Traditional And Innovative Thanksgiving Wedding Food
Thanksgiving is as much about food as it is about giving thanks. A holiday of the harvest, Thanksgiving is a notorious expander of the American waistline. I get full just thinking about the turkey, eighteen sides, cornbread, stuffing, and pies. But this is great news for a couple planning a Thanksgiving wedding: you have a readymade menu sitting in your mother’s recipe box! For the creative couple who’d like to do a little something special and different, there are plenty of innovative alternatives to the traditional fare. Here are some of my favorites that are easy to green:
Sesame Turkey Bites Appetizer
This creative southern take on the Thanksgiving turkey is the perfect finger food appetizer for your wedding cocktail hour. Admittedly, these bites are a little sinful. They’re rolled in crisp sesame seeds and deep-fried in organic oil, but this is a celebration! It’s no time for counting calories. To make these eco-friendly use free-range turkey, organic eggs and organic sesame seeds.
Turkey, Stuffing, Veggie Sides, and Cranberry Sauce
Ah, tradition. There’s nothing more comforting than the Thanksgiving classics: a turkey stuffed with onions, garlic, and bread; cucumber salad oozing cream; and the tart taste of some ruby red cranberry sauce to complete the robust flavor profile. Make your wedding Thanksgiving dinner symbolic by mixing family favorites: serve your mother’s stuffing alongside your mother-in-law’s sweet potatoes, and your aunt’s corn chowder next to your soon-to-be sister-in-law’s risotto. If your family is game, ask each member to cook a specialty and transform your celebration into a potluck wedding. Encourage everyone to use organic ingredients whenever possible and enjoy the effortless bounty.
Whatever you decide to do with your turkey, plan ahead and order it from a cruelty-free, organic farm that raises free-range birds. Healthy turkeys are delicious turkeys, and they’re eco-friendly to boot.
Creative Veggie Displays
There is always an abundance of vegetable sides on the Thanksgiving table. Get creative with yours and make a turkey out of cucumber, squash, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Veggies for dipping are particularly easy to work with since they’re dry, stackable, and don’t need cooking.
Mini Holiday Pies
A traditional wedding cake wouldn’t be out of place amidst a Thanksgiving wedding, but you can opt for something more holiday-centric by substituting mini pies for the classic dessert. Pies are a Thanksgiving mainstay and by serving small ones you can include all of your holiday favorites: pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, apple, blueberry, even Oreo cookies and cream (this is one of my personal family favorites.) Plus, with mini pies you know exactly how many you need: one for everyone! You can even include little check boxes on your RSVP cards asking what kind of pie guests would like. Because they use basic baking ingredients like milk, eggs and sugar, pies are easy to green at any grocery store.
Contributed by Anni M.