This year’s Thanksgiving celebration saw us heading to the East Coast to spend quality time with my family in Wilmington, NC. I come from a very big family on both my mother’s side and my father’s side. This year we decided to split up the celebrations which meant three days of family, fun and so. much. food.
Of course we had a turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. This is the first time we’ve ever had a Deep Fried Turkey in lieu of oven roasted. My Brother-in-Law did a phenomenal job and I’m pretty much sold on the fact that Turkey should only be eaten deep fried.
On night two we had my Indian family over for a make-your-own pizza bar. We used Naan Bread (garlic and plain) as the crust and set out a myriad of toppings ranging from the standard pepperoni and cheese, to the veggie lovers dream (which works quite well for my family members who don’t eat meat).
Night three was a bit of a smorgasbord with burgers grilled to perfection by the hubs and steamed shrimp and oysters, once again masterfully provided by my Brother-in-Law. As Wilmington is a seaside town, we felt this was the perfect time to nab some fresh seafood to share with the rest of the family. We even managed to find a pearl or two.
Growing up in a mixed family as ours, we’ve never really had a 100% conventional holiday, but that’s one of the most fun things about my family. We love spending time together, with or without a holiday. This year, every evening after the food was consumed, we all gathered outside to play a little pool or relax by the fire to talk, laugh and enjoy the time together.
Do you have a roasted turkey kind of Thanksgiving or do you buck the trend with something outside the to-go box?