Our International Thanksgiving Menu Adds Global Flavor to the Day

Give thanks this holiday season with a Thanksgiving menu that draws inspiration from India, Latin America, South Asia, and more.

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.

Warm Indian-Spiced Acorn Squash Salad
Andy Lyons

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

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Chimichurri on sheet pan
Blaine Moats

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

Andy Lyons

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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

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