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PolAm style Thanksgiving?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
21 Nov 2010 #1
What does your PolAm family serve on Thanksgiving? Anything beyond the standard mainstream fare of turkey with sage dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie?
Eurola 4 | 1,906
21 Nov 2010 #2
I'd say so. I never found any kapusta and sausage items on the table on that day. However, years ago I was invited to my Italian friend's home for Thanksgiving and there was a variety of pasta dishes served with the roast turkey...Still, it was great.
beckski 12 | 1,617
21 Nov 2010 #3
pumpkin pie?

My family has a sweet tooth. We may also have sweet potato pie, cream puffs, red silk cake. In addition, PLENTY of red wine :)
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699
21 Nov 2010 #4
with sage dressing,

nope, mom always made it with apples. and walnuts and sausage, grandma did too
but we do have the turkey, sweet potatoes, baked beans <~love emm and those are
made with bacon and onion, and mashed potatoes, but I whip mine and I like to add
little garlic and butter and parsley and pepper/salt

a nice large salad, sometimes we have creamy cucumbers too, and definately cranberry
sauce. and gravy for taters and rolls and green bean caserole and cherry pie and apple
pie and oh yeah, we are having ham too cause my youngest doesnt really like turkey
so we kinda split up the leftovers between all of us so we can all eat it for few days.. lol

and I will prob make a nice sheet cake and or maybe making pistachio delight

that is made with cool whip and pistachio pudding and marshmallows and pineapple
and optional marchino cherries, you can make it low fat by buying the low fat cool
whip and eat the crap out of it cause its not really to bad.. lol

oh and my older daughter likes corn at almost every meal so i will prob have to make
corn ( again). lol

omg, I will be so tired after cooking all day I wont be able to make it to the table.. lol

I love when the house smells so good from all this food though. its nice to be around
family and sharing a nice dinner.

I went to the GFS and they had walnuts already mashed so I can add them to my
stuffing with out having to do all that extra work.. someone loves me.. lol
urszula 1 | 253
21 Nov 2010 #5
And the Poles get mad when they make shrimp pierogis in the US, while the American Thanksgiving Dinner gets polonized.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
21 Nov 2010 #6
you know, i was considering doing something this year for thanksgiving. do they sell whole turkies anywhere in wroclaw? i'd like to avoid the supermarkets for something like this but....do the supermarkets sell them? i've never seen whole turkies for sale in poland.
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
21 Nov 2010 #7
Hmm. There's that really high end supermarket nearish the train station - I don't know what it's called, but they might be able to sort you out with something.

You're right though, never seen a whole turkey here either.
1jola 14 | 1,879
21 Nov 2010 #8
i'd like to avoid the supermarkets for something like this but

Have you not been to the countryside yet? You will easily get a turkey, in fact, it will be your first turkey that is not factory farm raised. You might procure other real food while you are at it. Take a Polish friend with you so you don't get taken too much. Dress down. :)
convex 20 | 3,978
21 Nov 2010 #9
you know, i was considering doing something this year for thanksgiving. do they sell whole turkies anywhere in wroclaw? i'd like to avoid the supermarkets for something like this but....do the supermarkets sell them? i've never seen whole turkies for sale in poland.

Most of the butcher shops should be able to order a frozen turkey, last year we got ours at the tiny shop in Biskupin next to Chata Polska. Regarding the farms, I don't know of anywhere that raises turkey in the area.
1jola 14 | 1,879
21 Nov 2010 #10
Regarding the farms, I don't know of anywhere that raises turkey in the area.

I did not mean turkey farms. Individual farmers have ducks, geese, turkey, etc. That is why I suggested taking a Polish friend along to take care of this seemingly simple task. Wouldn't you like to taste turkey that doeas not smell of fish? But, perhaps you guys don't want to deal with PiS voters? Tell them it's for Purim. lol
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
21 Nov 2010 #11
1jola wrote:

Have you not been to the countryside yet?

sorry, but that's a strange correlation. have never seen a whole turkey for sale = never been to the countryside.

?

1jola wrote:

You will easily get a turkey, in fact, it will be your first turkey that is not factory farm raised...

1jola wrote:

You might procure other real food while you are at it.

OH.....i get it. sure, sure. american = only eats crap. right, right.

as a matter of fact, i used to hunt turkey in america and have eaten plenty of fresh turkies, fresher than Zbiszek's in "the countryside". i used to hunt in november and always wore shoes with buckles on them, a big black circular hat and my gun looked like a trumpet at the end....

1jola wrote:

Take a Polish friend with you so you don't get taken too much.

Not too worried about it. I speak Polish quite well and besides......pfffffff!.....I'm American. Money's no object to me. AAAHM REEEEEAAAAHHCH BEEEAAAAATCH!!!!
1jola 14 | 1,879
21 Nov 2010 #12
Just buy a chicken kebab as usual.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386
21 Nov 2010 #13
when it comes to turkey time in this house we just get turkey breasts, bunch them together and cook like a joint. the last turkey i bought didn't fit in the oven.
convex 20 | 3,978
21 Nov 2010 #14
I did not mean turkey farms. Individual farmers have ducks, geese, turkey, etc. That is why I suggested taking a Polish friend along to take care of this seemingly simple task. Wouldn't you like to taste turkey that doeas not smell of fish? But, perhaps you guys don't want to deal with PiS voters? Tell them it's for Purim. lol

I know that individual farmers have ducks, geese, turkey, etc. I know that. Do you not read posts before you comment on them? I buy my chicken, pork, beef, and lamb from two different farmers, I've posted it about it before. I just mentioned that I don't know of any farms from which to get turkey here in the area (where Fuzzy lives). I'm not sure how practical it is to try to hunt down a full grown turkey 3 days before you need it in your kitchen. Why even make a comment about political parties in a thread about Thanksgiving?
1jola 14 | 1,879
21 Nov 2010 #15
I just mentioned that I don't know of any farms from which to get turkey here in the area (where Fuzzy lives).

