I probably should’ve posted this yesterday since Thanksgiving is over now, but oh well. What I’m about to say needs to be said, so I’m posting it anyway.
Every Thanksgiving, numerous Black folk take to Facebook, IG, Twitter or all of the above to proudly showcase their #YouNameIt, styrofoam struggle plates. And while I’m sure grandma’s greens, auntie’s mac and cheese and mama’s dressing are all divine, the way all of it is presented on some of y’all’s plates is beyond disbelief and disappointment.
There is a very specific order to how you should arrange your plate during a Black Thanksgiving meal. You cain’t (yes, I said cain’t) just be haphazardly throwing stuff on your plate with no type of effort, thought or strategy behind the placement of every meat and side dish. And you most CERTAINLY shouldn’t be taking and posting pictures of it if that’s how you so choose to live your life.
So allow me to school y’all on how to properly fix a Thanksgiving plate:
The Mac N Cheese – Unarguably the most important part of every Black holiday meal. But even more important than the mac and cheese is the placement of the mac and cheese. It should ALWAYS be positioned directly next to the candied yams.
The Yams – Like I said, the yams HAVE TO be placed right next to the mac and cheese to create the perfect balance of sweet, gooey, cheesy goodness. And on the other side of the yams…
The Greens – Gotta have your greens next to the yams. Mixing the two is a deadly, delicious combo of sweet-and-salty, syrupy delight.
The Dressing –On the other side of the greens is the dressing. It’s not as sweet as the yams, but it soaks up the green juice nicely, which offsets the subtle sweetness of the dressing (btw, I make my own version with gluten-free honey cornbread).
The Cranberry Sauce – Atop the dressing sits the cranberry sauce. Not next to, atop. This is imperative.
The Turkey – Dressing, cranberry sauce, turkey. No explanation necessary.
The Corn Pudding – A lot of y’all have told me that you’ve never had corn pudding, and I would highly recommend that you get your lives. It’s the perfect completion to a sweet, salty and savory, holiday meal and tastes great with a little mac and cheese, turkey and cranberry sauce on your fork.
If y’all still have leftovers, feel free to refer this post for guidance. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!