Unusual Thanksgiving meals
Hi, I am a student from Amarillo TX, and an aspiring chef. This looks to be a wonderful website and im lucky to have stumbled upon it. My reason for not only posting this, but finding this site is because I am writing a story about unusual and unorthodox Thanksgiving Dinners in the school paper. I would appreciate any help anyone could give me. Thanks
I am trying a turducken with Cornbread stuffing this weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October). It is not unusual but it is different. Hopefully it will work out.
I find thanksgiving interesting because unlike with Christmas and the very traditional cultural meals (English, Italian, German, etc... ) at Thanksgiving people tend to put their own cultural twist to the meal.
I once made braised squid in its own ink, from Paula Wolfert's World of food. She says it is a dish unique to the Ionian island of Cephalonia. Not for my traditional family, but for a group of foodie friends.
We made our turkey in a garbage can a few years ago. I wasn't responsible, but it involved setting the turkey up on a spit in the sandbox, covering it with a metal garbage can, and surrounding it with coals. It was a pretty cool project, but didn't taste any better than oven roasted. We still talk about it, though.
"Just cause it's cooked in a garbage can, don't make it garbage." - Brandene on The Simpsons
Before I met my husband, I went to a friend's place for Thanksgiving every year, where we co-hosted a huge group of other unattached friends/coworkers who weren't able to visit family for the holiday. It was a different mix of people every year, and everyone was encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share (whether it was traditional to Thanksgiving or not) - we'd have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, curry, mac and cheese, flan, potstickers and caprese salad all on the same table! One year a friend asked me to make my Italian Stuffed Meatloaf as an alternative to turkey, and the turkey was barely touched! We had a dizzying assortment of stuff each year, and it was always fun to hear the stories behind why each person chose that particular dish. Family and regional peculiarities are always good for a few laughs!
One year my family decided to forego turkey and had a brother coming up from NC bring about 8 pounds of eastern-style NC pork BBQ. It was wonderful.....except no turkey sandwiches for the rest of the weekend, and no turkey hash on Sunday night. That's why we decided to go back to the turkey ever after.