5 Nontraditional Thanksgiving foods

With different cultures comes different foods for Thanksgiving dinner.

Jaylen Stasio, Staff Writer

Not all people eat the traditional turkey and gravy when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Here are just a few of the foods different cultures eat on Thanksgiving.

    1. One nontraditional Thanksgiving food sophomore Ava Hogan eats is deer jerky. Every year her family travels to Kentucky to see family. They make the jerky by using the leftover deer meat from hunting season, marinating it, then putting the meat into the dehydrator to make it into jerky. The appeal is the texture and smoky taste, which makes it something Hogan looks forward to every year.
    2. Hayden Henderson (’22) eats wontons for part of his Thanksgiving dinner. Wontons are a traditional Asian dish that has different types of meat like pork, shrimp, or crab and is either fried or boiled. Henderson enjoys this dish because of the smooth outer texture and warm center.
    3. As a part of Filipino Thanksgiving, Quinten Hall (’22), eats a special food called Turon. This dessert is made of banana slices, rolled in brown sugar and stuffed inside a spring roll wrapper, which then gets fried. The reason Hall loves these treats so much is because of the sweet flavor and special taste.
    4. Another dish Hall eats for Thanksgiving is a soup called Sinigang. Sinigang is a pork soup with multiple vegetables that make for a sweet but salty taste. Hall’s family enjoys this soup because of the various flavors that are involved.Just like American’s have chicken noodle soup, Filipinos have sinigang. “Sinigang is perfect for when it gets cold out, all parts of the soup are seasoned well, the meat, the broth, the vegetables” Hall said.
    5. Albert Veloso (’22) and his family like to enjoy duck as the main dish of their Thanksgiving meal. Veloso and his family like eating duck on Thanksgiving because it’s tender in flavor and a refreshing twist on the traditional “Thanksgiving bird.”

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