Can’t imagine the fourth Thursday of November without a big slice of pumpkin pie? Here’s how it, and five other Thanksgiving foods, ended up on your plate.

By Sarah Karnasiewicz

For most, Thanksgiving is pretty much synonymous with pumpkin pie and pilgrims. But pumpkin pies weren't actually common on American tables until the turn of the 19th century and Thanksgiving, as the holiday we know and love today, wasn't even established until 1863—more than two centuries after the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts. Curious to know more of the surprising and delicious history behind all the dishes on your modern-day table? Here's what we found out.

Thanksgiving food timeline

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