3 Thanksgiving Foods In The Pacific Northwest
The turkey is the iconic centerpiece of Thanksgiving foods, no matter where you are located, but the feast is about more than just the bird. The sides, drinks and desserts are equally important to the meal. Thanksgiving meals in the Pacific Northwest feature a variety of fresh ingredients found throughout the region. Let’s take a look at a few items you likely won’t find anywhere else in the country but are almost guaranteed to show up at a Pacific Northwest dinner table on Thanksgiving.
Seafood: The Pacific Northwest is known for our access to an abundance of seafood options that other places in the country do not have. Because of this, it is not uncommon to find seafood in some form at the Thanksgiving table. From salmon to crab to oysters, seafood makes its appearance in family recipes as well as the being the star of its own dish on the Thanksgiving table.
Mushrooms: With a reputation for being drizzly and gray, the Pacific Northwest is the perfect environment to grow mushrooms. It’s not uncommon to find mushrooms in some form throughout a Thanksgiving meal in the region. In fact, mushroom gravy is a staple that pairs well with turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. It’s also not surprising to find mushrooms in green bean casseroles or as its own side dish or appetizer.
Fruit: Apples and pears are two seasonal fruits grown in the region during the fall and as such make their way into many Thanksgiving foods in the Pacific Northwest. From a traditional pie to stuffing, salads and beyond, these fruits provide the perfect sweet touch to a variety of recipes without being too overpowering. Cherries are another fruit that can be found on Thanksgiving as they pair wonderfully with freshly made cranberry sauce.
While the stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey are the essentials for a Thanksgiving meal no matter where you live, it’s the addition of the above items that make the holiday recipes unique to the Pacific Northwest. What do you incorporate as part of your Thanksgiving menu? No matter what foods you enjoy today, we hope you’re spending time with friends and family!
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