They say that thanksgiving feast was first celebrated in 1621, by the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony along with 90 Wampanoag Indians. The Pilgrims had suffered through a devastating winter in which nearly half their number died. Without the help of the native Indians, everyone would have perished. After the first harvest, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and praying.
This year I decided to do a traditional thanksgiving dinner for me and my friends, where the turkey was the king of the dinner.
Roasting a turkey is not a piece of cake, and I really had to do some research. I'm talking about cooking a 15lb (~7kg) turkey, which means 2-3 days thawing in the refrigerator, plus 5 hours in the oven! Holy cow!
The night before I brined the turkey using some spices.
Many Americans would say the dinner is "incomplete" without a bread-based stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, mashed potatoes, dumplings, corn on the cob or hominy, deviled eggs, green beans or green bean casserole, peas and carrots, bread rolls, cornbread or biscuits, rutabagas or turnips and a salad.
Well, I decided to do some mashed potatoes
and stuffing (basicamente são migas)
First course completed! And it was a success! The turkey was very tasty and juicy. hum..
For dessert, several pies are often served, particularly apple pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie and pecan pie.
And the chosen one was: the pumpkin pie..with eggnog ice cream (you should taste the yolks and nutmeg...It’s very unique!). So rich, so good!
Because of the amount of food, the Thanksgiving meal is sometimes served midday or early afternoon to make time for all the eating. I did the same.
So what do you think about the food? Have you already tried the Thanksgiving meal? I was really proud of mine! ;)
PS1: The meal was served with Californian wine but we finish with the perfect Porto wine.
PS2: And of course, who had Thanksgiving dinner, has leftovers too;)