Turkey might be the star of the Thanksgiving meal, but side dishes are essential to the success of the overall food experience.
Every year, it’s the same usual suspects of mashed potatoes, green beans, squash, corn and carrots that make up the spread. So instead of recycling the same recipes,
give your side dishes an ethnic flavor.
Novices might feel intimidated by an unfamiliar cuisine, but they don’t have to reinvent the wheel or radically change their Thanksgiving sides. They just need to give “little twists to ingredients that are familiar to an American Thanksgiving table,” said Eleanor Ford, co-author of “Samarkand: Recipes and Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus.”