s holiday. That is, unless you somehow get the privilege of bringing cheese and crackers or canned cranberry sauce for the 10th year in a row. To throw together this holiday dinner even if you’re dealing with a small crowd, you’re going to end up spending days preparing everything, and this doesn’t even include cooking it all on the big day. Plan on waking up at the literal butt crack of dawn to get started. It’s just not worth it.
That’s why we decided to make a list of the most thankless dishes. You know, the ones that require the most amount of work with the least payoff in the end. This way, you can pick and choose which dishes you’re going to waste your time making this year while we watch football with our feet up and a beer in our hand.
Christopher Osburn is a freelance writer located in Rochester, NY. He writes primarily about food and drink and has had his work appear on Uproxx, Thrillist, Food & Wine, Paste, Maxim, Men's Journal and a handful of others.