Fine. Someone else might though. It is easy enough to ask in a village who has turkies and will they sell you one. It's not that people put up signs "Get your turkey for Thanksgiving here." You boys would be very lean in communist times:

Anyway, let him ask at his local butcher shop.
ChrisPoland 2 | 123
21 Nov 2010 #16
Hi -

Regarding turkeys in Wrocław:

One year I asked at Epi market if they could order me a fresh, whole turkey. They did but it was a bit pricey. Another year (after we found "our" butcher) we asked our butcher to arrange a turkey for us. Just as good, half the price. Frozen turkeys are available at Carrefour for sure. This year we are not doing the whole bird either. It is just too much hassle and I don't really enjoy having my arm up to the elbow in bird.

Happy Thanksgiving

PS Sweet Potatoes are cheaper at Piotr & Paweł than at Epi :)
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
21 Nov 2010 #17
In the Detroit area many PolAm families also serve Kowlaski or Bożeks' sausage on Thanksgiving. .. BTW anyone heard of a clam stuffing for turkey? I think they do that in New England but have never sampled it myself.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699
21 Nov 2010 #18
BTW anyone heard of a clam stuffing for turkey?

I have heard of gizzard stuffing and potato stuffing, you use a grinder like for chopping
up meat like hamburger and you put the gizzards in and the potatos and flour and
onion and seasonings like sage and stuff.. dont know where this recipe originates
but I prefer the polish way with apples.. yep, moms was much tastier.
jonni 16 | 2,485
21 Nov 2010 #19
BTW anyone heard of a clam stuffing for turkey? I think they do that in New England but have never sampled it myself.

There's a mussel stuffing for chicken.

BTW what's corn pone stuffing? I know it's American, and remember eating it at someones house many years ago - tasted good!

I prefer the polish way with apples

That's a nice way too!
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
22 Nov 2010 #20
went searching for a turkey today.

finally stumbled upon ONE lone whole frozen turkey at EPI. 4.8 kilos, 96zl. It's only going to be for my wife and I so i said forget it. I'm not spending 100zl on a damn bird.

went with duck.
Varsovian 92 | 634
22 Nov 2010 #21
Yeah, let's celebrate the Red Indians (sorry, native Americans) for being the dumbest people on the planet and helping out the English colonists in their hour of need.

I have Sioux in the family (by marriage).
ChrisPoland 2 | 123
22 Nov 2010 #22
I think it is more of -no good deed goes unpunished.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
22 Nov 2010 #23
Varsovian wrote:

Yeah, let's celebrate the Red Indians (sorry, native Americans) for being the dumbest people on the planet and helping out the English colonists in their hour of need.

I have Sioux in the family (by marriage).

what a senseless comment. tell me what holidays you celebrate and I'm sure i could come up with something similar.
Havok 10 | 912
22 Nov 2010 #24
What does your PolAm family serve on Thanksgiving?

lots of vodka and drunk family members eating turkey and potato salad talking about good ol' days

Everyone argues about irrelevant stuff, then more vodka and singing.

To answer your question the main course is vodka and turkey.
Bolle 1 | 147
22 Nov 2010 #25
Yeah, let's celebrate the Red Indians (sorry, native Americans) for being the dumbest people on the planet and helping out the English colonists in their hour of need.

Dumb indians? What do you have to say about your country who decided to slaughter fellow human being senselessly (much like the nazis)??
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
22 Nov 2010 #26
went with duck.

How much did the duck set you back?
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
22 Nov 2010 #27
delph wrote:

How much did the duck set you back?

4 thighs = 50zl.

couldn't find a whole duck but just as well, thighs are my favorite part anyway. I'm looking forward to it.
beckski 12 | 1,617
22 Nov 2010 #28
you use a grinder like for chopping

My mom chops the liver into tiny bits and adds it to brown gravy, along with chopped mushrooms and onions.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699
23 Nov 2010 #29
oh, yeah, liver, all the extra parts minus the neck was thrown in ( no bones)

now for my moms her stuffing was made differently, but that other stuffing was
part of the potato stuffing, and I am pretty sure everything went in the grinder.

it was good, but not my favorite, I like the apples still . lol
can even add cherries, whatever fruit,, yeh, good stuff. mmmmmmmmmmmmm
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
3 Nov 2011 #30
Merged: Thanksgiving/Święto Dziękczynienia

In your experience, does that stereotypical 'big Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimings' differ in any way in Polish-American families from the mainstrteam menu? Or Polish-Canadian families (where Thanksgiving is celebrated in October) for that matter? In fact, is the mainstream Canadian Thanksgiving meal identical to the US one?


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