Gut Check Shares Thanksgiving Family Recipes

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From us, to you. | Mabel Suen

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. It's officially crunch time. Here at Gut Check, each of our families have different Turkey Day traditions and recipes that we love. One of the worst best parts of the holiday is spending time with family, and the food really does bring us together. Check out four of our favorite family Thanksgiving recipes after the jump.

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Chiffon Cake

Okay, so cake for Thanksgiving dessert isn't exactly traditional, but neither is my family. Thanksgiving to me is a great, big pot luck not unlike our other crowded get-togethers. Older generations prepare silver trays full of heaping Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, but one day a year, there just so happens to also be a roasted turkey present! Homemade fried egg rolls repose on styrofoam plates next to my corn, and I have to be careful to not accidentally get chow mein and fish sauce in my mashed potatoes.

Growing up, I was always told that the family's elder members simply do not care much for hyper-sugary treats, and now I attribute it to the fact that they lacked overly processed corn syrup infused foods in their diets growing up outside of America. Over the past couple of years, I started bringing a simple chiffon cake iced in barely sweetened fresh whipped cream to the dessert table, and there are never leftovers. Looking for a recipe? Try Alton Brown's.

To counter the cake's lack of seasonality and relevance to the typical holiday fare, I also made Smitten Kitchen's apple mosaic tart with salted caramel last year. The tart apples and salty caramel provided the necessary counterbalance to not overwhelm the Wilford Brimleys of the bunch.

-- Mabel Suen

Next: sweet potatoes.



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