Like most people, you probably include traditional Thanksgiving food in your annual feast. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, green beans, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie may be staples in your spread. As important as tradition might be, adding foods that honor other cultures is a valuable way to reflect on your or others’ ethnic roots. Adding more culture to your menu shows you embrace the freedom that a holiday dedicated to giving thanks gives you.
Include one or more of these multicultural dishes in this year’s Thanksgiving feast.
An excellent starter is pickled eggplant. This bright, tangy, Italian appetizer makes a meaty, satisfying snack. Make it three to seven days in advance for maximum taste.
Miso Pumpkin Soup with Sesame Walnut Brittle
A delicious first course is miso pumpkin soup with sesame walnut brittle. Use white or yellow miso for additional depth of flavor. Include black sesame seeds in the brittle for an Asian twist.
Adobo Butter Turkey
Give your main course a Latin American, Mexican, or Southwestern twist by preparing adobo butter turkey. Garlic, spices, vinegar, citrus, and dried pasilla, ancho and chipotle chiles give your bird extra spice. Include mashed sweet potatoes to bring out the vibrant, complex flavors of the adobo butter.
An alternative for your main course is tandoori turkey. Coriander, garam masala, fenugreek, cardamom, and other Indian spices give the brine, yogurt-based marinade, and stuffing rich flavor.
Jazz up a traditional side dish by preparing tamale stuffing. This soft, steamy, fragrant dish pairs well with a Mexican or South American flavored bird. Steam soft masa, poblano peppers, chorizo, and mushrooms in banana leaves for additional earthiness.
Squash and Saffron Risotto
Substitute traditional stuffing with squash and saffron risotto. This creamy Milanese risotto is made from golden saffron and butternut squash.
Include Za’atar flatbread in your feast. This pillow-soft flatbread with za’atar is a spicy alternative to dinner rolls. The thyme, oregano, sesame, and sumac let the flatbread blend with other foods in the same spice profiles.
Zimbabwean Peanut Butter & Butternut Mash
Add Zimbabwean peanut butter & butternut mash to your side dishes. Peanut butter adds depth and additional creaminess to mashed butternut squash.
Purple Sweet Potato Pie with Gingerbread Crust and Pecan Streusel
For an alternative to traditional desserts, prepare purple sweet potato pie with a gingerbread crust and pecan streusel. A purple yam from the Philippines gives this pie its unique hue. The taste is similar to sweet potato pie.
Vegan Chai Spice Poached Pear Cake
Instead of pie, serve vegan chai spice poached pear cake. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, and black pepper work together to create the cake’s unique flavor. The tender fruit keeps the spicy cake moist. A dusting of powdered sugar adds a touch of sweetness.
Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Feast! Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family to Yours!
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