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.
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.
Fried mac and cheese
This creamy comfort food may be a cherished side dish on most Southern tables, but the version at Magnolias in Charleston, S.C., is extra indulgent. The restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu includes a mac and cheese that’s fried and accompanied with a smoky bacon jam and hot pepper relish. And while this place is the epitome of Southern charm, one may be inclined to wear their fanciest pair of stretchy pants.
The place certainly isn’t fancy, but Funk ‘n Waffles in Syracuse, N.Y., serves up a mean plate of novelty waffles. Here, it’s as if Thanksgiving dinner came in the form of breakfast. A stuffing waffle is topped with a heaping mound of smoked turkey, then piled high with garlic mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and crowned with rich, brown gravy.
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SOURCE: USA Today