Since this is a food blog, and presumably you are reading because you want to know about food, and because Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when you eat food, I thought I’d do a recap of what we had:
Startin on the left, in counter-clockwise order: shrimp and scallop ceviche, papas rellenas, fried plantains (chopped and fried in olive oil and brown sugar), and Empanadas (personal-sized instead of pie-sized; cook for about 20 minutes). For dessert, we had delicious spiced chocolate pudding:
Now, I know haters gonna hate, but this actually is a traditional thanksgiving dinner. The papas rellenas had ground turkey, cranberries, and mashed potatoes in them; the fried plantains are basically the same thing as candied yams, and the empanadas had a spinach stuffing, which is just like green bean casserole. So there!
(I did have the brilliant idea of attempting to come up with the craziest, yet still delicious, ways to combine traditional Thanksgiving ingredients into a non-traditional meal. Next year, perhaps?)
(I also have to say that I don’t like turkey all that much, so I’m not interested in making it myself. Also, Mark Bittman agrees with me:
…although the [turkey] in its wild form may be traditional and is indisputably indigenous, whether the one you buy is free-range, wild, natural, organic, pumped up with antibiotics or even injected with “butter,” it’s just about the worst piece of meat you can roast.
Anyways, I’m not going to post a big long “making-of” post, because most of this stuff we’ve done before, the plantains are easy, and I didn’t make the pudding so I don’t have the recipe. But I’ll put some pictures of the process below the fold for y’all: