4 Secrets to a Happy Swampsgiving
The entire family comes together for a special Swampsgiving feast
Thanksgiving classics include football, mashed potatoes, turkey, and epic lines at the grocery store. The families of "Swamp People," however, have their own classic traditions. And they put the swamp in Swampsgiving, literally. Here are four "Swamp" traditions that will probably make you feel grateful for your own list of errands this week.
1. Fry up some rodents.
There are more than a few ways to make your Thanksgiving feast a little different. Fried turkey is popular, and some families go vegetarian with meatless Tofurkey. But we give top honors to "Swamp" matriarch Liz Cavalier for a truly, um, original Thanksgiving feast. The Cavalier family has a 40-year tradition of eating nutria. What's nutria, you ask?
Nutria (n): Swamp rats, rodents upwards of 20 pounds that live in Southern marshes and rivers. They are vegetarian, so the meat is "lean."
"Today my husband and I, and our two boys, Damon and Destin, and my daughter Jessica, we're gonna go check the nutria traps out," Liz beams in the clip. "Fried nutria legs is mouthwatering. It's gonna be good."
2. Cranberries, no; crabs, yes.
"Normal family usually have a turkey, dressing, cranberry," says Liz. "In Cajun land where we live, all the things that we catch fresh on a daily basis, that's what we cook."
Things include shrimp and crab, mixed with onions and peppers, all of which are infinitely more appealing than nutria, right?
3. Forget the turkey. Hunt down the hog!