Chefs’ best spins on Thanksgiving sides

Chefs’ best spins on Thanksgiving sides

USA Today |
Ashley Day |
Nov 20, 2017
Original Article: "Chefs' best spins on Thanksgiving sides"

Restaurants across America are revealing gourmet and inventive versions of traditional Thanksgiving sides on holiday menus. Spice up your seasonal dining with spins on fall flavors, from butternut squash and cranberry cocktails, to soy maple brussels sprouts and indulgent macaroni and cheese variations.

“Thanksgiving mythology notwithstanding, the truth is that the original ‘Thanksgiving’ feast looked little like its modern iterations,” says chef Jon Wallace of New York City’s Analogue. “As tribute to what an authentic Thanksgiving might have looked like, I make a Lobster and Pancetta ‘bread pudding’ stuffing — utilizing what would have been abundant Yankee lobsters, and salted, cured meats — as would have been standard on a sailing barge of the time period.”

Browse the photos above for more stuffing variations, plus cranberry, green bean and sweet potato creations among chefs’ takes on Thanksgiving fixings across the country, and see more holiday menu standouts below.

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In Chicago, Wildfire will offer a gluten-free Kale & Apple Stuffing at its family-style Thanksgiving.

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At Bub City in Chicago, chef Doug Psaltis will serve cornbread and sage stuffing at a Thanksgiving buffet

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