Us Americans are gearing up for Thanksgiving this week, which means the start of the holiday season and massive amounts of food.
Like, ma-hooo-sive amounts of food.
Thanksgiving isn’t a big deal in my family. For most of the last decade, it has been the day before I steeled myself to face the masses on Black Friday, working retail. We don’t see extended family on Thanksgiving (last year, we saw them on Black Friday for “Japanese Thanksgiving”), due to said pre-Black Friday-ness and we don’t usually eat turkey.
And yet somehow, I love reading recipes and food ideas for Thanksgiving–the more creative, the better. Plus, I really find the regional and different cultural dishes of Thanksgiving and holidays fascinating.
For instance, on some Reddit thread I was reading last week while insomnia-ing, someone from Louisiana said that gumbo was a regular thing on their Thanksgiving table. Someone I know with Polish heritage says that pierogis are Thanksgiving food for her family. Another friend says that sweet potato/yam casserole with marshmallows is a staple in her family. Others say yes to mac and cheese as a side dish, while others say rice and beans is a necessity. I read a recipe the other day for pumpkin biryani, which sounded interesting and yummy.
It’s the same thing with Christmas or other holiday dinners, I suppose. Every family does their own thing, whether it’s a roast pig, copious amounts of mashed potatoes, whiskey, sukiyaki, lasagna, feast of the seven fishes…
I celebrate Christmas with the Irish-American side of the family, so generally, there are at least two kinds of potatoes and the meat and other sides tend to be incidental 🙂
Unless my aunt makes popovers or Yorkshire pudding. Those are extremely important. We’ve been known to keep the popovers hostage on one end of the dinner table, only to be traded for more mashed potatoes.
Then I spend a week digesting Christmas dinner only to gorge myself on Japanese food for New Year’s Day.
So, what do y’all eat on holidays?