Wyoming November 23, 2017
8 Odd But Lip-Smacking Good Dishes That Are Wyoming Thanksgiving Traditions
Although the basic Thanksgiving menu is pretty much set in stone, many people have a favorite dish that doesn’t necessarily fit the holiday mold. Here in Wyoming, we’re no exception.
Based on polls, Internet recipe searches, and interviews, there are a few outside-the-box but delicious dishes that traditionally make an appearance on Thanksgiving tables in the Cowboy State year after year. See if you don’t recognize more than one of these that may be considered unconventional anywhere but in Wyoming.
Boiled or grilled, lobster is a favorite Thanksgiving food for many in Wyoming. It doesn't necessarily take the place of the turkey, but it's a delicious addition to the more traditional fare. The thing is, lobster was one of the foods reportedly served at the very first Thanksgiving, so this could be considered Wyoming's way of being so non-traditional that it's ultra-traditional.
2. Pork Chops
Everyone in Wyoming might not opt for turkey, but they do enjoy the other white meat. Pork chops go well with all the other common Thanksgiving foods such as dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and even green bean casserole, though Wyomingites tend to steer clear of
that particular tradition.
3. Frog Eye Salad
No one we know actually uses real frogs eyes. Instead, this Cowboy State favorite is made with acini de pepe pasta, eggs, and whipped cream. Everyone has their own take on the recipe, though, so sometimes it might include pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and/or coconut. Also, a few mavericks like to use tapioca instead of the pasta for the amphibian eyeball effect.
4. Elk Tenderloin
In Wyoming, if you don't hunt, you certainly know at least 10 people who do. While you could go out and bag your own turkey (or have someone do it for you), elk is a staple meat here. That's why you'll find it on many holiday tables in homes as well as on holiday menus in restaurants.
5. Rocky Mountain Oyster Dressing
Just your basic cornbread dressing recipe - only those chewy bits aren't oysters from the sea.
As good as we are at barbecue in Wyoming, you
know we have the best coleslaw recipes on the planet. That's why it plays a supporting role as a vegetable/side dish on Thanksgiving tables here.
7. Sopapilla Cheesecake
Sure, there's always a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but in Wyoming, we like to have some alternative choices. Many times, cheesecake is the other option, but in keeping with the outside-the-box thinking, we favor sopapilla cheesecake. It's creamy, sweet, and spicy, and since refrigerated crescent roll dough is used for the crust, it's quick and easy to make.
8. Pumpkin Whoopee Pies
Other states may have fallen in love with whoopee pies before Wyoming did, but what's not to love? Pumpkin-y, spicy cakes with lip-smacking creamy filling? You may not have saved room for pumpkin pie, but there's always room for a whoopee pie.
What non-traditional food is a tradition at your house?