Study Finds 1 in 4 Americans are Tired of Traditional Thanksgiving Food

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Nothing evokes feelings and memories of Thanksgiving quite like a turkey fresh out of the oven, with some stuffing and cranberry sauce on the side. But, are these foods being served each year more out of habit and tradition than anything else? A new survey of 2,000 Americans has revealed that more than a quarter (26%) have grown weary of the usual Thanksgiving food options and would like to see some new cuisine on the menu this year.

It should come as no surprise then that 45% of the survey’s respondents say they’ve already spiced up a Thanksgiving by cooking non-traditional food for the big meal, or plan to do so in the future. Moreover, 43% say they would be open to celebrating an “alternative Thanksgiving” this year.

The survey, commissioned by Hardee’s, found that the number one way Americans are changing things up is by serving a main dish besides turkey. In all, 64% say they would be willing to skip serving the standard bird on Thanksgiving, and 30% say they’ve already stopped serving it each year.

With those numbers in mind, perhaps it isn’t so surprising that one in four (24%) Americans listed turkey as one the most overrated Thanksgiving foods. Other commonly cited overrated foods were cranberry sauce (37%), sweet potatoes (27%), green beans (25%), and mac and cheese (24%).

Additionally, a significant portion of Americans are opting to skip the holiday hassle altogether and just go out to eat on Thanksgiving (35%). Others have started experimenting with non-traditional side dishes for the big meal (33%). On that note, traditional Thanksgiving side dishes seem to be boring many Americans, with 53% reporting they would like to see some new side dish options this year.

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SOURCE: Study Finds, John Anderer