It’s the Thanksgiving weekend, and boy, are we thanking our asses off or what! Zoink! is relatively new in the market front and is receiving plenty of rave reviews on its Facebook page and the blog posts. So we thank you. Yes, YOU, who is reading this post right now. Big hug to you too. Spread the love!
So where were we, yes, Thanksgiving. Well, it’s not an oft celebrated holiday in India (in fact, it’s not even a holiday), but it’s a day, for just being grateful. And what Team Zoink! loves most about Thanksgiving are the traditional family dinners with endless dishes laid out on that table to be feasted upon. Fortunately, Team Zoink! has befriended quite a few Anglo Indian and American families in the city who celebrate the holiday and whip up this amazing dinner and graciously invite us to their homes. We always oblige (why shouldn’t we, they insist!) With all that wonderful goodness of a hearty Thanksgiving meal, we thought we’ll give our Zoinkers! a lowdown on what the traditional Thanksgiving dinner comprises.
The pièce de résistance of the Thanksgiving dinner is that large beautiful turkey with that delicious stuffing sitting like a proud hero in the middle of the table, in all its shining glory. For those of you who have had turkey, you would know how simply yummy the meat is ( we hardly find any restaurants serving us turkey in the city, the closest that would come would be Subway, where you could have a turkey salami sandwich). The turkey preparation is an extremely time consuming process, and sometimes takes up to 6 hours in cooking time altogether. But the wait is most certainly worth it.
The flavour of the turkey is enhanced by the delicious stuffing that goes into it. Usually, it’s a bread based stuffing that includes bread crumbs, carrots, celery, onions and a large helping of the sage herb, that blends in the stuffing well and gives it an immaculate taste. While the traditional stuffed turkey is roasted, a large number of people are also deep frying it to give the meat a crispy skin. However, we don’t advise you to try this at home, as deep frying a large bird tends to be quite a messy and an often disastrous (and dangerous) affair.
While the turkey is pretty much the hero of the Thanksgiving dinner, it simply HAS to be complemented by a plethora of side dishes. And the most important of them all is the sweet cranberry sauce (this was popularized by Chandler Bing from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. when he is proudly showing off to everyone that he made the sauce when Monica Geller informs him that the sauce is so easy to make, a monkey could have made it!). A bit of that sauce along with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy with a bit of that turkey is literally a bite of heaven. Bread rolls, sweet potato pies, pumpkin pies, Deviled Eggs (halved hard-boiled eggs scooped with creamy yolk and mayo), green bean casserole and corn on the cob.
All of the dishes mentioned in this post are just as tasty as they sound. And that’s simply the typical American Thanksgiving Dinner menu that we shared with you. If you have any recipes or would like to let our fellow Zoinkers! know about any dishes that we’ve missed out, do comment below. We always love feedback!
And, Happy Thanksgiving!