A Globally-Inspired Thanksgiving Menu

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I think we all have an image of the classic Thanksgiving in our minds. If you’re like me, it probably involves a family is gathered around a table heavy with a perfectly roasted turkey and all the trimmings. Enduring though it may be, that image is not reflective of everyone’s experience. Maybe our families or homes look different, or perhaps the foods on our Thanksgiving table reflect different traditions. Maybe, far from family, we celebrate Thanksgiving with friends.

For years, I roasted Thanksgiving turkeys in a tiny oven in a foreign country with people whose only experience of the holiday was through movies. Guests were instructed to bring a beloved dish unique to their culture. Some years, everything worked out so perfectly I felt like I was in a Nora Ephron movie. Other years, I served guests undercooked turkey and burned stuffing. Once, 30 people showed up, and there was exactly enough turkey for everyone to have one bite. Every year was memorable in its own way.

This year, inspired by those international Friendsgivings, we created a menu that combines the global flavors we love with uniquely American traditions. Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends this year, and especially if you’re a first-time host, this menu and guide are for you. Most of the recipes we’re featuring make enough for 8 to 10 people, though this menu would also be perfect for 6 if having Thanksgiving leftovers is important to you (of course it is.)

What we’re having:

 

In our next post, we’ll be providing a step-by-step guide to cooking our globally-inspried menu,

Elizabeth Strickland