Cornbread is a staple on most Thanksgiving tables and for good reason. It literally defines the holiday. Cornbread is rooted, pun intended, to the crops of Native Americans who grounded maize and mixed it with water and salt. It was quickly embraced by European settlers and referred to as “Indian meal”. Today we dress it up with a myriad of ingredients: jalapeno peppers, corn kernels, onion, and herbs and spices. In its truest form, it is still a fairly basic recipe.
Is it an appetizer or an Hors-d’oeuvre? That depends are how you are serving them. Appetizers represent the first course eaten when seated at the table. Hors-d’oeuvres literally translates to “outside of the work” and are bite-sized finger foods offered at parties and receptions served with cocktails. Either way, these delicious sweet potato rounds are just about perfect for Thanksgiving. Do all the prep ahead of time and place them under the broiler for 3 minutes right before serving. Easy!
I might be reaching a bit when I say that Baked Feta, a classic Greek dish, makes the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Stay with me for a minute. Growing up on every holiday table my mother always had a charcuterie board that included cherry tomatoes, olives, cheeses, and crudities. Now look at baked feta it offers cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese, and other crudités. Hence, a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!
How to eat cake: A cream-cake and anything of similar nature would be eaten with knife and fork, never bitten. All dessert utensils are placed at the top of your place setting and should not be used for anything else. Using your fork, gently cut the cake being very careful not to clatter your fork upon your plate, but use it without any noise. 😜
~ Actual excerpt from the original White House Cookbook from 1894.
HOW TO EAT SOUP: “Soup is always served for the first course, and it should be eaten with dessert spoons, and taken from the sides, not the tips, of them, without any sound of the lips, and not sucked into the mouth audibly from the ends of the spoon. Bread should not be broken into soup or gravy. Never ask to be helped to soup a second time. the hostess may ask you to take a second plate, but you will politely decline.” 😉
~ Actual excerpt from the original White House Cookbook from 1894