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The Absolute Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes, According to Reddit Users

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Redditors Share Their Memorable and Not-So-Tasty Thanksgiving Side Dish Experiences

Thanksgiving is all about the delicious side dishes that accompany the turkey, but not all dishes are created equal. A recent discussion on Reddit revealed some of the absolute worst Thanksgiving side dishes of all time, and the responses were both cringe-worthy and hilarious.

Fruit-Flavored Gelatin Abominations

One Reddit user couldn't wait to see the responses detailing "abominations in jello." And they were not disappointed. Many Redditors shared their vivid memories of fruit-flavored gelatin dishes mixed with random ingredients like peas, carrots, marshmallows, cream cheese, pineapple, and pecans. One user even planned to make their grandmother's lime Jell-O creation, complete with Cool Whip and maraschino cherries, in her honor this Thanksgiving.

Creepy "Salads" and Unusual Combinations

Other commenters shared their family's unusual Thanksgiving side dishes, including creamed onions, "salads" involving pudding mix, and a dish made with canned pears, shredded cheese, and mayo (cue the vomit emoji). Some even reminisced about Black Cherry Jell-O with cherries stuffed with toasted pecans, topped with a cream cheese and nut mixture. These dishes may not sound appetizing to some, but they hold a special place in the hearts of those who grew up with them.

Grandma's Ambrosia and Cottage Cheese Concoctions

Grandmas and nanas across the country are famous for their ambrosia salads and cottage cheese-filled creations. While not all memories are bad, some poster's children even referred to these dishes as "dead man's salad" because they were a staple at every funeral. But for many, these Jell-O, Cool Whip, and pudding mix concoctions bring back nostalgic memories of potlucks and holiday gatherings.

Aspic, aka "Meat Jelly"

For some, Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a wiggly, jiggly dish of aspic, also known as "meat jelly." One Redditor described tomato aspic, which is essentially tomato-flavored jello, as a "wiggly blood clot for your holiday table." Others shared their own variations, adding green olives, finely chopped celery, or even shrimp to the mix. These dishes may not be for the faint of heart, but they certainly make for interesting conversation starters.

Pear "Salad" Takes the Cake

And the award for the best worst Thanksgiving side dish goes to…a pear "salad." One Reddit user shared their family recipe, which involves placing a canned pear half on a plate, adding a blob of mayonnaise in the middle, sprinkling shredded cheddar cheese on top, and finishing it off with a maraschino cherry. It may not sound appetizing, but to each their own.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and of course, a variety of side dishes. While these Reddit users may have shared their worst Thanksgiving side dish experiences, it's important to remember that taste is subjective. What may be a culinary disaster for one person could be a beloved family tradition for another. So this Thanksgiving, embrace your favorite side dishes, even if they make others cringe.

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