How They Celebrate in Puerto Rico:
Much of the holiday is spent the same way as it is back home. Most businesses are closed; the family gets together; there is a ridiculous amount of food; and people go shopping afterwards.
So what's the difference? The answer is what's for dinner. Puerto Ricans have a feast all their own. Here's what's on the menu:
- Guineos en escabeche: boiled bananas in garlic sauce(combining plantains and bananas with savory flavors is a common Puerto Rican culinary practice.
- Tostones, another plantain-based starter that tastes wholly different from the above.
- Fried plaintain chips served with a garlic mojo dipping sauce: yup, yet another plantain dish. Told you they were popular!
What's Thanksgiving without dessert? Instead of pumpkin pie, Puerto Ricans typically finish off their meal with tembleque, a kind of cinammon-coated coconut custard. Another favorite is dulce de leche, a custard made from caramelized milk.
- A Pavochón recipe from our resident About.com expert on Caribbean food, Hector Rodriguez, who adds an Arroz con Gandules recipe for your side. He also has a great recipe for pasteles, another holiday tradition.
- Another Pavochón recipe from The 'Rican Chef, who adds a classic mofongo stuffing to make it truly boricua.
- A recipe for Tembleque from Hector Rodgriguez, your Latin and Caribbean food guide, to wrap things up.