Thanksgiving is a time for feasting no matter what country your from!
Thanksgiving Day is a time when family and friends gather together and give thanks for all that God has given us. The traditional way of doing this is by feasting. Church gatherings and family gatherings around a harvest table full of food is a mouthwatering event to say the least. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving the second Monday in October where America celebrates Thanksgivingthe 4th Thursday in November. Both countries share similar traditional menus of....
stuffing or dressing depending on what part of the country your from, corn or corn casserole, mashed potatoes or baked potatoes, fall food classics such as baked squash, sweet potatoes cranberry sauce or cranberry relish and pumpkin pies with roasted turkey as the main course.
Traditional Foods of the season
Wikipedia tells us that "U.S. tradition compares the holiday with a meal held in 1621 by the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This element continues in modern times with the Thanksgiving dinner, often featuring turkey, playing a large role in the celebration of Thanksgiving. Some of the details of the American Thanksgiving story are myths that developed in the 1890s and early 1900s as part of the effort to forge a common national identity in the aftermath of the Civil War and in the melting pot of new immigrants."
Foods Commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner.
" Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner. All of these are actually native to the Americas or were introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived. As an alternative to turkey, many vegetarians or vegans eat tofurky, a meatless turkey made of tofu."
• Stuffing: is a substance used to fill a cavity in another food item. Many foods are stuffed, including meats, vegetables, and fruits. At Thanksgiving it is traditional to stuff a turkey or chicken with "stuffing." • also see dressing: the choice in the south • Mashed potatoes with gravy (types of gravy): Mashed Potato or mashed potatoes is a common way of serving potato in many countries worldwide. It is made by mashing boiled potatoes (peeled or unpeeled) with a potato ricer, fork or similar device. • Sweet potatoes: Often served on Thanksgiving, sweet potato dishes represent traditional American cooking and of that prepared with the indigenous peoples of the Americas when settlers first arrived. • Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce is a sauce or relish made out of cranberries, commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner in North America. There are differences in flavor depending on the geography of where the sauce is made: • corn (maize): After the colonization of America, maize was introduced to the English-speaking world, and originally known as Indian corn, a term which was then increasingly often shortened to corn in America, but not in the UK, where the original meanings were retained.
• other fall vegetables
• Pumpkin pie: Pumpkin Pie is a traditional North American sweet dessert usually made in the fall and early winter, especially for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time and featured also at Halloween.
"The beverages served at Thanksgiving can vary as much as
the side dishes, often depending on who is present at the table
and their tastes. Spirits or cocktails occasionally may be
served before the main meal. On the dinner table,
unfermented Apple cider (still or sparkling) and/or wine are
often served. Beaujolais nouveau is sometimes served, as
"Beaujolais day" falls one week before American Thanksgiving.
For children non-alcoholic beverages are served at the table
as it is generally frowned upon (and often illegal) for those
below the legal drinking age to consume alcohol, though in
some states it is legal for those under 21 to consume alcohol
when their parents are present. Pitchers of sweetened iced
tea are common throughout the South."
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Many other foods are served alongside the main dish
—so many that, because of the amount of food, the Thanksgiving meal is sometimes served midday or early afternoon to make time for all the eating, and preparation may begin at dawn or on days prior."
Traditional Meat for the meal
In the United States, certain kinds of food are traditionally served at Thanksgiving meals. First and foremost, turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving table (so much so that Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as "Turkey Day").
4 • Tofurky, meatless turkey