Welcome to Bite Back!, ESSENCE’s digital series debating the most heated food topics around the Black dinner table.

Turkey may get all the shine, but everyone knows that when it comes to a Black Thanksgiving table there’s really only one star – mac and cheese. Not everyone in the family can be trusted with this sacred holiday dish, because in a Black household, there is no room for error, fake cheeses or raisins in our mac.

So why is mac and cheese so high up on the pedestal? What makes a really good mac and cheese? And more important, is mustard allowed in mac and cheese? The ESSENCE team decided to get to the bottom of this age old debate – and get a head start on some of that holiday goodness.

Watch the video to see which mac and cheese is welcome on our Thanksgiving table.

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