Article by Kylie Cyhn
Illustration by Jay Jao
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that gives you an excuse to eat as much as food as you want and not feel guilty about it. There are many traditional foods that people enjoy during Thanksgiving, such as the classic turkey, pies, mashed potatoes and such. Although ISM is an international school with many different cultures and backgrounds, many students still celebrate this holiday event. These are some favorite trusty family recipes of ISM students that can be easily made by those craving something delicious for Thanksgiving.
1. Pumpkin Custard Pie (recommended by Samna Osti)
- 1 34 cups of pumpkin puree
- 34 cup of white sugar
- 12teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 12teaspoon of ground ginger
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 12cup of milk
- 1(9 inch) unbaked pie crust
- Preheat oven to 400°F(200°C).
- In a saucepan, stir the pumpkin over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until slightly dry and caramelized.
- Remove from heat and add the sugar, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Mix well.
- Add the eggs, cream and milk. Mix until smooth; pour into pastry lined pie pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Allow to completely cool on rack before cutting it.
2. Cranberry Apple Pie (recommended by Donata Vidugiris)
- 6 apples
- 1(16 ounce) can of whole cranberry sauce
- 12cup of packed brown sugar
- 13cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 12teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 12teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
- Preheat oven to 350°F(175°C). Line a pie plate with pastry.
- Peel, core, and slice the apples.
- Combine apples and cranberry sauce in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg; add to the apple mixture. Mix thoroughly. Turn filling into the pastry line pan. Cover with top crust. Crimp edges. Cut slits in top crust.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling bubbly.
3. Cornbread (recipe from Rhia Mitsuki)
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of yellow cornmeal (white cornmeal can be used as well)
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 12teaspoon of salt
- 1 whole egg
- 1 cup of skim milk
- 14cup of canola oil
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Spray 9×9-inch baking pan with Baker’s Joy or grease and flour.
- In large bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add liquid ingredients and stir by hand just enough to mix; do not over-mix.
- Pour into a prepared pan.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until the top has lightly browned.
- Cut into nine 3-inch squares.
Most importantly, however, here is the recipe for an easy herb roasted turkey:
- 1(12 pound) whole turkey
- 34cup of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons of dried basil
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 12teaspoon of black pepper
- 2 cups of water
- Preheat oven to 325°F(165°C). Clean turkey(discard giblets and organs), and place in a roasting pan with a lid.
- In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt, and black pepper. Using a basting brush, apply the mixture to the outside of the uncooked turkey. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover.
- Bake for 3 to 3.5 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180°F(82°C). Remove bird from oven, and allow to stand for about 30 minutes before carving.