Photo: Craig CutlerBy Rachel Mount
O asked star chefs to share dishes that honor their heritage for a very American holiday meal.
Jose Garces's Green Beans with Oranges and Dates Recipe
"My parents are Ecuadoran," Garces says, "so I find myself adding Latin American ingredients to everything I cook," His take on green bean casserole is a vibrant medley of beans tossed with oranges, dates, and almonds-plus a sprinkle of his secret ingredient, smoked paprika.
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Photo: Craig CutlerEmeril Lagasse's Spicy Sausage Dressing Recipe
Lagasse's mother cooked her family's Portuguese specialties year-round, but her Thanksgiving dressing-filled with spicy sausage, lots of parsley, and milk-soaked bread-is his favorite. After years of trying to replicate it, he finally asked for the recipe. "It might be the best thing I've ever eaten. I make it all the time," Lagasse says.
Photo: Craig CutlerApril Bloomfield's Roasted Red Onions with Sage Pesto Recipe
British chef Bloomfield knew exactly what she wanted to bring to the American Thanksgiving table when she moved here: woodsy, aromatic sage. "We use sage all the time in England, and I loved how well it went with toasted onions from Sunday dinners with my family," she says.Bacon-Nut Stuffing
Photo: Craig CutlerEric Ripert's Goat Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes Recipe
When Ripert was a child in the South of France, his aunts would make mashed potatoes for Easter dinner, stirring in spoonfuls of local goat cheese to add creaminess and tang. "The first time I made Thanksgiving dinner, 22 years ago, I knew that my mashed potatoes would include goat cheese and herbs," he says. "It's such a French dish, but it fits in effortlessly with the other, more traditional dishes."
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Photo: Craig CutlerDavid Chang's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Asian Vinaigrette Recipe
"All my Korean relatives-40, 50 of us-bring their own 'famous' dishes to Thanksgiving," Chang says. "One of my aunts makes insane dumplings, and my mom braises short ribs." They also serve a classic Thanksgiving meal, mixing Korean and American flavors at one big table. "In my 20s, I started contributing my own dish to the potluck: the Brussel sprouts with chili, cilantro, and lime juice we'd just started making at my restaurant," he says.
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