Traditional Alaska Thanksgiving recipes

Photo: Courtesy Alaska DispatchFood writer and cookbook author John Hadamuscin once wrote the following: “There are four unbroken rules when it comes to Thanksgiving — there must be turkey and dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.”

Apparently Hadamuscin has never spent a Thanksgiving in Alaska, where instead of turkey, polar bear, whale steak and pickled maktak might well be the table centerpiece.

Indeed, the only real rule throughout the state so far as dining goes is to remember what another famous chef, Julia Child, once said about the universal eating experience: “Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.”

In that spirit, Alaska Dispatch has compiled some soul-satisfying recipes from across the state, some of which have been passed down from generation to generation, and will, hopefully, remain eternal.

Click on links below for more:

Aleutian Islands recipes

Bering Strait recipes

Arctic Alaska recipes

Southeast recipes

Interior recipes

Western Alaska recipes

Southcentral recipes

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