A Filipino Thanksgiving 2017 Menu Ideas

Longganisa Kesong Puti Pandesal Stuffing for Filipino Thanksgiving
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The celebration of Thanksgiving, given our colonial history, is a little hard to swallow and celebrate. This is because, like Philippine history, Thanksgiving is also a story of conquest. While subjugation is not my topic today, and I won’t go into specifics, readers probably know the Thanksgiving history and how the British landed (and survived) in the United States. Suffice it is to say that I recognize the plight of American Indians and their right to say that it is a day of national mourning and not celebration.

It is a bit funny too, in a weirdly satirical way, how we Filipinos are slowly adapting to this celebration. We’re always looking for a reason to celebrate. Like Halloween, and Mother’s Day, are both American traditions that are slowly entering the Filipino consciousness. I’m sure, in a few more years, we’d be celebrating Black Friday too! :P

More than 10 years ago, I used to work in a call center serving the United States continent and through all the centers I passed, one of the American traditions we celebrate is Thanksgiving. I had this American team leader who once invited us to his condo, and he cooked this really large turkey.  I remember thinking that it was bland, dry, and has this peculiar smell which we might sometimes call as “malansa”. I ate everything with gusto, of course. It’s Thanksgiving after all. :P

Already, the grocery store near me is stocking up on Turkey, weird, no? But I’m really not feeling the vibes with Turkey.

So, anyway, if you’re planning anything Thanksgiving this year, I prepared a laid-back Filipino feast menu so you can get an idea on what to prepare.

PS -Thanks for dropping by! I have an updated additional Filipino Thanksgiving menu ideas here:

Menu for Filipino Thanksgiving


Fried Chicken ala Max

fried chicken ala max recipe

Slow Cooked Hongkong Style Roast Pork Belly

A Filipino Thanksgiving 2017 Menu Ideas 1

Baked Lechon Belly Roll

Baked Lechon Belly Roll


Cheesy Loaded Potato Skins

Homemade Potato Skins - Relax lang Mom Filipino Food Blog and Recipes


Longanisa Pandesal Kesong Puti Stuffing

Longganisa Kesong Puti Pandesal Stuffing for Filipino Thanksgiving


Special Kinamatisang Bisugo Soup

A Filipino Thanksgiving 2017 Menu Ideas 2


Kalabasa Leche Flan  by Pinoy Recipe

A Filipino Thanksgiving 2017 Menu Ideas 3

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