An Authentic Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
Be sure to read up on Information on the First Thanksgiving. This was a celebration of the first harvest had by Pilgrims in the US, and was a festival with the 50 or so Pilgrims plus just under 100 native Americans. The food therefore was a mix of what the English settlers knew about and/or brought with them, plus what the native Americans brought in to the feast.
The Native Americans enjoyed Indian Pudding, and this pudding became a favorite of the colonists for centuries to come.
2 cups milk
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup unsulphured molasses, warmed
4 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, or to taste
grated peel of 1/2 small lemon
1/2 cup raisins
sweetened whipped cream or sweet wine for topping
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat milk with cornmeal. Whisk from time to time until thick. Heat molasses and butter, and whisk in sugar.
2. Gradually beat hot cornmeal mixture into beaten egg. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel and raisins. Place in 8-inch-diameter glass baking dish or ceramic mixing bowl. Bake for 1 hours, or until top is rounded and set. Serve hot with toppings of whipped cream or sweet wine, if desired. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
A First Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
Information on the First Thanksgiving