Dear gourmand reader,
Several of you have asked if we ate an unusual Thanksgiving dinner during the holiday. I’m afraid we might disappoint those who were hoping for a wild Alaskan feast. We did eat locally grown potatoes and vegetables, and we did throw some wild blueberries in our cranberry sauce. In past years we have cooked turkeys we raised ourselves, but this year it was store-bought. For the most part, we had a very traditional meal. (And thank you Christy for answering Sarah’s question about candied yams.)
But over the weekend I received an email from a friend whose Thanksgiving dinner is more in keeping with the wild reputation of Alaskans. Each year she and her husband gather with friends for a game feed. I first learned of their tradition when they contacted us to see if we might have some lynx meat to contribute to their annual feast. We did.
Lynx meat is actually quite good and as a mild, light meat falls into that cliche of “tastes like chicken.” Sam traded our friends some lynx meat for some of their delicious jerky.
This year, our friends did not have lynx on the menu. But here’s a peek at their Thanksgiving menu:
AppetizersMountain goat sticksCrackers with cream cheese and basil jellyBlack Bear sausagePickled salmonEntreesSnowshoe hare stewMusk ox roastBaked salmonCaribou stroganoffElk/Delta barley bake with garden herbsSidesSnap pea hot dishPickled kohlrabi/carrotsPickled beetsCranberry gelatin saladBlueberry muffinsDessertsZucchini dessert breadCarrot cakePumpkin (home-grown!) pieAnd rhubarb punch to drink.