Pirates Prospects Daily: What is your favorite Thanksgiving meal?

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thursday is the day of our roundtable function. This Thursday is Thanksgiving. As such, we thought we’d do a special roundtable this week: What is your favorite food on the Thanksgiving menu?

Joining us this week is Pirates Prospects photographer David Hague.

JOHN DREKER: Green Bean Stew

My favorite Thanksgiving dish has changed in recent years. I’ve always been very fond of stuffing, and my family always made two different kinds for Thanksgiving. Part of the reason it was the star of my Thanksgiving platter is that we hardly ever had stuffing at other times of the year, so it was a real treat that day, and always filled me up. It took me far too long in adulthood to realize that I could do stuffing anytime I wanted, and it didn’t even take me very long. Of course I’m talking about the Stove Top stuffing, not the homemade Christmas stuff, but that was a game changer for me.

My cousin made a green bean casserole a few years ago, which was the first time I’d tried it, and it turned out amazing. By the way, I call them green beans, not string beans, but I’m going with the traditional terminology here according to Google, who didn’t even ask me if she meant “green beans,” and just changed it for me. I was at my mom’s house for Thanksgiving dinner after my cousin made green bean casserole for the first time. My mom made a lot of things that day, but she didn’t make a green bean casserole. I’m not going to say that day was ruined, but she was definitely daydreaming about green bean casserole that day. I think I brought it up a few times until someone suggested that she could have done it if she had wanted it so badly. The following Thanksgiving, which was in 2020, I made sure to order it ahead of time. Today will be the third Thanksgiving in a row that I’ve stuffed myself on a green bean casserole, while giving intimidating looks to anyone else I think had too much. In my opinion, it’s definitely an 80th grade Thanksgiving item.

DAVID HAGUE: Green Bean Stew

My favorite Thanksgiving meal is the classic: green bean casserole and specifically my mom’s. There is something about the creaminess of the mushroom soup and the crunch of the French onions that is just amazing. Fried on top onions are clearly the MVP of the casserole, if they’re too soft the dish is not the same.

ETHAN HULLIHEN: Leftover Turkey Sandwich

As I began contemplating this very important question, I realized that Thanksgiving may not be my favorite meal of the year. Sure, I enjoy it, but there’s nothing that stands out.

Turkey? It has to be dark meat, but I prefer a good roast (Christmas ham included). Mashed potatoes? Always homemade with sauce, and even though I considered them, I wouldn’t call them my favorite. Sweet potatoes? I put them on my plate every year to reassess my feelings about them, but I’m always disappointed. Stuffing (must be my mom’s, taken from the bird and baked into little balls), green bean casserole, rolls, they all make the dish, but they’re not the stars.

So, I think the best answer I can give is leftovers from that night and the days to come. We bought the good specialty rolls (plain bread won’t do), some banana peppers, mayonnaise, and salt; If I’m honest, that may be what I look forward to the most every year.

WILBUR MILLER: Leftover Hash

I’m afraid my favorite is more of a post-Thanksgiving meal, and not a very imaginative one. I like to make a hash out of all the leftover turkey, stuffing, and gravy. It usually lasts me a week or so. The leftover hash, for me, is really the point of cooking the turkey.

However, sometimes I got a little more ambitious and cooked a couple of Indian dishes, usually a dry chicken curry and a two meat vindaloo. I guess that’s being a little contrary.

ANTHONY MURPHY: Breakfast Casserole

I have to go off the mark with my decision, as most traditional Thanksgiving food is ‘meh’ to me. So I went with what I usually start my day with, and that’s my mom’s breakfast casserole. I make a lot of stops on Thanksgiving, and the first one is usually going to my mom’s house for breakfast early in the morning. I’m a huge breakfast food guy, so on any given holiday I can have eggs, potatoes, bacon, cheese, and sausage all together in one casserole—that’s a win for me.

Honorable mention to deviled eggs and then dessert (apple or cherry pie), if I have to go with a traditional option.


While really, I’m equal-opportunity and love all Thanksgiving food evenly, my favorite is stuffing for nostalgic reasons. We would always have it in my grandmother’s apartment, which are moments that I treasure since she left. It’s also a good container to mix with other great late-November options.

TIM WILLIAMS: Corn Casserole

I almost went with just overall “pie” as my choice. We live in a cake society, where it is common to have cakes throughout the year. It’s not that you can’t eat cake all year long, but this is the holiday where cake stands out above cake. As it should.

My choice is my favorite side, corn casserole. My favorite way to make this is a crockpot corn casserole recipe that I’ve been making for almost a decade, after finding that recipe. Every Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving over the years has left me without leftovers, and I’m always disappointed. I’ve gotten to the point where I slow cook myself for the week.

As for leftover ideas, I toss the leftover filling into a Belgian waffle iron, then layer turkey and other leftovers on top of the waffle filling. It’s one of the four best chicken and waffle variations I’ve ever made, and I’ll be turning to it this year when the corn casserole runs out.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Come back at noon for our regularly scheduled baseball-themed roundtable.

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** Did you miss yesterday? I wrote about how the Pirates continue to focus on the first base position after the incorporation of Lewin Díaz.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his professional debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and the Pirates Prospects was born out of Tim’s reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has become an MLB Accredited Reporter, produces Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he is paid to run this site goes towards vinyl records. .

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