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.
Get global at this year's Thanksgiving gathering with these tasty international recipes:
See photos and learn more about these international Thanksgiving recipes, below.
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
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 Gruyère cheese. This global Thanksgiving side dish is sure to be a hit!
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 casserole is here, but we updated the recipe and seasoned this tart with gochujang, a spicy Korean chili paste. 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. This global Thanksgiving side dish will be another tasty stop on your international Thanksgiving dinner tour!
Get the recipe: Sesame Green Bean Tart
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
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
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:
Get the recipe: Dulce de Leche Hazelnut-Pumpkin Pie