Yesterday my friends and I hosted a late Thanksgiving for our host families and friends. None of us had ever been in charge of cooking a Thanksgiving meal before, so the day was full of fun, stress, and almost-disasters. We started our Thanksgiving prep the day before our Thanksgiving. Danes have very small ovens, so we decided to bake our apple pie the night before. This is where the first problem arose. We were using a pie crust recipe that originally required Crisco. Crisco is not something you can find in Denmark. So making the crust was a very stressful, butter-melting experience. We also had to convert everything from cups/tablespoons into grams, so none of our measurements were exactly right. Who knew there was so much math in baking! And I don’t know if Danish pie dishes are just bigger, but we did not have enough dough for a full pie crust! It turned out fine though, and the filling tasted amazing!
On the day of our Thanksgiving feast, we finished up the rest of our dishes. We made cornbread, roasted vegetables, a pecan/chocolate pie, cranberry relish, vats of mashed potatoes, stuffing, two chickens, and gravy. We also had friends that brought mac and cheese and green bean casserole. Overall, WAY too much food for the 12 of us. For our dinner, we had my roommate and me, our host parents (Michael and Lotte), our friend Annie, her host parents and three host siblings, and two of our other friends. We were really excited to share this tradition with our host families, although our host family has hosted many students before us and has been to many Thanksgivings, Annie is her host family’s first student, so it was also their first Thanksgiving! Stuffing, pecan pie, cornbread, and green bean casserole were all new to them, so it was exciting to see what they thought and hear about their own holiday traditions. We also added a Danish tradition to our Thanksgiving dinner-we went for a nice walk between dinner and dessert and looked at all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. This was such a nice, wholesome activity and really made room for dessert 🙂 I will definitely be bringing this tradition back to my family.
Overall, although hosting the Thanksgiving meal was stressful, it was worth it to hear my host mom say it had the best food out of all the Thanksgivings she’d been too and it was really fun to share this tradition with Annie’s host family.