As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, it’s time to dust-off some tried and true recipes, and add a few new ones to the dinner menu. Being American-Armenian, we often mix-and-match our menu items to express our gratitude to our birth country and our ancestral home.
Here’s a list of recipes to use as a guide in planning this year’s mix-and-match Thanksgiving feast. My recipe for Cranberry-Orange-Pomegranate Relish follows.
Basic American Menu:
Roasted Turkey with Stuffing
Potatoes -white and/or sweet
Green Bean Casserole, Brussels Sprouts
Cranberry SaucePumpkin or Apple Pie
|Apple Pie for Thanksgiving|
Basic Armenian Menu:
Yield: about 3 cups
1-12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest and juice from 1 orange
½ cup water
½ cup 100% pomegranate juice
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
Garnish: 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, optional
Sort through cranberries; discard any that are soft. Rinse and drain.
|Preparing the relish|
Garnish with pomegranate arils, if desired.