I'm holding a can of my mother's finest homemade sauerkraut. It's crisp, sour and savory, and do you know what it reminds me of?
It wasn't until I spent my first November in Utah (it was 2004) that I was informed how unusual it was to eat sauerkraut with anything other than Polish sausage or a Reuben.
The Utahns didn't understand my side dish, but at least my boyfriend's family one year allowed it on the table.
I was the only one who ate it. I told them it was a Perry Hall thing.
I like my sauerkraut nestled between the turkey and the mashed potatoes and covered in gravy. It's also great as more of a standalone dish when my grandmother makes it Czechoslovakian-style with a floury rue and caraway seeds.
I crave it. It's absolute comfort food.
If your family is also enjoying sauerkraut this holiday, please let me know in the comments—then I won't feel so alone.
But I'd also love to hear about the unique dishes that make your Thanksgiving special. Tell me about them and feel free to share your recipes in the comments as well.