The menu for Thanksgiving dinner has changed through time. The first pilgrim Thanksgiving held in 1621 at Plymouth Colony included lobster and clams, dishes not commonly included in the meal today. The first national day of Thanksgiving in America was in 1789, but not until President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a “day of Thanksgiving and praise to our benevolent Father” in 1863 during the Civil war was there an annual Thanksgiving holiday. There are many regional variations to the Thanksgiving dinner but some menu items are always included. Here is a look at some of the best Thanksgiving food.
Turkey Is The Main Dish
Turkey was likely one of many types of fowl to be included in the first Thanksgiving feast but it was not the main dish. The turkey is a native North American bird that was easily hunted in 1621. At that time a wild turkey could weigh as much as 60 pounds making it an excellent choice when feeding large groups. By the time of the first national holiday, the turkey had become the preferred main dish and remains so today.
Cranberry sauce is another traditional Thanksgiving dish. Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America which makes it a must for any Thanksgiving meal. Cranberry sauce can be made fresh with whole cranberries or bought in cans, but in either form, this side dish has become associated with Thanksgiving as much as turkey.
Potatoes – Sweet And White
While potatoes were not available for the first Thanksgiving feast, they have become a staple on the menu today. Sweet potatoes can be baked, roasted or made into a pie, but no matter how they are prepared a sweet potato dish is a must for any Thanksgiving table. White potatoes are just as traditional a Thanksgiving side dish and are just as flexible in presentation as sweet potatoes with options including mashed, baked or roasted.
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, no Thanksgiving table would be complete without this side dish. The pilgrims would have used onions, herbs, and nuts to stuff their turkey but the traditional dressing today is based on bread or cornbread. This special side dish for the Thanksgiving dinner is also a feature part of many recipes designed to use the leftovers.
Pies For Dessert
Dessert is the final part of Thanksgiving and pies are often the dessert of choice. Fruit pies are a traditional favorite with apple, cherry, pumpkin and sweet potato commonly gracing the table. Pecan pie, cranberry pie, and chocolate pie are other options for the dessert menu. If pie isn’t a family favorite there are many cakes, tarts and cookies that are good alternatives.
Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather together for good food, good company and good times. Full Sky Technologies wishes a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving for everyone this year.