The modern Thanksgiving meal often includes such seemingly traditional dishes as roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. But the first Thanksgiving dinner, held in November 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S., likely had a significantly different menu, according to the Smithsonian magazine. Here’s a look at what the pilgrims might have served at the first Thanksgiving.
1. ROAST TURKEY
The holiday originated as a meal between the pilgrims and the native Wampanoag tribe during the harvest celebration. Yes, roasted wild turkey was on the menu, but it was likely stuffed with onions, herbs and nuts, instead of a bread-based filling. Duck and goose meat were popular in that area in the 17th century and would have also been on the menu.
2. DEER MEAT
The Wampanoag tribe arrived for the meal with an offering of venison (deer meat), which was probably roasted on a spit during the Thanksgiving celebrations.
3. VARIOUS SEAFOOD
It's hard to imagine now, but there was probably quite a bit of seafood on the menu back then. The meal likely had lobster, clams, and mussels to go along with the other types of meat.