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Thanksgiving inspiration

Thanksgiving is in 10 days. Family and friends gather at a well-dressed dinner table to say thanks and enjoy -in most cases- some traditional thanksgiving dishes. In this article we’ll give you some Thanksgiving recipes and inspiration, combining the traditional ingredients of Thanksgiving with Foodpairing®.

At Foodpairing we’re all for traditions, nothing is better than to enjoy a traditional dinner with the family. Yet it seems we’re too restless to turn down a good Foodpairing experiment. So we applied Foodpairing® to create new recipes using the traditional ingredients of the impending holiday. The results are innovative and modern dishes while keeping true to the spirit of Thanksgiving.

For the design of all recipes below we started with the Foodpairing® tree of turke. Click here to open the tree in the Foodpairing Explorer. Keeping in mind some other traditionals like cranberries, pumpkins and pecans, we steadily converged to some intricate combinations. Make use of the filtering options to narrow your Foodpairing searches.

Turkey salad with pumpkin ketchup and pecans, cranberry vinaigrette and cilantro

  • turkey filet of 200 g
  • 20 g cranberries cooked in sugar
  • 10 g orange juice
  • 5 g rice vinegar
  • 10 g olive oil
  • chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  • 335 g pumpkin (peeled)
  • 145g Granny Smith
  • 80 g onion
  • 5 g garlic
  • thyme and bayleaf
  • 200 g water
  • 25 g sugar
  • 15 g aigre-doux (50 g of caramelized sugar quenched with 10 g of white wine vinegar)
  • 1 g cornstarch
  • 20 g water
  • curry powder
  • pecans
  • mixed salad
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Grill the turkey filet on both sides and cook further in a preheated oven at 150 ° C. Cut into thin slices and season with salt and pepper.

Mix all ingredients for the vinaigrette and season to taste.

Dice the pumpkin, Granny Smith, onion and garlic. Braise in olive oil with thyme and bayleaf. Quench with water and cook until tender. Blend when the water is almost completely evaporated.

Add sugar, aigre-doux and curry powder. Bring back to a boil and add the cornstarch water mixture while stirring. Allow to boil, then cool down and season to taste with curry powder, salt, pepper and other spices.

Toast the pecans. Cool down and chop.

Season the salad with olive oil, salt and pepper

Roulade of turkey with blue cheese, port jelly with cranberry, dried figs

This recipe can be served as a snack. We filled the turkey with cheese and rolled it into a sausage. Put it on a stick if you want to serve it as a small bite.

  • 4 thin slices of turkey breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 bars blue cheese (Fourme d’Ambert)
  • 200 g clarified beef bouillon
  • 50 g port
  • 30 g cranberries cooked in sugar
  • 2.5 g kappa
  • dried figs

Hammer the slices of turkey breast. Season with salt and pepper. Dress them on plastic wrap. Place a bar blue cheese in the center and roll the whole thing into a sausage. Poach at 62 ° C for 30 ‘. Cool in ice water.
Cut into smaller cylinders and place them on a stick

Mix the beef consommé with the port and the cranberries. Bring to the boil and strain. Allow to cool down. Add the kappa and mix. Bring back to a boil.

Dip the sausages in the jelly and decorate with pieces of candied fig. Let gel.


Up to make a slighty different Thanksgiving diner?

Making variations in flavor is one of the way to do it. And it doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Even without changing the original version too much, you can create surprising dishes.
E.g. by making a little twist to this classic dish.
Have a look at the Foodpairing tree of fried turkey. How to make a twist? Have a look at the possible ingredients and select one you didn’t expect. Maybe you didn’t expect chocolate. In the next step you think where to add this ingredient? To the sauce? To the stuffing?

So why not add chocolate to the sauce or add lobster to the stuffing of the turkey…

Add this interactive tree on your own website by adding the embedded code to your post and inspire your visitors.

If you also want to change the texture of this dish, at  Modernist cuisine you can find inspiration how to play with the texture of the different ingredients.