I've never had to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Ever. My folks always did it or I was invited to a friend's house. OR I just left the country. (Seriously, great time to do it.)

Anyway, it dawned on me that it's about damned time I cooked a good ole Thanksgiving dinner. But I don't have a CLUE what would make a good spread. Remember, you're dealing with a culinary amateur but also someone who has friends bringing whatever requested items or dishes we need.

SO: In your opinion.....What is an ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL ITEM TO A SUCCESSFUL THANKSGIVING DINNER???? (Comment below....)