Friday Favourites: Caribbean Thanksgiving

Here are my favourite menu ideas for a Caribbean Thanksgiving that will make you feel as if you’re back home in the islands.

 

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I know that preparations are already in high gear. As such, I couldn’t help thinking about my Jamaican relatives and other West Indian friends in the States, and how they could put a Caribbean spin on the celebration. If you want to add some island flavour to your Thanksgiving this year, here are a few menu ideas.

Friday Favourites: Caribbean Thanksgiving

1. Jerk Chicken Kebabs

Back in those days when I used to eat meat, on some weekends, my friends and I would go to a certain spot on a street in Kingston to buy jerk chicken or pork from the sidewalk jerk vendors. We would wait, shifting from one foot to the other, as our chosen vendor prepared the food, the spices from his pan making our stomachs rumble and our mouths water. The foil wrapper, steam rising from the meat inside it, would hardly be in our hands, before we were devouring the food.

Yes, Jamaicans love jerk dishes. So, these jerk chicken kebabs are a good choice for an appetizer. I bet they would hit the sweet spot at your gathering.

Here are my favourite menu ideas for a Caribbean Thanksgiving that will make you feel as if you're back home in the islands.

Suggested Recipe: Jerk Chicken Kebabs

2. Turkey with Jerk Season and Beer

Need I say more about Jamaicans’ love for jerk dishes? Get a load of this Deep Fried Turkey with Jerk Seasoning and Beer (Red Stripe, I guess)! The bird won’t be the only thing that’s stuffed.

Here are my favourite menu ideas for a Caribbean Thanksgiving that will make you feel as if you're back home in the islands.

Photo by A Jamaica Experience

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3. Vegan Meatloaf with Chickpeas & Lentils

Don’t forget your vegan guests. You’ll win them over, first, by thinking of them, and then, by serving them Jessica in the Kitchen’s Vegan Meatloaf with Chickpeas and Lentils. It’s gluten-free and chock-full of nutritional goodness. Jessica’s teenaged brother loved it, so I have no doubt that the young vegans at your table will give it the thumbs-up. Trust me, I would “wax it off”.

Here are my favourite menu ideas for a Caribbean Thanksgiving that will make you feel as if you're back home in the islands.

Photo by Jessica In The Kitchen

4. Garden Salad

Combine your favourite veggies to make a tossed salad that reflects the vibrancy of the islands.

Suggested Recipe: Easy Garden Salad

5. Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie or pudding? It’s up to you. The latter is a Jamaican favourite. However, either one will have your guests begging for more.

Suggested Recipe: Jamaican Sweet Potato Pie

6. Holiday Mocktail

How about skipping the alcohol and making a mocktail? Use your favourite fruits to concoct a drink that’s healthy, yet screams ‘holiday’. Cheers!

Here are my favourite menu ideas for a Caribbean Thanksgiving that will make you feel as if you're back home in the islands.

Photo by Brooke Lark

Suggested Recipe: Festive Cranberry Fizz

 

Did you like these Caribbean Thanksgiving ideas? I love to hear from readers. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Leslie
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Hi Nadine! As you can probably tell, I am getting caught up on some blog-reading, today. These menu ideas look refreshing, but I’m curious about the sweet potato pudding. Is it like pie but without the crust? Does it have an extra-creamy texture or walnuts or pecans? I’m usually so eager to drink wine at holiday gatherings but a seasonal “Mocktail” looks like a beverage that’s fun for everyone in attendance!

Nadine
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Nadine

Thanks, Leslie!

Jamaican sweet potato pudding has a soft, moist texture on top. It doesn’t have a crust, like a pie, and is heavier and thicker, compared to a cake. No nuts, either.

Here’s an example: https://cooklikeajamaican.com/new-recipe-sweet-potato-pudding/

I’m not much of a drinker but I do love my red wine. Rum cream, too. 😉