Newspapers frequently publish recipes, including old favorites, winners of competitions, or new twists on classic meals. In Chronicling America you can find plenty of traditional, or not so traditional, recipes for this coming holiday. Take a look at some of these old recipes from our online newspapers. Are you brave enough to try them this Thanksgiving?
Have you tried mince meat? While this meat and fruit concoction may not have shown up around your Thanksgiving table, it used to be a regular dish around the table in the early 1900s.
The traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table can be prepared in many ways. Here is one take on how to prepare your bird from 1915.
Before the vegetarian lifestyle became popular, in the early 1900s many people had their Thanksgiving meals without turkey because of the high cost of meat. Take a look at this vegetarian menu and recipe for a “Vegetable Turkey.”
Another classic for the table is a nice cranberry sauce, or in this case, cranberry jelly. How are you preparing your cranberry this year?
Or if you are looking for an alternative way to prepare your cranberries, consider this delightful gelatin salad that can be served on lettuce with mayo.
Everything is better with more butter, right? This pudding with raisins might be just the right dish for you.
If you are tired of the same pumpkin pie every year, find recipes for cherry pudding, plum pudding, marshmallow cake, and several other dishes in this special section from the Mexico Weekly Ledger (Mexico, Mo.) from 1913.
If pie is what you want though, here are recipes for pumpkin pecan pie, apple cherry pie, orange cream pie, and more.
Oyster stuffing, roast duck, and many other recipes that actually do sound appealing to me can be found from this Kansas newspaper.
To round out your meal, take a look at Hawaiian fruit pie, filled Christmas cookies, or one of the other delicious looking recipes in this helpful roundup.
And as a bonus, have you ever wondered the best way to plate kidneys and peas, or boiled tongue? Take a look at these “Appetizing Ways of Serving Winter Foods” for your upcoming meals.
Have you been to a Thanksgiving meal with a menu item that you can’t forget? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!