Every Thanksgiving, when we all gather at the table to give thanks for our family, friends and livelihood, we often picture a traditionally American occasion reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. However, this year, Peace Corps Recruiter Kathy Fidler – the mastermind behind “Food Fridays” on Peace Corps Northeast’s Tumblr page – has cooked up a fresh take on the holiday by preparing the best recipes she’s shared online from various foreign countries.
Take a look at some of the delicious dishes served at Kathy’s table this year! We dare you not to salivate when scrolling through her list (Spoiler alert: it’s difficult).
For a convenient first course, this Botswanian pumpkin soup is savory, hearty and pretty easy to make as a vegetarian or vegan meal. A small pumpkin or acorn squash would be ideal for this recipe. The soup freezes and reheats easily, so it makes for ideal leftovers!
If you’re looking to give your turkey a little kick this year, this customary recipe from El Salvador tastes juicy and mildly spiced. Its mustard and Worcestershire sauce marinade smells pretty strong, but once you add vegetables and the spice blend, it cooks down perfectly.
3. Causa (Peru)
The Peruvian causa – which is a mashed potato and chicken recipe – can be served as a side dish, but might taste even better as an entire meal on a warm summer night. The vibrant colors of its dressing come from yellow pepper paste, avocado and red pepper sauce. It’s slightly spicy, very tangy and best served cold.
These Chinese five spice green beans make for an easy side dish, taking all of 30 seconds to prep. You can cook frozen green beans, but fresh ones might have a better texture. (Disclaimer: Five spice seasoning is a strong flavor and might not go with everything in a meal, but it worked nicely with the Salvadorean spice blend in the turkey.)
Why not wash down your meal with something fresh and tangy? Try this Tanzanian mango-orange punch recipe, which can actually look and taste more festive than a glass of cider. You can even try squeezing clementines instead of regular oranges to make it more fragrant.
Last but not least is everyone’s favorite course – dessert! This coconut pie baked from a Cameroonian recipe is insanely rich, but the custard’s flavor alone is amazing. This dish can be served on any occasion because, let’s face it, you can never have too much coconut pie!
If you would like to host your own Peace Corps Thanksgiving, complete with the dishes listed above, check out all of Kathy’s recipes here. On behalf of Peace Corps Northeast, we would like to wish you all a happy, safe and flavorful holiday!