A World of Thanksgiving Traditions: Celebrating Recipes & Traditions
It's that time of year again! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we all know what that means: feasting on delicious traditional foods, spending time with family and friends, and giving thanks for all the wonderful things we have in our lives. This year, why not celebrate Thanksgiving by learning about some of the different traditions and recipes from around the world? In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the most interesting Thanksgiving traditions from all over the globe. So get your taste buds ready for a global feast!
Thanksgiving Traditions From Around the World
In many countries, Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends, enjoy a big feast, and give thanks for all the good things in life. But the traditions of this holiday vary greatly from country to country. Here's a look at how Thanksgiving is celebrated around the world:
- In Canada, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that falls on the second Monday of October. Families gather for a big feast, often featuring roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Canadian Thanksgiving also has some unique traditions, such as the playing of a game called "Tossing the Turkey," in which players try to throw a frozen turkey as far as they can.
- In Mexico, Thanksgiving is known as "Dia de accion de gracias," or "Day of Thanks." The holiday falls on the last Thursday of November and is a time for family gatherings and feasts featuring traditional Mexican dishes like tamales, mole poblano, and roasted turkey.
- In Japan, Thanksgiving is known as "Labor Thanksgiving Day" and is celebrated on November 23rd. It is a national holiday that honors the hard work of laborers across the country. People give thanks for the harvest and express their gratitude for all those who have contributed to their success. A traditional Thanksgiving meal would typically consist of rice, fish, and tea.
- Erntedankfest is a harvest festival that is celebrated in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It is typically held on the first Sunday in October, and it is a time to give thanks for the bounty of the harvest. In some regions, there are also parades and other festivities. Masthühnchen (fattened hens), Der Kapaun (castrated and fattened rooster), and Die Poularde (roasted goose) are popular dishes in Germany.
Thanksgiving Recipes from Around the World
To celebrate the festival, here are some festive recipes from around to celebrate the traditions and culture that come forth with this day.
Pork Tamales Recipes- Mexico
- Pork shoulder
- Masa harina
- Corn husks
- Chili powder
- Start by mixing the masa harina with some water until it forms a thick paste. Then, add in the lard and mix together until it forms a dough.
- Next, take your pork shoulder and season it with garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and oregano. Then, cook it in a slow cooker or oven until it is nice and tender. After the pork is cooked through, shred it into small pieces.
- To assemble the tamales, take a corn husk and spread some of the masa dough on it. Then, add a spoonful or two of the shredded pork in the center. Finally, fold up the husks and tie them closed with string or twine.
- Steam the tamales for about an hour, or until the masa dough is cooked through.Best enjoyed with your favorite salsa or sauce. Serve hot!
Gourmet Masthähnchen- Germany
- 2 large/ 4 small boneless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- Before you begin, set the temperature of your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Then, melt some butter in a baking dish or pan (glass baking dish).
- Next, season your chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Then, place them in the dish or pan with the melted butter.
- Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, bake for 20-30 minutes.
- You'll know they're done when they're cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.
- Once they're finished cooking, remove them from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before cutting into them.
- Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping- USA
This recipe is perfect for the holiday season! Sweet potato casserole is a classic dish that everyone loves.
- Set the temperature of your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 11x13-inch baking dish.
- Peel and slice sweet potatoes. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add sweet potatoes and sugar, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, flour, and salt. Stir into the sweet potato mixture. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Arrange pecan halves on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the casserole is set and the top is golden brown. After a few minutes, your dish will be cool enough to enjoy!
No matter where you come from, or what your traditions are, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and enjoy good food. From tamales to sweet potato casserole, there are endless possibilities when it comes to celebrating this holiday. So get in the kitchen and try out some new recipes this year! Happy Thanksgiving! We all have leftovers, learn how to use this to make amazing meatloafs!