3 Simple Ways to Add International Flare to Your Thanksgiving Spread

TurkeyThanksgiving is the foodie’s holiday in the U.S., with so many classic recipes on the table and a spread that cannot be matched by any other yearly celebration. Even though Thanksgiving is often defined by great food and family, very rarely will you find new options added to the table. We’re here to buck that trend.

You don’t see a lot of international flavor at the Thanksgiving table, but we think that could really take your spread to the next level. We love the tradition of Thanksgiving, so here are three new recipes that put a global twist on some of the holiday food favorites like cranberry, stuffing and turkey.

Polish Cranberry Mayo

This dipping recipe is a perfect condiment for poultry and especially turkey, making a natural and simple alternative to the gravy topping you’re used to on Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce, pureed
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Directions:

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together cranberry sauce, mayonnaise, horseradish, a teaspoon or tablespoon of lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Italian Sausage Stuffing

This alternative to classic stuffing has rich flavor and is a great way to add some Italian taste to the table with a great combination of meat and vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. Italian mild sausage links
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 cups unseasoned bread stuffing, cubed
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) black olives, sliced & drained
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, minced
  • 1 tsp. rubbed sage
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

In a large skillet, cook sausage links over medium heat until they are no longer pink, then drain. Remove the links from the skillet, set them aside, and then melt butter in the same skillet. Add celery, onion, green pepper and garlic to sauté until tender.

In a large bowl, combine the cubed stuffing, sausage, celery mix, cheese olives and other seasonings. Add broth and eggs to the bowl, tossing to combine it all. Spoon combination into a baking dish, cover it and bake at 325°F for 60 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes until lightly browned at 160°F. Remove your stuffing from the oven and enjoy.

Spanish Spice Rub for Turkey

Turkey is usually the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, but if you’d like to put a new twist on the classic this year, try out this Spanish spice rub that will go great on top of the holiday bird.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp. Spanish paprika
  • 2 tbsp. cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 tbsp. mustard seeds, ground
  • 4 tsp. fennel seeds, ground
  • 4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Add all six ingredients together in a large bowl and mix. Before beginning to cook the turkey, rub the skin side down with the rub and cook until slightly charred and a small crust begins to form on the outside for best taste.

With these three simple recipes, you’re ready to add some great international tastes to your Thanksgiving spread, whether it’s a new kind of stuffing, great flavor for the turkey or a dipping sauce with one of the holiday’s great flavors, you’re ready to go.

Polish Cranberry Mayo recipe from About.com

Spanish rub recipe from Food Network

Stuffing recipe from Johnsonville

Photo by Ruocaled

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