Get Creative with Thanksgiving Dinner

José Andrés is offering a creative Thanksgiving menu at America Eats Tavern in McLean, Va. In particular, the turkey confit sweet potato fritters start with a whiskey-brined turkey leg. The meat is combined with a mashed sweet potato and formed into fritters — a Southern favorite — and fried until golden brown.  American Eats Tavern
José Andrés is offering a creative Thanksgiving menu at America Eats Tavern in McLean, Va. In particular, the turkey confit sweet potato fritters start with a whiskey-brined turkey leg. The meat is combined with a mashed sweet potato and formed into fritters — a Southern favorite — and fried until golden brown. American Eats Tavern

When most Americans think of Thanksgiving dinners, images of golden-brown turkeys and mounds of mashed potatoes come to mind. Or perhaps it’s their aunts’ dreaded green bean casserole. But across America, there’s a myriad of options for a unique Thanksgiving Day feast. From a turkey ramen to fois gras stuffing, check out the most creative takes on turkey day dinners from around the USA.

Wild turkey paella

Tim Love has received a cult-like celebrity status of foodie fame in Fort Worth, Texas for his re-imagined urban western cuisine. This season, his restaurant Woodshed Smokehouse is serving up wild turkey paella during the week of Thanksgiving. The typically Spanish dish is taking on a Texas twist, cooked over an open fire and studded with Tim’s house-made, signature rabbit-rattlesnake sausage.

Turkey ramen

Top Chef alumnus, Dale Talde is dishing out a marriage of Thanksgiving and ramen, appropriately called, turkey ramen at his much-buzzed about Brooklyn joint, Talde. The savory bowl of comfort soup is filled with tender roast turkey, stuffing, creamed spinach wontons and mushroom gravy and dotted with pickled cranberries — all floating atop a delicate mound of traditional ramen noodles.

Thanksgiving day sandwich

The name may feel a bit gauche, but Big Ass Sandwiches in Portland, Ore., is all in good taste — literally. The Thanksgiving sandwich takes the best of the holiday leftovers and piles them into one amazing hand-held meal. In this case it’s slow-roasted turkey breast, homemade sweet potato stuffing with sausage, rosemary, walnuts and cranberries, along with hand-cut fries and turkey gravy. All stuffed into a toasted Ciabatta roll.

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Source: USA Today | Anne Roderique-Jones

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