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Americans Ranked Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving may be all about the turkey, casseroles, and pies, but every family’s dinner table looks a little different on the holiday. And when YouGov polled Americans about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, the many responses shed light on how other Americans celebrate — and which dishes may be falling out of tradition. We're going to break each ranking down into categories, from mainS and side dishes all the way to desserts. Who knows? Maybe your “unique” family tradition is more popular than you thought!

Main dishes: from tofu to turkey

What sits in the center of your Thanksgiving table? For the most part, one particular type of meat probably comes to mind (hint: gobble gobble!). But you'd be surprised just how many families choose a much different centerpiece to their Thanksgiving meal. From least popular to most popular, here’s a ranking of America's favorite Thanksgiving meats (or mains).

#6 Tofu (13%)

Yes, you read that right! We're kicking off a section about Thanksgiving proteins with a famously unpopular (or, to some, underrated) non-meat, tofu. But hey, we can’t all be carnivores! The vegan and vegetarian lifestyle isn’t going anywhere, and many people are choosing to replace their traditional Thanksgiving turkey with a moist slab of tofurkey. Dig in!

#5 Duck (32%)

Say what you will about turkey, but it’s not exactly the world’s most flavorful meat. That’s why it’s often served with gravy, stuffing, and a multitude of side dishes! Duck, however, is jam-packed with flavor. Duck farmer Doug Corwin told HuffPost how a duck’s “skin fat naturally bastes the bird and makes it very, very moist.” Plus, duck cooks faster than turkey, which means less time in the kitchen and more time with your family. Sounds good to us!

#4 Chicken (53%)

We know what you're thinking: isn’t chicken a little ordinary for Thanksgiving dinner? It’s true that chicken is the most readily available meat in the U.S., according to the United States Department of Agriculture. But that’s exactly why it's a great alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving. It's versatile, familiar, and much easier to cook than a full turkey. You probably won’t get many leftovers if you serve chicken; you can’t go wrong!