Mix Up Your Thanksgiving Spread With These International Dishes

The most wonderful food day of the year is nearly upon us. You know the day we’re talking about, that fourth Thursday in November known as Thanksgiving.

We all know the standard turkey day spread: turkey, potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie. But what about the Thanksgiving must-haves of different cultures. Take the Saucedo family for example. They’re of Mexican heritage so nachos, chile, and arroz con leche are favorites. Adding a new dish to the table is great for mixing up the regular spread and who knows, your family might just stumble across a new favorite. Here are four international dishes that are sure to add some flare to your family’s Thanksgiving feast!



Baklava is a Mediterranean treat that will complement anything on your Thanksgiving dessert menu. Its flavor is enjoyable but not too overpowering. It’s made with layers of phyllo pastry soaked in butter, chopped nuts and mouth-watering spices.

Tandoori Chicken (or turkey)

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Popular in India and parts of Asia, Tandoori chicken is equally spicy but less saucy, and its flavor comes from a light marinade applied to the meat’s surface.

Doro Watt


Doro watt is a chicken stew that will warm up even the coldest Thanksgiving days. Although it’s a traditional Ethiopian dish, this particular stew is a great way to ease people into African cooking because it closely resembles many Americanized stews.

Salata de Varza


Similar enough to American slaw not to offend guests with less adventurous palates, yet light enough to complement your meal without overwhelming it.

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