TRADITIONAL FOODS FOR A TRUE THANKSGIVING MEAL
Updated: Oct 12, 2022
The traditional holiday of Thanksgiving is upon us, and the very mention of the word calls to mind sensory memories of freshly-prepared turkey, aromatic stuffing, sweet-and-sour cranberry sauce and the warmth and comfort of a meal shared with family and loved ones. But what truly makes a Thanksgiving meal? Mumbai’s number one online meat delivery service, Kaavo Meat is here with a list of traditional Thanksgiving offerings that are a must-have at the banquet table!
While modern festivities sometimes trade this one out for honey glazed ham or other pork products, most would agree that Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without the traditional turkey. Prepared whole, and stuffed with a variety of fruits, veggies, herbs or other stuffing, the turkey is the centrepiece of the feast, and takes skill to get right. The best turkey is succulent, juicy and flavourful, with the right combination of stuffing and gravy to balance its flavours.
Thanksgiving stuffing, also known as dressing, is one of the most integral aspects of a traditional meal. Consumed both within the roast turkey, as well as a side dish, Stuffing is made from a combination of bread crumbs and herbs, with variations including meats like pork or chicken sausage.
A flavourful, savoury sauce made from the drippings and additional cuts of the roast turkey, no traditional Thanksgiving table would be complete without a gravy boat full of thick, wholesome sauce to slather the meat and potatoes with!
Second, only to the gravy, mashed potatoes are the perfect combination for a meaty Thanksgiving meal. Made from potatoes which have been boiled, peeled and mashed along with butter, milk, garlic and a number of aromatic herbs, Thanksgiving mashed potatoes make for the perfect addition to both the dinner table, as well as the leftover meals that follow!
Sweet, sour, tangy and colourful, cranberry sauce pairs perfectly with soft and succulent Thanksgiving turkey. Available in many forms at the local grocery store, cranberry sauce is also deceptively simple to prepare at home. To prepare your very own cranberry sauce, simply boil the cranberries along with some sugar, lemon zest and water, and then simmer on a low flame.
Sweet potatoes, also known as yams, are delicious, creamy and versatile additions to any Thanksgiving meal. Serve them baked, in a casserole, or mashed, for a variety of sweet and salty flavours! Candied yams are by far the most popular incarnation of these potatoes, and can be prepared with very little effort. Simply add spices, brown sugar and butter, and bake until the yams develop a glossy brown texture on top!
What meal is ever complete without dessert? Traditional Thanksgiving fare calls for pumpkin or pecan pie, both lauded for their warm, earthy flavours and buttery, flaky crusts.
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