Recipes to Recreate the “FIRST” Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it might be a nice gesture to save you some time in planning that perfect feast.  While researching top recipes to try this Thanksgiving, we ended up with a great article about what was served on the first Thanksgiving.  To our surprise, it was not all about Turkey!  In fact, the idea of serving Turkey as the showcase of the festivities didn’t come to the table until 400 years later.

A story within History.com focused on Plymouth Colony where the first feast was known to take place.  Its Governor, William Bradford, documented the day.

“…. “there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc.” Wild—but not domestic—turkey was indeed plentiful in the region and a common food source for both English settlers and Native Americans. But it is just as likely that the fowling party returned with other birds we know the colonists regularly consumed, such as ducks, geese, and swans. Instead of bread-based stuffing, herbs, onions, or nuts might have been added to the birds for extra flavor.”

Upon further research, we dove into an excellent article posted on Outdoor Life re:Eight Wild Recipes to Recreate the first Thanksgiving.”

The lead-in noted: “The original Thanksgiving feast was more about wild game than mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.”

If you are like anyone in our family who loves to hunt throughout Montana, this was all good news to us!

Reading on, we found that their synopsis re: “That sounds a little more like deer camp than grandma’s house,” enlightened us enough to share some of their recipes with you.  Throughout the story the author explained that although Turkey is certainly considered a fowl food, ducks and geese were much easier to attain and cook over a hot fire.  As was fish. Sounds like life remains the same in the 21st Century!

So here you go.  If you have the desire to recreate the first Thanksgiving dinner with many of the same proteins, dive into these recipes this holiday season.  By the way, there’s also a link to a great recipe for that Wild Turkey that may have taken you a few hours or days to bring home!

Flaky Cheese and Pepper Dove Rolls

Orange Glazed Duck and Wild Rice Stuffing

Linguini with Salmon Cream Sauce

Smoked Wild Turkey with Highbush Cranberry Gravy

And for dessert?   The original settlers didn’t have flour so their pies were baked custards.  Yummy recipe follows:  Original Pumpkin Pie

From all of us we wish you a healthy and memorable holiday season to come!

Bon Appetit!