This past Thursday, we celebrated an American Thanksgiving at our house! I started this tradition a couple of years ago because I had yet to cook a Thanksgiving meal for my family. Every year, my mother roasts the turkey and hosts our Canadian Thanksgiving at her house. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October. It's tradition and we wouldn't have it any other way! She has been cooking our Thanksgiving meal ever since I can remember. She prepares the turkey, stuffing and potatoes in a typical Portuguese fashion and boy, oh boy, is it ever delicious!
Sooo, a couple of years ago, I decided to have a go at roasting my very own turkey. I also made traditional fixings like sweet potatoes, sage stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce. Well, it was such a hit, we now look forward to sharing the holiday with our American neighbors every year.
Do you know what this means? It means we get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice! Two Thanksgivings?! Yes, please!
Here are a few highlights (and a couple of recipes) from our Thanksgiving dinner...
I set the table while listening to the Macy's Day Parade on T.V. I was too busy with preparations to watch it all, so I recorded it to watch the following day!
I absolutely love these brass alphabet napkin rings I bought from Indigo bookstore! We each had our own initial! The striped napkins I bought (brand new in their package) at a garage sale over the summer, as well as the crystal wine glasses! :)
Drying the loaf bread in the oven...
Sauteeing onions and celery in butter...
Sage stuffing is ready for the oven!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Wash cranberries. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Boil for 5 minutes (stirring once in a while). Add cranberries and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat. As the cranberry sauce cools, it will thicken. Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Marshmallow-stuffed Sweet Potato Balls
These sweet potato balls were inspired by a recipe from the mother of a dear friend of mine, Nancy Sussan. I made them for the first time two years ago following her recipe exactly and used an entire large marshmallow in the center. This time, I cut the large marshmallows in half and in turn, it rendered smaller sweet potato balls. These are very easy to make and they're so delicious!
4 large sweet potatoes
6 large marshmallows (cut in half)
2-3 cupscorn flake crumbs
Roast sweet potatoes on a foil-lined cookie sheet in a 400 degree F oven for approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour (or until tender). Allow them to cool.
Peel and mash the sweet potatoes. You can add butter, brown sugar, etc and season them to your liking. I find that sweet potatoes are sweet enough on their own, so I simply add cinnamon.
Next, take half a marshmallow and form a ball around it with the mashed sweet potatoes. Roll the balls in the corn flake crumbs.
Place the sweet potato balls in an oven-safe pan or dish and bake for approximately 20 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Careful not to over-bake them, or the marshmallows will pop!
Wash your hands after you roll each ball. They will get sticky!
It's more affordable to buy Corn Flakes cereal and crush the flakes yourself, than to buy the pre-crushed flakes.
My world is sitting right here at this table! I have so much to be thankful for!
And of course, we saved room for dessert...
I made mini pumpkin pies - one for each of us! We were absolutely stuffed!
I hope my American girlfriends (you know who you are) had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I'm so thankful that I could share this special day with you! Now it's time to prepare for Christmas! Can you believe it's almost December? Where did November go?