Every other year we cook Thanksgiving dinner for my sister’s family. Our meal has evolved to include traditional dishes our respective birth families grew up with, some we adopted from years breaking bread with some German neighbors, and now some Iraqi specialties as well. Here’s how the meal shaped up for this year:
Hummus – everybody’s favorite appetizer
Poutine – a PNW/Canadian specialty transplanted to Philly, basically fries with gravy and cheese, a big hit this year
Lahab Salad (of course)
Greek salad (cukes, tomatoes, onions, feta, mint, yum)
Turducken stuffed with biryani – The first time we had turducken we bought one ready made. Last year we stuffed our own and it was awesome. This year, we stuffed again, made some adjustments, and got good reviews.
Mashed potatoes – from boiled fresh potatoes, not Potato Buds. Long story for another time.
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows and honey – an in-law family favorite
Green beans with tomato sauce – an ode to the Iraqi side
Pumpkin pie – for my niece
Pecan pie – for my husband
Apple pie – for my sister
Carrot cake – also very good
A good time was had by all 14 of us and leftovers lasted through Saturday. There’s nothing like bringing everybody together to share a great meal.