If you wonder about whether turkey is served on a cruise ship on Thanksgiving even though the vessel flies a foreign flag the answer is yes it does and Holland America Lines is proving it tomorrow when its fleet of 13 ships serve a feast from Chef Rudi Sodamin with turkey and all the trimmings. According to a press release today Nov. 25, “Sodamin created the menu with his own traditions in mind, having grown up in a large family in Austria where holiday meals were meaningful. After moving New York to work at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, he learned about Thanksgiving and all of the menu staples that come with it.” “Creating a spectacular Thanksgiving menu for my own family, and for every Holland American Line guest, is a project close to my heart,” said Sodamin. “Our guests chose to share this special holiday with us on board, and I want to be sure that they have a memorable meal with classic favorites, as well as dishes with some modern twists.”
Unlike most of us who may have a little help in the kitchen Holland America’s galley consists of a culinary team of thousands of expert chefs who will prepare flavorful feasts that will be served in the main dining rooms tomorrow. A sample menu might be ambrosia fruit; Pilgrim’s meat terrine with a Waldorf salad, dilled shrimp and mandarin-orange-cranberry chutney; or a shrimp cocktail. For starters there is a spiced pumpkin soup, sweet corn soup, carrot vichyssoise or bib lettuce salad with red beets. The roasted turkey centerpiece of the meal will be served with apple and sausage stuffing, giblet gravy, bourbon-infused candied sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, glazed dilled carrots and turnips, and cranberry orange relish. Of course there are other choices for passengers such as brown sugar-glazed salmon, honey-baked ham, beef tenderloin “Oscar” or pumpkin ravioli with Champagne Parmigiano-Reggiano cream.
No Thanksgiving dinner or any meal on a cruise ship for that matter is complete without sweets and passengers on HAL ships won’t be disappointed. Chefs will serving five special options that include classic pumpkin pie, apple pie à la mode, chocolate pecan pie, pumpkin tart and a Thanksgiving sundae with apple cider-spiced peaches and walnut brittle crisp. Are you getting hungry yet? “Thanksgiving is a cherished time to celebrate the blessings of the season with family and friends,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Holidays allow our talented chefs to wow our guests with exceptional menus, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone on board.”
To help diners digest HAL has created the perfect drinks to complement the menu. The Midnight Pumpkin includes tequila, Cointreau and pumpkin purée, while the Purple Haze is made with vodka, Chambord and lime juice. After dinner, guests can complement their celebration with a Pumpkin Pie cocktail made with Baileys, Kahlua and pumpkin purée. If you just happen to be on board one of HAL’s ship, bon appetite and Happy Thanksgiving.
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