International Thanksgiving Menu

Take your guests' taste buds on a trip around the world this holiday season by serving this international Thanksgiving menu. Taking 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.

Classic fall ingredients meet Indian spices in this vibrant, delicious Thanksgiving salad recipe.

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

This recipe probably isn't too far off from your usual Thanksgiving veggie side dishes, but it's a little more special thanks to colorful cauliflower and rich Gruyère cheese.

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 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

This is no classic green bean casserole! The addition of sesame seeds and spicy gochujang makes this Asian-inspired green bean tart even better than the traditional recipe.

Green Bean Side Dish: Sesame Green Bean Tart

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

Stir-fry meets Thanksgiving potatoes in this delicious baked potato side dish. Each potato is filling enough that you might want to split it into a half-potato portion!

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

You'd be surprised how much difference the addition of ginger and soy sauce can make to this year's turkey spice rub. Your international Thanksgiving turkey will be your tastiest yet!

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 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

No international Thanksgiving menu would be complete without dessert, and this decadent Mexican pumpkin pie is the perfect end to your global meal.

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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