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Garlic Parmesan Roaties

Garlic Parmesan Roasties

From chips to jackets or mash to deliciously golden crispy roasties, potatoes are a versatile staple food in many households. Roast potatoes are certainly a favourite in our home especially since we started making these garlic parmesan roasties.  When these are on the menu we know our kids will be stuffing their faces!   As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. A couple of weeks ago we opened Sunday roast season at chez Wink. It was a miserable grey and rainy day and a comforting roast lunch was just what we all needed. It was the first time we had tried these garlic Parmesan roasties and they really went down a storm. Dani and I almost didn’t get a look in as both Evan and Jamie went for seconds and thirds! And, those of you who follow our blog regularly will know just how much of a fussy eater Jamie is! Get his seal of approval and you know you are on to a winner. These garlic Parmesan roasties are perfect for any occasion.  From cosy family lunches to extravagant Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter dinners   With their crispy exterior and fluffy insides, rich garlicky and nutty cheesy taste, we guarantee that these will also become a firm favourite at your house!! Whatever the occasion, we hope you enjoy these delicious garlic Parmesan roasties. If you are making them as part of your Thanksgiving or Christmas menus, be sure to check out our guide to perfect turkey.  Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Roast Turkey: The Star Of The Thanksgiving and Christmas Show

This month, millions of Americans are preparing for one of their most popular holidays – Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a holiday rich in history and tradition. In this blog series, we explore the origins of Thanksgiving and its traditions. We will also provide you with delicious recipes which are perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations. In this first instalment, we concentrate on roast turkey: the star of the Thanksgiving and Christmas show. Let’s get cracking! The History of Thanksgiving People in the United States and Canada observe Thanksgiving as a holiday. We often trace the celebrations, as we now know them, back to the Pilgrims’ harvest feast in 1621. However, even before the arrival of European settlers, indigenous people would celebrate and give thanks for their bountiful harvests. Indigenous Celebrations Many indigenous groups closely associated these harvest festivals with their spiritual beliefs. They viewed the earth as life-giving and believed giving thanks maintained natural balance and harmony. Celebrations involved dance, music, feasting, and giving thanks to spirits influencing land fertility. These rituals often involved the entire community, reinforcing a sense of unity and gratitude among its members. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. The Arrival of the Pilgrims Whilst Thanksgiving rituals were widespread among indigenous people in America, the Pilgrim story dominates common Thanksgiving imagery. The Pilgrims were a group of English Separatists who sought religious freedom.  Upon arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower in 1620, they encountered harsh conditions and a challenging winter. Many of them fell ill, and nearly half of the original group did not survive. The surviving Pilgrims struggled to find food and shelter. It was during these challenging times that the Pilgrims formed a crucial alliance with the Wampanoag  people. The Wampanoag taught the Pilgrims essential survival skills, including how to cultivate native crops like maize (corn) and squash. In November 1621, following a successful harvest, the Pilgrims, together with the Wampanoag, celebrated with a three-day feast.  This event is considered the first celebration of Thanksgiving as it is now known. A Celebration of Survival and Friendship The first Thanksgiving was more than just a feast; it was a symbol of survival and gratitude. It also illustrates how people from different backgrounds can come together in the spirit of thanksgiving. It is this spirit of thanksgiving which is still celebrated today. Thanksgiving Traditions Today, Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to come together to express gratitude and share a hearty meal.  Your typical Thanksgiving meal usually consists of roast turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie which families and friends enjoy whilst watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It is also common for touch football games to be played on the day in order to burn off some of the calories from the delicious feast to come!  And of course, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without an actual expression of gratitude.  Many family traditions therefore involve the sharing of things that you are thankful for. Where Is Thanksgiving Celebrated? Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated in the United States where celebrations take place on the fourth Thursday of November.  However, Thanksgiving has not always been a holiday and it was not until 1863, whilst in the midst of the Civil War, when President Lincoln signed  a proclamation now known as “A National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise”  Since this day, Thanksgiving celebrations have been held every final Thursday in November (other than when President Roosevelt, in an attempt to increase sales during the Great Depression, brought the date forward by a week.  This move was hugely unpopular and in 1941 the president officially declared Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November.) Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving although this takes place in October and tends to be a much more lowkey event than celebrations in the US. The first Canadian Thanksgiving is said to have taken place as a celebration of the safe arrival of the English explorer Martin Frobisher to what is now Newfoundland in 1578. Thanksgiving celebrations were then held as a means to thank God for keeping explorers safe as they travelled to the New World. Over time, the tradition evolved as a way to express thanks for a bountiful Fall harvest.  Today, Thanksgiving in Canada takes place on the second Monday in October however, employers are not required to give workers the day off. Instead, families and friends usually gather on the Sunday before to celebrate the holiday.  The Thanksgiving Meal The star of any Thanksgiving meal is of course the roast turkey however, turkey as a key part of the Thanksgiving celebrations does not appear until the 1800s with turkey being the centrepiece in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  When the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag held their three day celebration, the Wampanoag brought deer and the Pilgrims provided wild fowl.  Whilst of course this could have included turkeys, historians believe it is far more likely that the meal originally involved duck or goose. Enough history, it’s finally time to turn our attention to the food itself.  This recipe, which serves 8-10, will provide you with a perfectly juicy turkey that the whole family will adore.   You will need to roast your turkey for about 20 minutes per kilo plus another 90 minutes for birds over 4kg. So for our 5kg turkey, we will be cooking for around 3.5 hours. Stay Tuned For More Of course, turkey is just one of the components of a delicious Thanksgiving (or Christmas) meal.  For the meal to be a success you will also need delicious potatoes, tasty (no boil!) veggies, stuffing, gravy and, if you still have space for more, dessert.  Over the next few weeks, we will bring you recipes to ensure that your Thanksgiving (or

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