Thanksgiving is coming: ovens are lit, turkeys are served, and the family reunited. Although it is a very heart-warming tradition, it also can be kind of repetitive with the same recipes and flavors every year. In fact, more and more families have been adding different dishes and styles to their Thanksgiving dinners.
Our country is home to many immigrants who have added their culinary touch to this celebration, so there’s a good reason to have a diverse Thanksgiving with these international recipes for dinner. So, if you wondering what to cook for thanksgiving, the following recipes are non-traditional thanksgiving dinner ideas, and while some of them are entirely foreign dishes, others are the traditional ones but using some exotic ingredients.
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this Sweden recipe will be a fantastic side dish in your Thanksgiving dinner. These delicious potatoes are named after the Swedish restaurant Hasselback where it is said they were first served. This dish is one of the easiest to make, you just need four potatoes per portion, butter, some romano cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. To prepare, take the potatoes and slice them without crossing them completely until they form a small accordion (you can check here how they should look). Then add melted butter, salt, and pepper to taste and put them to bake.
Warm Indian-spiced acorn squash salad
Acorn squash salad could be a known dish in Thanksgiving dinners, but have you tried adding Asian flavors? Pomegranate, date and a mixture of Indian spices called garam masala are the international ingredients that will make this salad an exotic dish that will surprise your guests. To prepare this salad, put the seasoned acorns in the oven, mix the remaining solid ingredients and spice up all of it with garam masala.
Sweet and spicy Korean braised turkey
If you’re feeling adventurous, try this Korean version of the famous big bird. It’s a big change: besides the sweet and spicy glaze (made with soy sauce, mirin, ginger, and garlic) and the butternut squash stuffing (with chestnuts, glutinous rice, and jujube dates), this turkey is cooked on the stove instead of the much-used oven. It’s definitely a recipe that you should review carefully but it is worth it, especially if your guests are foreigners and want to surprise them.
If you want just a little change in your Thanksgiving dinner, these Filipino appetizers will combine wonderfully with the traditional turkey. This dish is the Filipino version of rolled eggs and is easy to prepare as it is for it to melt in your mouth. You’ll need a pound of ground pork, onions, cabbage, little carrots, and most importantly, lumpia wrappers that you can find in your nearest Asian grocer. Once rolled and fried, cut them in half and serve them with your favorite sweet dipping sauce. Your guests will love them!
Dulce de leche hazelnut pumpkin pie
The beloved by all pumpkin pie with a sweet Latin American twist. This recipe will guide you to do the hazelnut pastry, the pumpkin filling, and the dulce de leche whipped cream. If you already know how to do these homemade pies, then you know half the recipe already! Serve this dessert covered with another portion of dulce de leche and hazelnuts for more delight.
Whether you add a single new dish to your dinner or change it completely, we hope your Thanksgiving celebration to be a moment of peace and joy with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!