Tuesday, November 20, 2007
An Organic American Thanksgiving?
I am making Thanksgiving supper this week for a few of our friends and American Thanksgiving has a few differences in menu than Canadian Thanksgiving.
For instance, there is something called Green Bean Casserole. Of course I want to create a meal that Stagg is used to...he has already told me that no one in America eats squash, brocoli, brussel sprouts for Thanksgiving. Oh okay.
Since I've never made an American version of Thanksgiving I started looking things up online...and guess what? I had always thought that Canandian Thanksgiving was something we just adopted from America. But...Martin Frobisher..yeah that guy down there...celebrated the first Thanksgiving with Native Canadians in 1578, 27 years before Pilgrims celbrated Thanksgiving in America.
Of course, this Green Bean Casserole is something I'm trying to re-create with organic products. It calls for canned mushroom soup, green beans, "french fried onions" (which I've never heard of) so I've been on the Googles looking for recipes. There is some ingredient that seems to be a packaged product of "onions" here is an ad from the 70's. Seriously, combined with the canned soup I am getting a gag going.
So...it seems I will be making some mushroom soup...or pick up a tin of organic mushroom soup from Whole Foods tomorrow... in order to get a thick texture? And then deep fry some onions. We have ordered a 20 lb. turkey from Whole Foods we pick up tomorrow eveing.
I really hope I don't ruin Thanksgiving!
This is still from a Campbell's commercial with a (Canadian?) beaver...
Here is what I've found seem to be French Fried Onions:
3 large onions, sliced into thin rings
2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour (I use gluten-free)
oil (for frying)
Soak the onions in the milk for 5 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large skillet or deep fryer.
Take a handful of onions and run them through the flour with a fork to coat.
Fry in batches in the oil, stirring as needed to brown evenly.
Drain on paper towels and season to taste.
Store in an air-tight container.