The 1621 event was probably a harvest celebration, but not a “day of Thanksgiving,” which implies fasting and prayer…
How about a shooting match with live targets?
For me, canned cranberry sauce is the Jar Jar Binks of the Thanksgiving universe. Annoying and mostly unnecessary, it’s mostly there to entertain small children. It doesn’t have to be that way, folks. You don’t have to suffer through it, as Nancy Gerlach showed us with this serrano ginger cranberry chutney recipe she hipped us to in her Spiced-Up Thanksgiving Trimmings story.
Where is it written that canned cranberry sauce has to be served with at Thanksgiving? The sweet, sour, hot tastes of this chutney compliments turkey, chicken, and even pork. The addition of black pepper may sound odd, but it does provide a tasty accent to the chutney.
If you want your Thanksgiving bird to be a stand-out, try Mole Poblano de Guajolote (aka Turkey in Chocolate Chile Sauce). It’s just one of the great Mexicanized Thanksgiving ideas she put forth in this article at our main site. Although this recipe is for sliced poultry and only serves 4-6 people, I’m sure you can do the math and scale it up if need be.
I have turkey on the brain right now so for the next three weeks, you’re going to see a post a week from me on the subject. If you’re really lucky, it may even induce a food coma.
If your Thanksgiving get together is on the small side, you may not want an entire turkey. Even if you do plan on going whole bird, this is really tasty, spicy way to prep the legs. Henry the VIII would love it.