Thanksgiving Day traditionally falls on the fourth Thursday in November and kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the United States. The celebration can be traced as far back as 1621 when, at the Plymouth Plantation, Pilgrims shared a harvest feast, with the Wampanoag Indians after a successful growing season. The modern equivalent to this is a large roast dinner cooked and eaten with great gusto by close friends and family.
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is all about the food. A multi-course feast awaits where you are expected to eat until exhaustion. My friend would wax lyrical about her grandmother’s pecan pie, write sonnets about her neighbour’s stuffing and get a dreamy look in her eye when she spoke of the turkey. Having delved a little deeper into the Thanksgiving dinner table, this is a list of Cactus Kitchens’ top 5 Thanksgiving foods should you find yourself with American guests on the 24th November.
Succulent and moist with crispy skin the colour of polished conkers. Brine it, stuff it ( you can even deep fry it ), it should be the shining star of your groaning dinner table. Just remember to defrost it.
The perfect vessel for mopping up copious amounts of gravy - it's the kind of food that feeds your body and your soul. We’ve put our own twist on them: Cheese & Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins. By using a muffin tin, they’re the perfect portion size and easy to freeze if you have any leftovers.
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Americans also refer to stuffing as ‘dressing’ and they take it very seriously. Whether it’s being used as a turkey-filler or side dish, it’s a Thanksgiving essential. This savoury, bready delight is said to be the true star of the Thanksgiving table (but no one tell the turkey). It can be made from a range of ingredients from wild mushroom and pecan to sausage and hazelnut.
4. CRANBERRY SAUCE
Food fads come and go but cranberry sauce always remains the same - it’s a turkey’s faithful friend. Often overlooked, it really comes into its own the day after when used in the construction of the real Thanksgiving treat – the leftover turkey sandwich.
No matter how full you think you are, there is always room for pie. No matter how weary, how exhausted you may feel, when the pie approaches the table, you will suddenly get a second wind as well as a second stomach. Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving classic, but Pecan pie is really what everyone’s hoping will appear from the kitchen.
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