November 12th, 2013 at 5:01 am
Although Thanksgiving is a quintessential American celebration, those of us who came to the United States from Latin America don’t have a problem embracing it because two of its main ingredients are of utter importance to us: family and food. Latinos love to get together with friends and family regardless of the reason. And, if there’s food involved, even better!
While I think the turkey needs to remain the main Thanksgiving dish because of what it represents, there are several things you can do in the kitchen to give the sides a Latin twist. Here are a few ideas:
Spicy mashed potatoes — Give the same old boring mashed potatoes a spicy twist by following this super easy recipe.
Green plantain turkey stuffing — Also known as mofongo stuffing, I can’t think of a better way to Latinize your Thanksgiving turkey!
Brussels sprouts with chorizo — Even if you thought you didn’t like brussels sprouts, you haven’t tried this amazing recipe!
Pomegranate sangria — Sangria is always a hit when entertaining a large group. You can make it ahead and everyone seems to like it. Give yours a twist by adding some pomegranate juice and seeds.
Squash bread pudding with rum sauce — A delicious bread pudding with nice chunks of squash and plum raisins. A Thanksgiving dessert like no other!
Make one or make them all! If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner, then consider making one of these dishes to take to your hostess. They are so original and flavorful that they’ll be sure to delight!
Photo Credit: Mr. T in DC
Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.