The Worst Thanksgiving Dinner of All Time

Food & Party 14

Thanksgiving dinner disasters unfortunately happen to the best of us.

The turkey falls on the floor by mistake; the gravy is lumpy; the mashed potatoes resemble glue; the dog eats the entire pumpkin pie. (Are you scratching your head wondering what in the world I'm talking about? Then ... uh ... just kidding! These things have never happened to me, either.)

thanksgiving turkey

Oops! Forgot to butter the pan!

The fact is: No Thanksgiving dinner can be absolutely perfect. There's always some kind of unforeseen culinary calamity no matter how well-intentional and organized your cooking plan. Usually, however, it's just one dish that is a fail while all the rest can be salvaged.

Except in the case of the worst Thanksgiving dinner of all time ...

It all begins with the bread course ...

burned cornbread muffinsMaybe we can just scrape off the burned part and be left with, well, nothing.

sweet potatoesInstead of exploding with flavor in the mouth, these sweet potatoes had a premature situation in the oven.


Looks like someone is getting some mileage of our their Cool Whip Cookbook!

cranberry sauceThere's plenty of gelatinous ridges to go around.

jello moldSpeaking of gelatin ... can we just ban it altogether from this holiday?

tofurkyTofurkey's done! (I think?)

turkeyIf only we had taken the turkey out just a few minutes hours sooner.

What was your worst Thanksgiving Day food disaster?


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Saras... Sarasahmof3

LOL that is all I can say.

poshkat poshkat

no disasters yet



The worst I went to - the turkey was so big it wasn't done cooking when everything else was - so they carved the top off, since it was done, and threw the bird back in.

Jill Conover Paulovich

My aunt poured with pumpkin pie filling into the ready made pie crusts without removing the paper liners and then baked the pies (paper liners included).    So the pies were a loss but the laughs over that one have continued for years!

JenBr... JenBrooks76

I'll never forget the year that the rolls were burnt, the gravy would not thicken (btw you use corn STARCH, not corn MEAL to do so), the ham was burnt...well it WAS a memorable year! LOL That was when I was a kid...I have not yet braved the honor of doing Thanksgiving dinner, which is good. I think I have a few more years yet before I am obligated to, so I have plenty of time to perfect my culinary skills!

hotic... hoticedcoffee

OMG WTF is the pepto-pink stuff in the bowls????? It looks like barf!  I would have to leave if I saw that on a Thanksgiving table.

My brother tried to deep fry a turkey for the first time last year.  The fireman in his town are cute.  Guess how I know?


RanaA... RanaAurora

You know, this post made me feel so much better.

LadyKiki LadyKiki

I haven't had any disasters yet but I worked at a grocery store for years and always worked Thanksgiving. A lot of people would come in and have stories about what had happened already that day. The most interesting stories always happened when the person had a turkey they was buying because the first one had an accident.

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