The Thanksgiving Side Dish Nick Lachey Can't Live Without

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving is likely the turkey. After all, the National Turkey Federation reports that Americans consume between 45 and 46 million turkeys every year on Thanksgiving (via CNBC). However, just because the roasted bird is the center of the holiday feast doesn't mean it is everyone's favorite dish. According to a recent Instacart survey of more than 2,000 adults, almost 20% of Americans think turkey is actually "terrible" (via Today). If you're like those people, you likely agree that the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is the side dishes. Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, buttered rolls... the list of deliciously indulgent sides goes on and on.

Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving side dish, whether it's a traditional holiday food or something unique to your family's celebration. Even celebrities are big fans of specific Thanksgiving foods. Take Nick Lachey, former member of boy band 98 Degrees. In an interview with Parade, the 48-year-old shared which side dish he most looks forward to on turkey day.

Nick Lachey loves sweet potatoes

When Nick Lachey sits down at Thanksgiving dinner, he doesn't gravitate to the stuffing or the green bean casserole — instead, he starts piling his plate with sweet potatoes. "For me, sweet potatoes are my go-to Thanksgiving side dish," he confessed to Parade. "If I had to pick one, it would be candied sweet potatoes." Nick's opinion isn't a popular one. A Harris Poll found that sweet potatoes and sweet potato casserole are one of America's least favorite Thanksgiving sides, with 22% of people admitting they don't like it (via Bake Mag). Perhaps people prefer their sweet potatoes in the form of pie?

Behind his passion for potatoes, Lachey has a close second favorite Thanksgiving side dish — and it's made by friend and fellow former boy band member, *NSYNC's Lance Bass. In the same interview with Parade, Lachey said, "I love candied sweet potatoes followed closely by macaroni and cheese, probably because Lance makes a killer macaroni and cheese."