Now is the time of year when you are searching thanksgiving recipes to find that perfect thanksgiving menu to impress your guests.
Thanksgiving Day in America is a time for giving thanks and sharing with family and friends, and showing some love and appreciation. It’s a time of feasting on the delicious foods of turkey, stuffing, and good ole pumpkin pie.
The centerpiece of a contemporary Thanksgiving in the U.S.A and Canada is a large meal, usually centered around a large roasted turkey with all the trimmings. The majority of the dishes in a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner are made from foods native to the New World. According to tradition the Pilgrims received these foods from the Native Americans in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Warnpanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast.
So as you prepare for your thanksgiving day on the 25 November and consider what you should cook for your family and friends, why don’t you consider offering them something different this year.
There are many different cultures in America and lots of different cuisines to choose from, but I am going to recommend a cuisine you may not have encountered before, the exotic food of the Caribbean. There are many people of Caribbean heritage in America who will be celebrating thanksgiving. Their thanksgiving meal has similarities to American cuisine but there are also some variations and differences which you can incorporate into your traditional American thanksgiving dinner.
Caribbean Thanksgiving Dinner
For the main course the Caribbeans will have as the center piece, just like the Americans, a turkey with sage and onion stuffing but that’s where the similarity ends. Thereafter the Caribbeans will add:
- Roast Leg of Pork seasoned with jerk sauce
- rice and peas
- macaroni cheese
- sautéed vegetables
- buttered brussel sprouts
- homemade coleslaw
- Tossed Green Mixed salad
- Baked sweet potato
- Fried Plaintain and
- Roasted butter potatoes
- Apple sauce Condiment
- cranberry sauce Condiment
- Red Pepper Sauce Condiment
Would comprise of either:
- Coconut Tart & homemade vanilla ice-cream
- Sweet Potato Pudding & cream
- Banana Fritters with syrup and vanilla ice-cream
- Rum cake and custard
As a treat here’s the recipe for the Caribbean dessert of sweet potato pudding. Give it a try and add something exotic to your thanksgiving.
Recipe For Sweet Potato Pudding
- 3lbs Grated sweet potato
- 1/2/lb brown muscovado sugar
- 1 fresh coconut grated
- 4oz plain flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 chopped chillies
- 4oz full cream milk
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Peel and grate sweet potato, remove outer shell of coconut and also grate coconut.
Add sweet potato and coconut into a bowl, add flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar.
Fold in all ingredients, then add the milk and mix ingredients until you have a moist consistency that drops off the spoon.
Chop chillies and add to mixture.
Spoon into a greased baking tray and bake for 30 minutes in a pre-heated over at 180C/Gas mark 5
Remove from oven when mixture has browned and the testing skewer has come out clean.
Serve with cream.