The holiday season is knocking on our door once again and it brings with it oodles of delicious food. Although we don’t celebrate this special day, we do like to have another reason to eat festive dinner. This festive dinner is for Thanksgiving. It is a national holiday celebrated primarily in Canada and United States. In Canada it is celebrated in October but in other parts of the world, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November.
Thanksgiving is celebrated by families to thank each other for the many blessings they have in life. The whole family comes together and prepare a magnificent meal with all the trimmings. They all sit together and take turns in saying what they are thankful for. Let’s take a look at what a traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of:
A classic roast turkey is hard to beat on Thanksgiving. No roast chicken can take its place on the dinner table. The delicious meat is very tender and takes quite some time to cook. It has to be basted and roasted for hours to get that beautiful charred exterior and juicy meat that falls off the bone. The turkey is usually stuffed with a bread stuffing and sage is used to flavour it. To add more flavour, carrots, celery, onions are used while roasting it. Click here for recipe.
In order to extend the turkey flavour, the drippings and the juices from the giblets are used to make lovely gravy. You can pour this over roast vegetables or mashed potatoes. Click here for recipe.
Since there already is a huge turkey on the table, why not lighten things up with fresh green beans lightly sautéed with onions. Add some lemon juice and toasted pine nuts and you’re all set. Click here for recipe.
It is difficult to get your hands on fresh cranberries here, you can use the dried variant to make a beautifully tart sauce to have with your turkey. It’s all about bursting different flavours in your mouth. Click here for recipe.
Another simple side dish, glazed carrots add that bit of crunch and sweetness to your dinner. You can oven roast the carrots and dredge them in honey and spice to finish it off. Or else, follow this recipe to get glazed carrots with crunch pecans (which you can replace with walnuts).
Arguably the most delicious part of the Thanksgiving dinner, this bread based dish is full of flavour. Many people skip the turkey and go for the stuffing. Get your hands on this amazing recipe (vegan) and your guests will go for seconds.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
The natural sweetness on sweet potatoes are highlighted with the use of maple syrup and sweet apples. Try this recipe of Hasselback Sweet Potatoes for your thanksgiving dinner and impress your guests.
Yes, it might sound strange, but it tastes divine. The silky smooth texture of the pie filling goes extremely well with the flaky crust and whip cream. After all the food, you must leave room for this dessert. Follow this amazingly simple recipe to make your own pumpkin pie.
Many restaurants in Mumbai are offering you to try Thanksgiving Dinner without going through the pain of making this massive dinner. Here are some of the places we recommend for Thanksgiving Dinner tonight:
Indigo Deli (All outlets) – À la carte menu
Miro, Swenska Design Hotel, Andheri (W) -
The Barking Deer, Lower Parel – Rs.799 plus taxes per person
Seven – The Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel – Rs.2250 per person (without alcohol) and Rs.3800 (with alcohol)
Seasonal Tastes – The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Goregaon (E)
Bombay Baking Company, JW Marriott, Juhu – Rs.2700 plus taxes
The Spare Kitchen, Juhu – À la carte menu