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Every year I get asked, “What are you having for Thanksgiving?”. Everyone lists all the common American dishes that they typically eat every year, many of which are unfamiliar to me. I never even knew what stuffing was until this year. As I grew up in a Mexican household, I never ate traditional American foods for holidays like turkey/glazed ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or yams. Honoring our Mexican heritage is very important to my family, and we don’t follow the norm of eating Americanized food when we’re with each other.
For this year’s Thanksgiving, my family had pozole as our main dish with flan for dessert. Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup with hominy (dried corn kernels), pork, and various chiles (hot peppers). The soup is very rich in flavor, but does have a spicy kick to it. In my family, we top our pozole off with chopped cabbage, diced cabbage, and if you are like my parents, a lot of onion as well. My mom also makes a delicious sauce on the side to eat with chips, but it is eaten with caution because it is very spicy. Once we finished our main course, we ate flan. Flan is a type of custard made with eggs, sweetened condensed milk, heavy whipping cream, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. It also has a smooth top layer of caramel.
Our night usually ends off with a few rounds of Loteria. Loteria is the Mexican version of bingo. Instead of numbers being called, we call out the words that go along with the picture. To make it a bit more exciting, we play for money. We bet twenty-five cents for the first few rounds, but once it gets intense (or family members are getting ready to leave) we start betting a dollar. Now that’s when it gets really exciting! Unfortunately, I did not win the dollar bets this year, but I still had an amazing time with my family.
How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!