Go Global with This International Thanksgiving Menu
Take your guests' taste buds on a trip around the world this holiday season by serving this international Thanksgiving menu. With inspiration from India, Latin America, Korea, and more, this menu will transport your holiday dinner crowd to faraway lands. These international Thanksgiving recipes might even start a new tradition!
If you're looking to broaden your horizons beyond American fare this year, serve a Thanksgiving dinner spread with flavors from all over the globe. This handy menu still includes the classic turkey and green bean casserole, but we gave them an international upgrade by seasoning with global herbs and spices. These global Thanksgiving dishes, main dish, and dessert will give your taste buds a treat even classic Thanksgiving recipes can't beat.
International Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
Get global at this year's Thanksgiving gathering with these tasty international recipes:
See photos and learn more about these international Thanksgiving recipes, below.
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. This tasty recipe will fit right in with your other international Thanksgiving side dishes!
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 bright red seeds combined with the greens will make your salad look festive.
Get the recipe: Warm Indian-Spiced Acorn Squash Salad
Vegetable Side Dish: Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Chimichurri
Once the flavors of South Asia have been cleared from your table, it's time to travel to Argentina. This gorgeous layered cauliflower side dish combines a fresh herb sauce and roasted chickpeas into one delectable veggie dish. Season cauliflower and chickpeas with our take on chimichurri sauce. This global Thanksgiving side dish is sure to be a hit!
Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Chimichurri
Green Bean Side Dish: Sesame Green Bean Tart
Kale salad is here, but we updated the recipe with soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and ginger. Start with chopped kale, then toss in edamame and sliced red pepper. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds to hint at the Asian flavors hidden in every bite. This global Thanksgiving side dish will be another tasty stop on your international Thanksgiving dinner tour!
Get the recipe: Sesame Kale and Edamame
Potato Side Dish: Stuffed Spuds
They're 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 asking 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. Or set up a mashed potato bar and let your guests choose how they want to top off this international Thanksgiving side dish!
Get the recipe: Stuffed Spuds
Entrée: 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 more.
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 jalapeño chile peppers inside the turkey 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. Who could argue with ending your Thanksgiving dinner with a slice of this decadent pumpkin pie?
To make your own Dulce de Leche:
- Pour a 14-oz. 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 sides of the smaller baking pan.
- Bake at 425°F for 90 minutes or until caramel-color. (Check water every 30 minutes and refill as needed to keep the level fairly consistent throughout.)
- Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven, discard foil, and allow Dulce de Leche to cool.
Get the recipe: Dulce de Leche Hazelnut-Pumpkin Pie