10 International Foods to Cook with this Thanksgiving

10 International Foods to Cook with this Thanksgiving

Malbec Wine Sauce by Pampa Gourmet | Argentina

This Malbec sauce is a great glaze for holiday meats. Its light, sweet, and fruity notes balance well with red meat or poultry when drizzled after roasting. It’s also delicious in vinaigrettes, tarts, or pie fillings.


Urfa Biber by Villa Jerada | Morocco

With a more complex flavor than red chili peppers, urfa biber pepper flakes are delicious when sprinkled onto meat and vegetables. They add smoky spice to any savory dish.


Kefta Rub by Villa Jerada | Morocco

Its rich, complex, and smoky notes make kefta rub an extremely versatile seasoning that elevates any appetizer, side, or main dish. Try rubbing it over the turkey, or sprinkling it over vegetable sides and mashed potatoes. It’s also great on deviled eggs as an appetizer.


Smoked Paprika by El Avión | Spain

Hot and spicy paprika adds a kick of flavor to poultry dishes by enhancing the smoky undertones of the meat. Upgrade your turkey by using the spice as a dry rub.

Roast Chicken Dijonnaise

© Erik Bardin, polarity.co

Whole Grain Mustard by Domaine des Vignes | France 

With its unique juxtaposition of texture and flavor, French mustard adds rich and tangy flavor to any dish. It’s especially good rubbed onto poultry before roasting.


Béarnaise Sauce by Christian Potier | France

Smooth, rich, and creamy, béarnaise sauce is typically served with steak, though it’s also delicious with poultry. Serve it alongside your Thanksgiving turkey instead of—or in addition to—traditional gravy.

Marinated Steak with Watercress

© Felicia Perretti

Umami Ponzu Sauce by Wadakan | Japan

Ponzu’s sweet and savory flavors make for a delicate addition to meat and fish. Use it to marinate the turkey or mix it into salad dressing.


Smoked Chimichurri by Vanoli | Argentina

Chimichurri, a traditional Argentinian sauce typically served over steak, gives protein a bold, smoky flavor. Rub it a onto the bird before roasting or use it to make a marinade for vegetable sides.

Ginger Paste by House Foods | Japan

A staple of Japanese cuisine, ginger paste is easy to incorporate into your Thanksgiving feast: simply make a marinade for the turkey by combining ginger paste with soy sauce, garlic, and a pinch of sugar. Careful: ginger paste is strong, so a little goes a long way.


Coffee and Chocolate Sauce by Bazzar | Brazil 

No Thanksgiving feast is complete without one—or many more—show-stopping desserts, and this rich and decadent coffee and chocolate sauce is the perfect contender. Use it to top desserts or drizzle it over ice cream.


Allison Yu is a student at Columbia University planning to major in French and history. When she isn’t cooking or baking in the kitchen—or dreaming about cooking or baking in the kitchen—she enjoys photography, reading, and traveling.

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