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Everyone can enjoy this traditional Mexican Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner recipe of Turkey in Mole Sauce (Mole Poblano de Guajolote) dinner.
Mexican Americans and others have put their own gastronomical twist on Thanksgiving meals. Those recipes are the ones I hope to share with you here. These are not “tradition,” nor are they found at all Thanksgiving celebrations, which include Latin American foods, but they are the foods many consider a Thanksgiving meal in the Southwest.
Foods such as this Turkey in Mole Sauce, posole (hominy), Mexican Tripe Soup (Menudo), Enchiladas, Tamales, different varieties of potatoes, Beans, an array of salads, along with other foods, both traditional (to Americans) and not so traditional.
This Turkey in Mole Sauce recipe, comments, and photos are courtesy of Cynthia Detterick-Pineda of Andrews, TX.
History: The traditions of Thanksgiving and Christmas were transplanted into the Mexican culture. Most of us know the American tradition of Thanksgiving, and the story of how the Indians and settlers at Plymouth Rock shared a meal and festivities. Did you know that the meal they shared was nothing like the meals we consider a Thanksgiving Dinner now? The meal was probably more like what the Indians across the Americas ate for years, mainly wild meats, whatever vegetables were in season, and no pumpkin pie. It is hard to imagine Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, but the use of sugar in cooking was rare, especially for the settlers at Plymouth who had only the supply of sugar brought over on the boat.
On November 1, 1872, state of New Hampshire passed a proclamation to make the 28th of November officially Thanksgiving. Over time, Thanksgiving began to be celebrated the third Thursday in November instead of a set day. But whichever day Thanksgiving falls on, it has become a cross cultural celebration with the foods of many different nations being fused into the meal. It has become even more of what the settlers at Plymouth and the Indians had made it then, a celebration of peace among people from different cultures and origins. It was only natural that other countries would take this idea of a celebration and feasting to give thanks and integrate it into their own holidays. Mexico is no exception to that.
Turkey in Mole Sauce Recipe – Mole Poblano de Guajolote: