Given that we named this website “First We Feast,” it’s not surprising that we love Thanksgiving. But don’t get it twisted—that general sense of ebullience won’t cloud our minds when it comes time to attack the buffet. Proper Thanksgiving feasting requires planning, as well as a clear understanding of which foods really deserve space in your stomach when you are literally trying to fill it to the point of explosion.

Fortunately, we’ve put together this helpful and highly scientific ranking of the most common Turkey Day dishes. Let the countdown begin…