There are some foods that are pretty much indispensable when it comes to a Thanksgiving meal. Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potatoes are the big ones. Oh yeah, and of course, turkey, but that should go without saying.
This year there are some interesting trends when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Some foods and sides are favored. Others have begun to fall by the wayside. Ways of preparing the turkey vary from year to year in popularity. And dessert recipes are ever changing and exciting. So we’re going to turn our attention to the major Thanksgiving dinner trends of 2013.
First things first. The piece de resistance: the turkey. In past years, people, recipes, and websites have been throwing up all kinds of preparation ideas. Last year, food magazines were getting innovative with turkeys. The big trend that year: grilling or even smoking the turkey.
For 2013, turkey dinner has taken a conservative route. Most recipes and suggestions are calling for a classic roasted turkey. Forget oil-basted, chile-rubbed, or apple- brined. There’ll always be the occasional fried turkey, but overall the good ole stuffed, roasted turkey is bringing Turkey Day back to its roots.
What’s Hot and What’s Not
A big trend across the board—in food magazines and on food websites—is appetizers. There are some serious, complex, intricate appetizer recipes popping up all over the place in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. To name just a few:
There are some notable foods that are on the decline this year. A big one is cauliflower. In prior years, it was a major player as a side dish. This year it’s practically a no show. Another casualty: kale (thank goodness). Last year, kale was prominently featured in stuffing. This year, just in salads and apps.
More shocking than these two delicacy demises is the third: corn. How is this possible? It’s actually been in decline for sometime now. It’s almost dumbfounding that this dish, namely sweet corn, which has always been traditionally linked with Thanksgiving would fade from existence at the dinner table. Apparently anything’s possible.
Desserts this year are getting interesting. In past years, cakes have been on the rise. This year, however, pie takes the cake as the centerpiece dessert. The main variation that’s been showing up in a number of food magazines: bruleed pumpkin pie.
In a more general trend, desserts this year have taken a turn towards savoriness. Maybe it’s a conscious effort to cut back on the sugar, but check out some popular dessert ingredients:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Black Pepper
- Red Wine
- Blue Cheese
Despite this dessert trend, there are still some delectable Thanksgiving sweets that will blow your mind. Just listen to some of these: Upside-Down Apple Cake with Whiskey-Soaked Fruit, Cranberry Ice-Cream Pie, Peanut Butter Pie. There are plenty of more dessert recipes here. This year we have a very nice balance of tradition and innovation. It should be kept that way.
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