What dishes are on the first Thanksgiving diner?
I was curious about what dishes were on the first Thanksgiving dinners for the Pilgrims and the Wambanoag Indians. Searching on Google, I found an article on History.com.
In summary, the findings are
- Turkey could be a protein of the diner; but venison may be the plentiful meat for the diner: roasted deer and venison stew. Very likely, ducks, geese and swans probably were part of the diner.
- There were not stuffing, and nuts and onions were used.
- Vegetable were onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas, which are locally plentiful in the area. A thick corn porridge may be part of the diner as well
- Fruits for the diner include blueberries, plums, grapes, gooseberries, raspberries and, of course cranberries. However, cranberries sauce was not probably part of the diner because there were not amber of sugar.
- Seafood were probably part of the diner according to culinary historians, because of New England location. Mussels, lobsters, bass, clams, and oysters may be part of the diner.
- Potatoes were not part of the diner. Other roots like Indian turnips and ground nuts might have been part of the diner.
- There were no pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving diner. A milk-honey-spices custard were probably improvised and were roasted in pumpkin gourds.