Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey; Dressing; and Lefse

I'd always assumed that the "turkey coma" after Thanksgiving dinner was caused by the turkey. Someone told me that it was the tryptophan in the turkey that did it, which sounded very scientific.

Then, I poked around a little on the Web, and read that L-tryptophan has to be taken on an empty stomach to make someone drowsy. Whatever else you can call the typical Loonfoot Falls stomach after Thanksgiving dinner, “empty” isn't even close.

The same place that wrote about L-tryptophan claimed that something other than turkey might explain that relaxed, if bloated, feeling we get. They could be right.

I did some checking around, and this would be a fairly typical main meal on Thanksgiving day:
  • Turkey
    • Cranberry sauce
    • Stuffing
    • Gravy
  • Lefse
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Baked potatoes
  • Dumplings
  • More Gravy
  • Buttered lefse
  • Corn on the cob
  • Peas and carrots
  • More turkey
    • And stuffing
    • And cranberry sauce
  • Gravy, again
  • Another helping of
    • Mashed potatoes
    • gravy
    • and dumplings
  • Buttered lefse with sugar and cinnamon
  • Another helping of turkey
    • Can't let the dressing go to waste
    • Cranberry sauce: you have to have cranberry sauce with turkey
  • More corn on the cob
  • And apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie
    • More likely, all three
Come to think of it, maybe it is all the food we eat.

Finally: in praise of lefse. It's the Norwegian version of potato flatbread: thin, flexible, pale with brown spots, and delicious by itself. Buttered, even better. Add sugar and cinnamon, it's a desert.

2 comments:

legbamel says: said...

There's a lefse factory in town and we have a special Thanksgiving deal with them, for straight-from-the-griddle deliveries the day before Turkey Day. It's super-fresh, soft and potato-ey, ready to be filled with mashed potatoes and gravy or stuffing and turkey or just buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for dessert. Mmmm, lefse!

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

legbamel,

A lefse factory! In town!

What a happy situation!

As you said, "super-fresh, soft and potato-ey, .... Mmmm, lefse!"

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