Mashed yams and Tim Tams?
November 21, 2010 9:11 PM Subscribe
"American Thanksgiving" in Melbourne, Australia -- for a few Americans and a bunch of new Aussie friends who have never celebrated, but want to help with the cooking. How should I use the next few days to prepare?
A few of the difficulties: I've never hosted Thanksgiving before, in ANY country. I'm not sure how to best coordinate the pot-luck aspect -- trying to shape a decent team-effort menu would be wise. I'm not even sure where the best place is to buy a turkey.
Bonus points for menu suggestions that add Aussie flair to the American holiday (let's put kangaroo in SOMETHING), or that go over-the-top American (who says we can't have turkey AND bacon cheeseburgers?).
posted by adamk to food & drink (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, so I'm hosting a Thanksgiving-themed eat-and-drink-like-kings get-together this coming Saturday in Melbourne.
I'm envisioning a low-key buffet experience where tons of great food is available at approximately the same time, but not a formal sit-down -- pretty sure I'm not ready for anything that ambitious. My expertise in entertaining is pretty much limited to throwing house parties.
Between housemates, friends and out-of-town guests (from the US) we could have around 15 people showing up. I'm not worried about making sure there is enough of everything for everyone to get a taste -- but everyone should be well-fed.
Lots of people have been asking me for advice on what I'd like them to bring, and I haven't given it much thought. I don't want to force a menu on people if they're the ones cooking, but I also don't want people to all do something easy such that we end up with 15 mashed potato variants. Perhaps the people who claim to be bad at cooking can just bring alcohol.
As for MY kitchen capabilities -- we have a fairly large barbeque out back, 4 gas burners and a medium-sized oven. I've never attempted traditional Thanksgiving fare before, but I'm a decent cook, so I figure that I can handle the turkey (umm, need to FIND one first), stuffing, something with potatoes and something with green veggies.
And perhaps appointing a barbie-master to make those aforementioned bacon cheeseburgers (WHY NOT?).
I'm sure this will all work out in the end, but any advice would be appreciated.