Thanksgiving is one of the greatest holidays of the fall season, in my opinion. Who wouldn’t want a day to just eat or be offered food until your stomach is bursting at the seams? A traditional Thanksgiving day dinner consists of stuffing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and of course the turkey. But now, more and more families are giving Thanksgiving dinners a little twist and some creative but delicious tweaks, especially in diverse Montgomery County. Whether it is a result of vibrant cultural backgrounds or just wanting something new many students and teachers have something different to offer at the table this year. Below are some recipes and tips for preparing a fantastic Thanksgiving meal!
One Northwest High School student’s family is from Ghana. They combine the typical mashed potatoes Thanksgiving dinner with different kinds of delicacies. Pumpkin pie is always delicious but African Pies really hit the spot.
Another student who goes to Northwest has an Indian heritage. For Thanksgiving, her family makes samosas, potato-filled doughy treats that can either be sweet or spicy. The recipe is as follows:
In addition, here are some tips for a Thanksgiving dinner that will blow your feathers off!
1) Prepare for anything.
Everyone has that beautiful, fantastic image of the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. But sometimes, things go wrong. The turkey you spent all night seasoning could burn in an instant, or Uncle Joe could end up eating the entire pumpkin pie. Everyone should always have a back up plan or some way to handle things that could easily go wrong.
2) Be a good host.
I know personally that when I go over to my Aunt’s house for Thanksgiving, all of my cousins and I usually sit and wait a long time until the food is ready. To keep your guests happy and interested, have multiple fun things set up in advance. Have a funny holiday movie playing in the background with board games or silly activities planned out. Coloring books are always a go-to for younger family members. Let everyone have some fun.
3) Try something new.
Don’t always bring out the same ancient china that was used for your great-great grandmother’s dinner parties. Spice it up! Have an interesting dining set laid out. The plates could be green with purple polka dots and the glasses to match. Personalize it, and be you.
4) Have fun!
Thanksgiving only gobbles around once a year. It’s a holiday where the primary feature is family and togetherness. It’s a time to count your blessings and make new memories with the closest people around you. Enjoy yourself and eat until you can’t anymore!
I encourage you to use these tips to make your Thanksgiving the best you have ever had! Have a safe and fabulous holiday!
Article by Jozette Allah-Mensah, MoCo Student staff writer.
Image by Claudia Espinoza, MoCo Student graphic artist.