What foods are on your plate this Thanksgiving?

Written by on November 2012

Here in the office at MetroKitchen there are a handful of people from different cultural backgrounds and we all have different ideas about what’s on the ideal Thanksgiving menu. From the ingredients in Turkey stuffing to a preference of canned or home-made cranberry sauce, we have covered nearly all of the Thanksgiving topics among one another. What do you think, though? Let us know in the comments section below and read on to see some of the topics we have discussed!

Stuffing

I’m going to start off with the topic that is most dear to me – stuffing. Since I was a kid, my mother has always made a stuffing that is so delicious, my family and I eat all of it before even a quarter of the turkey has been eaten. It’s basically an old-fashioned savory bread stuffing with mushrooms, celery, and onions, but with an addition of ground beef. I suspect that the beef is something my dad suggested at some point. There’s nothing like having turkey and gravy along with a ground beef stuffing and a giant pile of buttery mashed potatoes with even more gravy. Some people make sweet dressing to serve with turkey, though, that’s made with corn meal. Our CEO, Lynn, even said that she has served a stuffing made with oysters! I’m an oyster fan so that sounded delicious. What kind do you serve?

Cranberry Sauce

When it comes to cranberry sauce, I’ve always been one of those people that just looked at it on the table and thought it was some kind of decoration. I only ever saw it once a year. It was always the canned type that stayed in the shape of the can and was served on a special plate. I think I may have poked it with my butter knife a couple of times to see it wiggle like a Jello mold. That was about as close to eating it as I have ever come.

However, the others here in the office love cranberry sauce and have said that they have made it from scratch with great results – mashing the cranberries, cooking them with a healthy dose of sugar, and serving them in a bowl to be spooned onto fresh roasted turkey. Another Thanksgiving favorite here in the office is a grilled turkey and cranberry sandwich with melted cheese, which is something that I am definitely going to try this year. How do you prefer your cranberry sauce? Canned or homemade?

Side Dishes

My family is Greek, so in the past we’ve always had a tray of spanakopita to eat along with our turkey and mashed potatoes. Spanakopita is a Greek dish of spinach and feta cheese wrapped in filo dough, brushed with olive oil, and baked until it’s golden brown and crispy on the outside. I have experimented eating them with old fashioned turkey gravy and have come to the conclusion that pretty much anything is even more delicious when covered in gravy. This year I’m planning on having a homemade macaroni and cheese casserole. What are your unique and/or essential side dishes? Let us know in the comments section and thanks for reading!

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