7 Classic Thanksgiving Dishes With a Twist!
While we're not in the United States or Canada today to enjoy the Thanksgiving celebrations, we certainly wish we were. Thanksgiving is all about tradition—year-long, Americans and Canadians look forward to the celebrated national holiday while enjoying a traditional long lunch savoured with family and friends. If you'd like to join in on the Turkey-Day festivities from the Southern Hemisphere, this modernised menu will help you create your own unique Thanksgiving down under. We guarantee you'll earn major applause at the Aussie-style Thanksgiving table.
INSTEAD OF: Pumpkin Pie
A wonderful alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, these baked pumpkin custards are served with spiced ginger-flavored granola for a bit of crunch. Pumpkin makes the perfect based for custard, lending a bit of richness and sweetness as in pumpkin pie, but for those who haven't perfected the art of the perfectly baked pie shell, this dessert can be cooked in personal ramekins.
INSTEAD OF: Green Bean Casserole
Campbell's classic casserole made with green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions is always a creamy and crunchy indulgence, but this gourmet side elevates green beans to the next level. With a bit of sweetness and saltiness, it has a beautiful balance of flavours—and hello, bacon! What's not to love?
INSTEAD OF: Mashed Potatoes
TRY THIS: Celery Root Purée with Toasted Hazelnuts
In my opinion, Thanksgiving dinner is not without a side of mashed potatoes doused in gravy. This delicious mash is made with both potatoes and celery root for extra flavour depth. Chopped toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top add a touch of autumnal flavour, too.
INSTEAD OF: Potato Gratin
TRY THIS: Parsnip Gratin with Gruyère and Thyme
Parsnips, a root vegetable closed related to carrots, are totally underrated. If you're feeling potatoed-out on Thanksgiving, but still love the creamy, cheesy qualities of classic potato gratin, try this alternative. Made with gruyère and thyme, it's totally decadent with nice herbal notes.
INSTEAD OF: Day-Old Bread Stuffing
TRY THIS: Cornbread Stuffing
A southern twist on traditional Thanksgiving stuffing made with day-old white, wheat, or what-have-you bread, this cornbread stuffing has a little sweetness that's totally welcome at the table.
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