For some families, no holiday table would be complete without lumpia, kugel, or fattoush alongside the turkey and mashed potatoes. Others experiment with fusion fare – chorizo in the stuffing, hoisin sauce in the cranberries. Sometimes these multicultural touches are necessary to appease the older generations (grandpa can't imagine a meal without kimchee); other times it's the happy result of welcoming new family members and friends from different backgrounds. I just love hearing about how each cook and family makes Thanksgiving their own, and at the same time wholly American.
What ethnic-inspired dishes do you enjoy at Thanksgiving?
Dishes pictured above:
• Spiced Roasted Turkey with garlic, ginger paste, and toasted spices (Gourmet)
• Smoked-Oyster Sticky Rice Stuffing in Lotus Leaf with oysters, mushrooms, and Chinese sausage (Gourmet)
• Puerto Rican-Style Turkey with curry-and-chile-spiced marinade (Food & Wine)
• Pumpkin Flan with cayenne-spiced pumpkin seeds (Gourmet)
More inspiring menus:
• Asian-American Thanksgiving (Food & Wine)
• An Indian Thanksgiving (Epicurious)
• Italian-Infused Thanksgiving (Bon Appétit)
• A Mexican-Inspired Thanksgiving (Saveur)
• Thanksgiving with a Korean Twist (Real Simple)