Executive Chef/Owner Restaurant Nora/Asia Nora,
Author Cooking With Nora (Park Lane Press), Washington, D.C
give Thanksgiving an ethnic twist and try a Mexican-style Thanksgiving.
Offer salsa and cornbread as side dishes. Why not try stuffing with
chili and cilantro. Using tamales in stuffing accentuated with black
olives, beans, corn and a spicy Mexican cheese is an idea.
How about Turkey Asian style with a soy sauce glaze. You could even
add a little honey to the glaze. Another idea for a glaze could be made
of honey, molasses and ginger. Pumpkin puree or a sweet potato puree
might be nice additions to the stuffing. The se items would also be
lovely as side dishes. I would also recommend that even if you try an
ethnic slant on Thanksgiving that you still offer traditional items
An Asian of Thai twist on Thanksgiving would be very nice. For Chinese-style
make a glaze of orange marmalade and ginger. You could make little pancakes
Moo Shi-style to wrap up your sliced turkey. Bok choy would be a great
side dish. Try a rice pudding with shitake mushrooms and lemongrass
Another possibility might be Thanksgiving with a Mediterranean twist.
Risotto is a wonderful side dish. Stuffing could be prepared with black
olives, garlic and fennel.
I can not emphasize enough the importance of buying an organic or natural
turkey. They are quite flavorful and contain no antibiotics or hormones.
It would be very tasty to lightly smoke the turkey or grill it in a
closed grill. By adding flavored wood chips you vary the taste possibilities.
It would be delectable to place the turkey in a salt brine marinade
overnight and smoke it the next day.
I suggest you try cooking the turkey on its side. By doing this there
is less of a chance that your turkey will be dried out during the cooking
process. Rotate the turkey from side to side for three quarter of the
cooking time and finish cooking it breast side up.
Finally, if you can get some exercise in before you eat I think it is
important. At my house, we take a long walk or hike outside while our
food is cooking. I hope you will try one of these ideas."