Thanksgiving is the quintessential American meal, and there’s value in respecting the OGs: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans. But it’s also the original immigrants meal, a fact we decided to celebrate by asking four restaurateurs—Bryant Ng, Maiko Kyogoku, Hugo Ortega, and Anjan Mitra—all immigrants or from immigrant families, how they channel their culinary identities through the traditional feast. Behold, non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes with international flavor.
You handle the main course and have your guests bake or pick up dessert. Your holiday is about to get a lot more interesting.
Oh, and if cranky uncle whoever complains, just remind him: This is America.
Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes With International Flavor
Lemongrass-Rubbed Turkey With Sticky Rice Stuffing
Ham with Chinese hot mustard and dinner rolls with scallion butter were two of the dishes you’d find on Bryant Ng’s parents’ Thanksgiving table. “They were inspired by traditional Thanksgiving but always had some Chinese or Singaporean influence,” says Ng, who co-owns Cassia, in Los Angeles. Here, he re-creates the centerpiece of his childhood holiday—turkey stuffed with Chinese-sausage sticky rice.
Get the full Lemongrass-Rubbed Turkey With Sticky Rice Stuffing recipe here.