Everything But the Turkey: The Thanksgiving Sides Quiz

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Thanksgiving just isn't about turkey. What do you know about the side dishes you serve on this classic holiday?

True or false: Succotash is a dish made of lima beans, corn and sometimes peppers.

This classic vegetable dish takes its name from the Narragansett Indian word "msickquatash," which means "boiled kernels of corn." Of course, succotash also contains lima beans, but the peppers are optional.


Why do beets stain things easily?

Beets contain a red pigment that can stain your skin and anything else the vegetables come in contact with. If a wayward beet leaves a crimson smear on your person, rub salt on the stain to remove it. It's virtually impossible to get beet stains out of fabric, however.


When Jell-O was first introduced, how many flavors were available?

Jell-O debuted in 1897 with four flavors: strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon.


True or false: Pecan pie is healthier than pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie has fewer calories and more vitamin A than pecan pie, which is loaded with sugar and butter.


Ambrosia is defined by what ingredient?

Without the coconut, ambrosia is just another fruit salad.


What are candied sweet potatoes?

To make this this classic Thanksgiving side dish, just add butter, brown sugar and marshmallows to mashed sweet potatoes. Then bake the candied concoction and serve hot!


True or false: The lima bean is named after Lima, Peru.

Lima beans have been eaten in Peru for over 500 years, so it makes sense that the country's capital city shares it's name with this tasty vegetable.


True or false: The Parker House Roll was invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston.

These buttery rolls are a favorite on Thanksgiving tables, and they've have been on the menu of Boston's famous hotel since the 1800s.


A medium-sized sweet potato can provide your daily requirement for which vitamin?

Sweet potatoes are not only full of vitamin A, they also contain a lot of vitamin C and beta-carotene.


True or false: Brussels sprouts are a type of legume.

Brussels sprouts are actually a member of the cabbage family.


What's the difference between stuffing and dressing?

It's purely a matter of location -- stuffing gets cooked inside the bird, while dressing is baked separately.


When did the Campbell Soup Company develop its green bean casserole recipe?

Created in 1955, green bean casserole is still one of Campbell's most popular recipes. It's appreciated for its few ingredients and simplicity.


How are cranberries harvested?

Farmers harvest cranberries by flooding the bogs they grow in so the berries float to the top of the water and are easy to pick.


True or false: The colonists and Native Americans enjoyed pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving.

Sugar was a rare commodity, so it's unlikely the first Thanksgiving feast contained any sweets.


True or false: Before coming to the New World, the Pilgrims had never seen corn.

Corn, also called maize, comes from the Native American word "mahiz." European colonists had never seen the food before traveling to America.


What color is the top of a turnip?

A popular root vegetable, turnips have white skin and purple tops.


True or false: Oyster dressing is a popular side in some areas of the country.

Those who live in the Southern states or near the ocean are more likely to make and enjoy oyster dressing.


Green bean casserole is made with what type of soup?

Cream of mushroom soup sales soar around Thanksgiving due to Americans' penchant for green bean casserole.


True or false: Yams and sweet potatoes are synonymous.

These two root vegetables are actually different species of plants.


Where do the giblets in giblet gravy come from?

Giblets are the heart, liver and gizzard of a fowl. The neck is also often used when making giblet gravy.


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