A discussion ensued today regarding what Americans consider “must haves” for their Thanksgiving table, so I did some research and found regional-based recipes that are obvious – and some that suprised me:
- Where would find fried turkey, turkey tamales, and cornbread dressing?
- What about creamed onions (A staple when I was growing-up.), oyster stuffing, and Indian pudding?
- Which state relishes pickeled cabbage, corn cakes, and corn on the cob for Thanksgiving?
- Which nationality serves pasta, pickled vegetables, and antipasto at Thanksgiving?
- Where did this Thanksgiving staple originate: cranberry relish/sauce?
- Which region “must have” this on their Thanksgiving table: Frog eye salad. (They’re also partial to Jell-O salad)
- The Green bean casserole originated in which region of the U.S.? (They also replace the traditional pumpkin pie with cherry pie.)
- Wild rice casserole can be served on the side or as stuffing. Which state(s) is this usually found?
- This one should be a no-brainer: Which region prides itself on serving Sweet Potato Pie? (Hint: General portions of collard greens are also served.)
- In what state do you find an abundance of peaches (and peach pie) – in addition to their Thanksgiving favorite, Pecan pie?
- Key Lime pie is not only a Thanksgiving tradition in this state, but it’s also the state food!
- Where did mushroom gravy originate?
- Another no-brainer: Which state incorporates sourdough bread in their stuffing?
- Last but not least, where would you find Okinawan sweet potatoes (they’re purple!) served?