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Every November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing a delicious dinner with family and friends. Although turkey and mashed potatoes are traditionally served in our country nowadays, the food eaten at the first feast by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag natives was far different 400 years ago.
Venison was served at the first Thanksgiving, and it was plentiful. According to historians, the Wampanoag guests brought five freshly killed deer. They speculate that each deer was roasted on a spit over a fire.
Turkey was available, but it was not commonly eaten for Thanksgiving until after 1800. Ducks, geese, mallards, and swans were the waterfowl that were served instead.
Situated where the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay meet, Plymouth has a bounty of seafood. Dishes made from fish and shellfish were the most common on the first Thanksgiving table.
The research found that clams, crabs, fish, lobster, and mussels were probably served. These tasty items can be found on The Crab Shack menu, and it will make your Thanksgiving much easier if you order from us.
Vegetables were also prominently featured at the first Thanksgiving. The natives and Pilgrims likely enjoyed dining on beans, cabbage, carrots, corn, lettuce, onions, and peas. Whole corn is available at The Crab Shack, and many people look forward to having some at their Thanksgiving meal.
Fruit native to Massachusetts, including blueberries, cranberries, grapes, gooseberries, plums, and raspberries, were probably served for dessert during the first feast in November 1621. Although we now expect cranberry sauce to be served with turkey, it was not on the menu because sugar was extremely scarce.
Seeking Super Seafood?
Lovers of super seafood, including fat, juicy crab, don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy wonderful deliciousness all year round at the two locations below!
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.