Everybody getting ready for Thanksgiving?
Maybe not everyone, I can’t let myself forget that only a small portion of the world celebrates this holiday. You’d think it would be easier since I live in a country that, for the most part, is oblivious to the fact that millions of Americans will be stuffing their faces in a matter of days and wasting tons of money on giant balloons and parade floats in the name of celebrating…wait what are they celebrating?
Oh yeah, those guys in top hats who basically showed up and stole land from a bunch of native indians. Oops, did I just say that out loud? I meant those good ol’ pilgrims who sailed the flower boat and found that big rock. Yeah, uh huh, those guys. Man, I’ve never thought about it from this perspective. It seems pretty lame when you put it like that. Sorry, I actually do appreciate the heritage of my country of origin. The pilgrims were some amazing people to brave the unknown like they did and I’m sure they all meant well. I’m a bit too much of a realist sometimes.
And don’t get me wrong, I also still love turkey day because of what it means to me and my family. Which is, traditions, being together, and being thankful to God for our blessings no matter where we are geographically. Also, the past few years living in Chile, we’ve been sort of celebrating our own pilgrimage to this country every Thanksgiving. Seriously, after all the flights to get here from where we came from, you feel like you’ve been on the Mayflower for months. I love the holiday season, so much in fact, that even though I’m getting older I still get that excitement that is close to pain when I think of all my favorite things during the season! Okay, but moving on to the recipe before I say any more stupid things…
So these calzones, they’re like little thanksgiving-flavor bombs wrapped in cozy, bready blankets. So much to love! I threw in all kinds of ingredients that you’ll probably see listed and think “what?”. It’s all so amazing when you put it together you guys. My sister even said they were comparable to her love for cake because she couldn’t decide if she wanted dessert or more of these calzones. Based on how much I know she loves cake that is saying a lot.
I know everyone probably has their favorite thanksgiving table item. Maybe it’s the fluffy mashed potatoes, or the perfectly roasted turkey that your dad makes every year. For me, I was the weirdo kid who always went for the stuffing (or is it dressing? I always forget the difference but we call it stuffing). My mom used to make it every year and I’d probably be content with eating only that for Thanksgiving dinner. I think it comes down to all the flavors in it. I mean, those are all the flavors that combine one single flavor that instantly puts me in all of my favorite memories of the holidays. It’s borderline ridiculous how indescribably happy said flavor makes me and I’ve never understood how the majority of people skip the stuffing.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I was inspired by those flavors to make these calzones with as much of those flavors as I could. It’s kind of my way of taking them all and putting them into one package that most everyone actually enjoys.
And now I feel like I’ve rambled and babbled enough to sufficiently embarrass myself for this entire month so I’m gonna shut up now. I do hope you guys try these though. I think they’d be the perfect appetizer to serve on Thanksgiving, or at any holiday party for that matter. You can also make them bigger or smaller based on how you want to serve them. Make them full size and take them on the go for an easy lunch, yum!