If you're looking to broaden your horizons beyond American fare this year, serve up a Thanksgiving dinner spread with flavors from all over the globe. Don't worry, the classic turkey and green bean casserole are still featured—we just gave them an international upgrade by seasoning with global herbs and spices.
Salad: Warm Indian-Spiced Acorn Squash Salad
Acorn squash always has a place at our table, but this year we're mixing it up with Indian-inspired flavors. Use garam masala, a spice blend common in Indian and South Asian cuisine, to add a spicy kick to tender, oven-roasted acorn squash. Add a few cups of torn mustard greens to welcome guests to the table with warm Asian flavors, and serve with a vinaigrette made from pomegranate juice, red wine vinegar, and honey.
Flavor-Boosting Tip: Just before serving, sprinkle the salad with fresh pomegranate seeds. Not only do they add an extra burst of juiciness, but the combination of greens and bright red seeds will also make your salad look more festive.
Get the recipe: Warm Indian-Spiced Acorn Squash Salad
Vegetable Side Dish: Cauliflower Gratin
Once the flavors of South Asia have been cleared from your table, it's time to travel to Europe. This gorgeous layered cauliflower gratin combines French and Swiss flavors into one delectable veggie dish. Season cauliflower and purple potatoes with herbs de Provence for a taste of French cuisine, then top with bread crumbs and gooey Gruyere cheese.
Span the Globe! If you want to transform this dish from European to Asian-fusion, substitute 8 ounces sliced Japanese eggplant for the purple potatoes.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Gratin
Green Bean Side Dish: Sesame Green Bean Tart
Green bean casserole is here, but we skipped the mustard and seasoned this tart with gochujang, a spicy Korean chili paste, instead. Start with a refrigerated piecrust to make the prep easier, then fill with eggs, crispy bacon, and lots of green beans. Instead of french fried onions, sprinkle white and black sesame seeds to hint at the Korean flavors hidden in every bite.
Get the recipe: Sesame Green Bean Tart
Potato Side Dish: Stuffed Spuds
It's not quite mashed potatoes and gravy, but when you serve these baked potatoes topped with stir-fried beef and veggies, no one at your table will be wondering where the gravy boat is.
To speed up prep time (and save space in your oven), cook the potatoes in your microwave before topping with beef, broccoli, mushrooms, and stir-fry sauce.
Get the recipe: Stuffed Spuds
Entree: Ginger- and Garlic-Rubbed Turkey
No matter what type of cuisine you're serving, Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without a juicy roasted turkey. To give this classic recipe an international twist, we seasoned the bird with ground ginger, soy sauce, garlic, and a few other spices. The result? An Asian-inspired turkey dinner that will have your guests coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds).
Make it Spicy! To give your turkey an extra kick, add a few teaspoons of Asian chili sauce to the seasoning mix and place 1 or 2 halved jalapeno chile peppers inside the turkey's cavity before roasting.
Get the recipe: Ginger- and Garlic-Rubbed Turkey
Dessert: Dulce de Leche Hazelnut-Pumpkin Pie
Wrap up the feast with a Latin American-inspired pumpkin pie drenched in dulce de leche. This dessert starts with a homemade hazelnut pastry and finishes with a hazelnut and dulce de leche whipped cream. And of course each slice of this pie tastes even better when you drizzle extra dulce de leche and sprinkle hazelnuts on top before serving.
To make your own Dulce de Leche:
- Pour a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk into a metal baking pan and cover with foil. Set in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with boiling water about halfway up the side of the smaller baking pan.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 90 minutes or until caramel-colored. (Check water level every 30 minutes and refill as needed to keep the level fairly consistent throughout.)
- Carefully remove roasting pan from oven, discard foil from top of baking pan, and allow Dulce de Leche to cool.
Get the recipe: Dulce de Leche Hazelnut-Pumpkin Pie
More International Thanksgiving Ideas
If you're serving a large crowd, choose a few additional international recipes to round out your Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, learn how to make your home reflect the flavors on the table with global decorations: