I'm not American and I am not in America but I have somehow been persuaded to cook a thanksgiving dinner for some cullinary challenged American friends here.... Any tips to make it uniquely American?
Don't know if it's unique to America, but one of the "standards" for our special Thanksgiving meal includes having more food on the table than an Army platoon can possibly eat, with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams (with marshmallows), cranberries, hot bread, 3 vegetables, 5 kinds of pie, beer, parades and football on TV, napping after the meal, then going back for more. We're gluttons on this day!
LLDN pretty much nailed it for you Sheena.
Keep in mind the grocery companies took this holiday over generations ago, so many of us long for grandma's cooking, but some of our grandmothers used recipes from the side of a can or box.
Or just use the contents of the can or box
But basically, don't skimp on the turkey, that is the centerpiece of the over-indulgence. You must get whole one if you can (not just a turkey breast) and do not think about how much turkey your guests can eat-- half MUST be left over for sandwiches!
For leftovers, later on, any guests still at your place after all the TV sports must share a simpler evening snack with you, Wonder Bread
(white bread), Hellmann's« Real Mayonnaise
, turkey (cold or warm), black pepper and some of the leftover stuffing.
Oh BTW, for the cranberry sauce
don't struggle to get cranberries. Probably about 1/3 of us will miss not having the canned goop, uhhh, I mean the Jellied Cranberry Sauce
. A good 1/3 never touch either the fresh or the jellied stuff, so the cranberry tends to be a big leftover item too.
Don't forget the gravy. Make your own
, or yes, they sell canned stuff of that too!