Turkey And Pumpkin Pies Are Great, But These Latino Foods Make For A Tasty Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving usually conures up ideas of turkeys and pumpkin pies. While those are delicious in their own right, Latinos tend to do things a little different. Okay. We do things a lot different. Why have a basic turkey when you can dig into a pernil instead? Thanksgiving is all about the food but you don’t have to limit yourself to the food everyone else expects you to cook for the big day. Instead, why don’t you try giving your Thanksgiving feast the Latino twist we all dream of.
Turkeys are too expected, tbh.
It is usually the wow factor of any Thanksgiving dinner. If this is you thing, then go for it. There are ways you can make this main dish a little more Latino. All it takes is some imagination and determination.
One way to make your turkey stand out is using mofongo instead of stuffing.
Plantains are one of the most versatile and universal foods in the Latino diet. Using them for a stuffing is something that should be more mainstream.
There’s always a pernil if you really want to make things super sabrosa.
Most Latino tables across the country on Thanksgiving will be presenting a delicious pork dish as the star. Honestly, most of our meals have some kind of pork somewhere in it. It is almost the most popular meat in the Latino community.
Stuffing is fine if you want to do something with limited effort.
Some people prefer being a little lazy with boxed options but not Latinos. We always take the long way to make things from scratch to add the best flavor.
Arroz con gandules can make a nice replacement for stuffing.
If you’re Cuban, you’re subbing mashed potatoes and gravy for rice and Cuban black beans. Either way, there will be a pilgrim boat load of rice on the table.
Vegetable are important but they can be done differently.
However, there is always that primo who just won’t eat anything that is green and crunchy.
Sub that for arroz verde and you’ll make la familia very happy.
Like I said. There will be rice. Yes, I’m aware it’s native to Spain. This is a very ethically confusing holiday okay.
You can bring mashed potatoes, but they will be overshadowed.
My mami always made it from a box for show, and the first time I met someone who made it from scratch, I thought they were Martha Stewart.
Bring mashed yucca con mojo instead.
It’s the only root vegetable my holy Latina body is willing to consume. Couple that with mojo (which you can basically sub for any mushroom gravy and pour over every dish), and you’re the Thanksgiving MVP.
There will be corn, but it won’t look like this.
Nothing wrong with straight-up corn on the cob. Just amke sure you try to add some kind of seasoning to it other that salt and pepper..
My broke amigos: bring the elotes (and the Cheeto dust).
Unless your tio has claimed that dish for the last decade, then don’t go up against him. Be careful of whose territory you’re stepping on.
Nope. No gluten free dinner rolls here.
There may be Cuban bread, but that’s the closest thing to a dinner roll you’ll find a mi casa. I’m okay with that.
Pack a box of pan de bono and your tías will be blessing you with holy water on the way in.
Don’t even bother making that from scratch. You’re home for the holidays. Go to your favorite panadería and take all the credit.
Cranberries sauce is not something we typically have in out households.
Berries are not the most common food in a Latino diet. Do they exist in the foods we eat? Yes. But more likely than not, we use other fruits to satisfy our sweet tooth.
Guava paste is all over the dessert menu.
This Caribbean paste is all you need to satisfy all of your dessert needs. It truly is one of the best things to ever be created.
I’ve never had pecan pie.
It looks good, and apparently it’s an obligatory dessert for Thanksgiving, but not at our house. Latinos slay the dessert game.
It is all about the flan in any variation.
Your abuelita’s flan doesn’t look like this, but we’re the Instagram generation. Make this happen.
Eggnog is just too basic.
This drink has always scared me, tbh. Not that I am scared of things but the difference between this and regular milk has long made me feel uncomfortable.
Coquito is the island drink of our people.
Puerto Rican rum, condensed coconut milk, coconut fat, all the kinds of coconuts and spices are what will warm your belly in the festive, happy way. November 1-January 6 is coquito season. Drink up.
However you celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t forget the Latinx classics.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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