Thanksgiving Food from Around the World
Thanksgiving is a worldwide celebration. It’s a time of family and traditions in every country. The food is phenomenal. The variety, the choices, the difference. It’s all good! Let’s have a look at the different Thanksgiving foods of the world.
Jamaican Curried Goat:
It’s not the most traditional Thanksgiving dish, but curried goat is a spectacular Jamaican option for those who are sick of turkey or want to give their guests a unique red meat. Plus, goat is surprisingly healthy. It contains much less fat than beef and even skinless chicken. It needs to be cooked at a low temperature to help the flesh retain its natural flavor and tenderness, so be sure to reserve plenty of cooking time.
Baklava is a Mediterranean dish that will complement everything on your Thanksgiving dessert menu. Its enjoyable but not too overwhelming. It’s made with layers of phyllo pastry soaked in butter, chopped nuts and mouth-watering spices. The sticky concoction is baked and drenched in sweet syrup.
Salata de Varza:
Your taste buds deserve a treat other than a regular green salad; coleslaw done Romanian-style — known as salata de varza — might be the change you’ve been looking for. It’s close enough to traditional coleslaw not to offend those who have less adventurous palates, yet light enough to complement your meal without going overboard. It’s the perfect fit for Thanksgiving feasts looking for an international kick. It’s easy to make and doesn’t have to go in the oven, like so many other Turkey Day dishes.
If you are Latino, many Thanksgiving tables are piled high with tacos, burritos and other related foods. Using authentic flour and corn tortillas, you too can incorporate standard ingredients such as cheese, beans, ground beef, shredded chicken, pork and tomatoes into a burrito station. Or, you and your fellow diners can fill tortillas with traditional Thanksgiving offerings, such as turkey and stuffing to make it semi-traditional.
Beans and Rice:
Cuban-style beans and rice are as versatile as they are tasty. Plus, they’re not nearly as unhealthy as the rest of your Turkey Day meal is likely to be! For many Cubans and Cuban-Americans, a celebration simply isn’t a celebration without beans (black or red or both) and rice.
Very popular in India and parts of Asia, tandoori chicken is a great way to add some extra pow to your meal. Plus, you don’t have to constantly keep basting it like turkey. In comparison with Jamaican curry goat, Tandoori chicken is equally spicy but a bit less saucy, and its flavor comes from a light marinade applied to the meat’s surface.
Couscous is more than just a dish with a name that’s fun to say. It’s easy to make, and it can be adapted about a ton of different ways and for as many different purposes. Technically, couscous is a grain by nature, though many people confuse it with pasta thanks to its similar consistency and taste. The distinction is pretty minimal, since both pasta and couscous are made from semolina (a granular form of durum wheat). The only difference is that couscous’ grains are crushed and pastas’ are ground.
Chicken and noodles go wonderfully together in soup, so it makes sense that turkey and lo Mein would complement each other on the Thanksgiving table. Recipes for lo Mein vary, but they typically include fresh Chinese noodles, light and dark soy sauce, sesame oil, bamboo shoots, cabbage, chicken broth and bean sprouts. Of course, all these ingredients offer unexpected but complementary tastes to traditional Turkey Day flavors.
Spelled many different ways, 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 North American stews in texture and appearance. However, it’s spicier and includes whole hard-boiled eggs.
It’s not a secret that Italian cooking is hugely popular all over the world. This is particularly true in North America, where there seems to be an Italian eatery on every corner, and the pizza business is thriving. Better still, lasagna – one of Italy’s most famous dishes — is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table, regardless of the eaters’ national origin. Even people who are picky when it comes to ethnic cuisine aren’t likely to turn down a pan of fresh lasagna!