Traditional Thanksgiving Celebrations and Food
Thanksgiving is a very big deal in the United States. It takes place on the fourth Thursday of November and celebrates the end of the harvest season, giving thanks for bountiful harvests.
It seems a little strange to people in the UK to celebrate a holiday so close to Christmas, but Thanksgiving is actually based on a European celebrations, mixed with Native American ones. The first American Thanksgiving celebration can be traced back to 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so it has a long history.
It became an official holiday in 1863 when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving on November 26th. Thanksgiving is now part of the larger American holiday season, comprising Christmas and New Years and is part of the Big Six holidays in the States. These are those already mentioned and Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day.
Food plays a big part in the celebrations, as you would expect from what was originally a harvest festival. Much like the English celebration of Christmas, the traditional American Thanksgiving dinner comprises a starter, a main course usually involving turkey with an array of side dishes followed by dessert. Dessert often offers a range of different dishes as Thanksgiving get-togethers can involve a lot of friends and family!
Starters are generally soups and salads, but it’s perfectly acceptable to mix it up a little bit. Alternatives could be sage and cranberry crab cakes, Greek salad skewers, click this game website bacon-wrapped ginger soy scallops or very simple spicy maple walnuts. Your imagination is the only real limit when it comes to the first course!
The main course, however, has to be turkey, especially if you’re sticking to tradition. What you serve read more that turkey with is a different story though. Obviously you need stuffing, so the Stove Top range is ideal. There is Stove Top Cornbread stuffing, Stove Top Sage Stuffing and Stove Top Stuffing for Turkey – take your pick!
To accompany the turkey you need potatoes and vegetables. Mashed potato, crispy roast potato, glazed carrots, broccoli, leeks, Brussels Sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage are all good options. And of course, cranberry sauce to add moisture to the meat is a very traditional option. Try a cranberry and orange relish for a bit of extra flair!
Last but not least comes the dessert. To remain as traditional as possible you HAVE to have a pumpkin pie. You can make this from scratch or you can use a filling like Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling, which contains 100% pure pumpkin. Alongside the pumpkin pie you could also serve apple pie, cheesecake, pecan pie and even sweet share more details potato pie.
Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or double cream and you have a delicious, traditional and VERY filling Thanksgiving dinner for your friends and family.
By the time Christmas rolls around just about a month later you’ll be ready to indulge yourself in yet another huge feast, huge celebration and fun-packed holiday period. Of course, you’ll have to start working off all that additional weight just after New Year, so bear that in mind!
Ben Greenwood is writing on behalf of American Soda, importers of American food, including Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling, into the UK.
Ben Greenwood is writing on behalf of American Soda ), importers of American food, including pumpkin pie filling, stuffing and more, into the UK.