Whenever the topic of Thanksgiving comes up, it is impossible not to talk about food. In fact, most talk would involve a lot of food. As per the very first Thanksgiving celebration, there were supposed to be turkey, waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. Which of these are popular up to now?
No food has surpassed the popularity of turkey for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was at some point referred to as the Turkey Day. The popularity of turkey almost resulted to it being wiped out . It is a good thing that the Federal Government stepped in just in time to stop its extinction. Turkey is also a popular food choice during Christmas.
It is considered a leaner option to red meat. The Thanksgiving table seems sorely lacking without any turkey on it. To accommodate people who cannot afford a whole turkey, commercial sellers have made available turkey purchase in parts. But of course, nothing beats the vision of a whole turkey on the table as the main dish. Turkey leftovers are recycled to make sandwiches, soups, and vegetable dishes.
The number one choice for Thanksgiving side dish is still good ol’ mashed potatoes. The reason why it is the most popular is the extreme simplicity of doing it. It is also acceptable to almost everybody regardless of age.
It can be made more festive looking by adding some toppings like the one shown above with crispy shallots. Just like in turkey, the absence of mashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving table is unthinkable to many. The best kind of potatoes to use are the starchy types. Flavor is easily enhanced by choice herbs, spices, and buttermilk.
Pumpkin Pie is the most popular Thanksgiving dessert of all time. Consisting of a pumpkin based custard, it is baked on a pie crust without a top shell. The usual flavorings used include nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
The pumpkin pie is one of the most awaited desserts to end a hearty Thanksgiving meal. It can also be given a more festive look by putting choice colorful toppings. It ensures that the meal ends sweetly as it should.
Suggested beverage for Thanksgiving meals consist of wine, cocktails, punch, coffee, and tea. The choice will depend on who will be joining the meal. Any Thanksgiving meal is considered complete with these three most popular food mentioned above.