Thanksgiving is not a holiday or a festival that is widely celebrated in our area of the Philippines. However, Filipinos with Americans in their family and Filipino-Americans, who spent years in the States, celebrate Thanksgiving.
The first three Thanksgivings we have lived in the Bacolod Area, we always bought a Butterball Turkey or a Norbest Turkey and had it prepared in the Filipino style, lechon turkey. The turkey was stuffed with lemongrass, other herbs and spices, placed on a bamboo pole and roasted over hot coals. Wow! Crispy skin, while tender and juicy on the inside.
This year, we decided to go with something a little different. Recently, I saw four imported hams from America for sale at SM Supermarket. Virginia American Tenderized Ham. It has been more than 12 years since I had an American ham, still intact on the bone. We bought the ham to have for our Thanksgiving Celebration on November 22, 2012.
This Virginia Ham was 2.4 kilos, which is a 5 pound ham.
The ham was precooked and we baked it about 90 minutes in the oven. The pineapple rings were added about half way through the baking process. My wife made a ham sauce to my taste, which is pineapple juice, brown sugar and Heinz yellow mustard.
Sweet corn on the cob and camote, sweet potatoes, are common Filipino snack foods everyday, so I raised a few eyebrows having them both for the Thanksgiving meal but these are two foods which were always staples at our home for Thanksgiving, when I was growing up. Sweet potatoes and corn are Thanksgiving foods!
We did have Bird, too, for Thanksgiving.
We had a few Filipino friends over to share our Thanksgiving Celebration for a wonderful evening meal. Everyone enjoyed the Virginia Ham!
This was our 4th Thanksgiving Celebration in the Bacolod Area and every year, we have more and more to be thankful for. We are all healthy and blessed. My family and I are enjoying our lives everyday in Bacolod.