What ONE item does your immigrant family insist having at Thanksgiving dinner?
Let’s be real: Thanksgiving dinner in immigrant households are a whole different ballgame from the one at Bob and Sally’s. Outside of the pure chaos of your parents arguing in the kitchen, the random family members who you haven’t seen in years, and that one movie looping on TV, there are the unpredictable choices at the dinner table.
See, immigrants can’t just go with the typical fixings for Thanksgiving (think turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy). But let’s be real, is there even any spice in that stuffing, bro? We took to Instagram to ask our friends what is the ONE item that is always on their Thanksgiving dinner table regardless of how out of place it might be. Here’s what we found:
THE STRANGE-BUT-NOT-TOO-CRAZY DISHES:
“Lasanga” - @bjoshi23
“Chicken Nuggies” - @roycious
“Fried artichokes” - @muddyum
THE DAMN-IT-FEELS-GOOD-TO-BE-AN-IMMIGRANT DISHES:
“Kosha mangsho and cranberry sauce” - @bhashamukhs21
“Biryani” - @momithhossain
THE WHERE-THEY-DO-DAT-AT? DISHES:
“Turkey neck soup and baked ziti” - @paulainacio
“Chaklis!” - @superdiptiwrites
“Mango pie” - @jadon_vargoose
“Dahi vada with all the fixins” - @d.vafied
Though the dinner table may have meals that seem far off from the typical Thanksgiving feast, nothing beats a tray of your familial staple meal no matter how atypical it may be. Enjoy that unconventional feast with loved ones this year on Thanksgiving Day and keeping wearing that mask!