Toomorrow night I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. It's my favorite time of the year because not only do we share delicious foods, but because the bond of family gives the holiday this magical element.
When I see my family every year for Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how very lucky I am to have them.
A Puerto Rican Thanksgiving is a little bit different from your 'traditional' Thanksgiving. The foods we have placed on the dinner table is a bit different, but represents a lot of the traditional foods of Puerto Rico.
Check out what we'll be having for Thanksgiving this year:
Along with turkey and ham, we he have penil -- which is a roasted pork shoulder. Yes it's a lot of meat! I definitely favor pernil over turkey and ham, and that's the meat I will be tendind to for most of my Thanksgiving!
They are similar to tamales, but pasteles are a combination of grated green unripe bananas. And the filling is made up of pork, ham, or chicken, along with garbanzos, olives, and cappers. This is eaten all year long, but we make sure we have a hefty supply of the stuff for Thanksgiving! My
Arroz con gandules
Thanksgiving dinner won't be complete with arroz con gandules. I am not a huge fan of rice, but there's something about the way my family makes this rice, that makes you want to eat THE WHOLE POT. It's yellow rice with pigeon peas. It's a simple side dish, but it is what really makes a Puerto Rican dinner a Puerto Rican dinner!
Of course we have to have dessert after the endless list of food. We might have the regular Thanksgiving desserts like apple pie, but flan has to be on that table. If you like cheesecake, you'll like flan.
Ahhh coquito. It's a Puerto Rican style "egg nog." It's made with coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and rum -- lots of rum. It's so freaking good it's unbelievable. And it'll knock you over on your ass. ;)