By Carl Hanson

This year we're taking Thanksgiving on a global adventure. True, Thanksgiving is America's original Fall Classic, typically celebrated with time-tested, traditional foods and familiar flavors. But think of it. Back in the day, the pilgrims who arrived in this strange New World were introduced to many unknown foods and exotic flavors. So this Thanksgiving, we're recreating that initial sense of wonderment by taking traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the other direction -- and introducing exciting side dishes from the Old World into an otherwise familiar Thanksgiving repertoire. Come along...

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1. Hasselback Potatoes

"This Swedish dish takes its name from Hasselbacken, the Stockholm restaurant where it was first served," says POMPIER850. "The seasoned potatoes turn out crisp on the outside and tender on the inside."

Photo by lutzflcat

2. Chestnut Stuffing

Now here's a truly old-school stuffing. Fun fact about chestnuts in Europe: As Wiki explains, "Until the introduction of the potato [in the 16th century], whole forest-dwelling communities which had scarce access to wheat flour relied on chestnuts as their main source of carbohydrates."

Photo by Allrecipes

3. Sweet Potato Gnocchi

This Italian offering combines the best of both worlds. "A new and yummy twist on gnocchi," says ELA33INE. "Pair this up with butter or your favorite alfredo sauce."

Photo by Chef V

4. Grammie's Cranberry Salsa

It's tangy, it's sweet, and it's got a kick that really wakes up the palate.

Photo by Aurelia

5. Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Mascarpone is the pride of Lombardy, Italy. A little mascarpone in the mashers is "a delicious alternative to regular mashed potatoes," says Chef John. "They're not too rich, but just rich enough, and perfect for any special occasion."

Photo by loremipsum

6. Spanish Green Beans and Tomatoes

"A traditional Spanish side dish that I've served on holidays for many years. But it's a simple, tasty dish anytime!" -- jed

Photo by SunnyByrd

7. Filipino Lumpia

"This is a traditional Filipino dish," says LILQTPINAY23. "The Filipino version of egg rolls. It can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer."

8. Real Homemade Tamales

Tamales are a traditional Mexican treat for special occasions. They're a time commitment. But they freeze well. Make them in advance, and thaw them for the big meal.

Photo by Baking Nana

9. Pork and Shrimp Pancit

"A traditional Pancit taught to me by a Filipino friend while stationed overseas," says Rayna Jordan. "Delicious and easy!"

10. Chinese Steamed Buns with Meat Filling

Add some Chinese dim sum to Thanksgiving dinner. "The filling is best if allowed to rest in the refrigerator overnight," says Carol chi-wa Chung.

Photo by slim

BONUS RECIPE: Roast Peruvian Turkey

We couldn't forget the centerpiece dish! This Thanksgiving turkey celebrates the uniquely American holiday with flavors familiar to anyone who knows Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken. The key to this roast turkey is the magical marinade -- a flavorful wet rub starring garlic, paprika, cumin, oil, and vinegar. The wet rub develops a gorgeous crust that really locks in juices. The bird emerges from the oven super moist and flavorful. Watch the video to see how to make an amazing gravy with pan drippings, chicken stock, jalapenos, cilantro, crème fraiche, and lemon juice.


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