The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes


Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Families travel from afar to gather around a table of food and give thanks for all that has happened in the past year.

One of the most important parts of this holiday is the food. Many of the recipes are passed down from generation to generation and have become a tradition during Thanksgiving dinner.

The Cultural Exchange Team has gathered some Thanksgiving recipes from our colleagues at the American Immigration Council. We wanted to share these and other recipes with you so that you can partake in the Thanksgiving holiday with the new friends you have made in the United States.

Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta – courtesy of Lauren Malecki, Cultural Exchange Program Associate

“I started making this dish a few years ago and the first year, the bowl was empty within the first 30 minutes. I have not stopped making it since and it is demanded every year.  I think everyone enjoys some vegetables on a table that is surrounded with meats and casseroles. Every time I make this dish, I am transported back to the warmth of my home and my family gathered around.”

Sweet Sour Holiday Brisket – courtesy of Tanaz Moghadam, Project Manager for the American Immigrant Representation Project

“As Iranian immigrants, Thanksgiving was a natural fit for us to honor an American tradition because food and family and togetherness runs deep in our Iranian culture. Iranians often eat beef kabab on special occasions, so this beef brisket recipe gave us a delicious way to have a beef alternative to turkey!”

Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwiches – courtesy of Melissa Cruz, Communications and Program Associate

“No recipe needed for this one—which is probably why it’s a favorite among my family after a long day of cooking. You simply need the leftovers from a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Just take a warm dinner roll, spread it with gravy and cranberry sauce, and make a sandwich out of turkey, stuffing, and any other fixings you’d like.”

Deviled Eggs – courtesy of Thomas Burless, Data Coordinator

“This is one of my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving. That, or Mac n’ Cheese.”

Are you planning to make any of these dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner? Let us know in this survey!

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