Saveur magazine's editor-in-chief James Oseland shares Asian-inspired Thanksgiving ideas. He suggests creating a turkey marinade by combining black soy sauce (soy sauce that's been brewed a bit longer than the regular kind, giving it a more molasses-like consistency), Worcestershire sauce, whole-star anise pods, cinnamon sticks, black pepper and small Asian shallots. Marinate the turkey at room temperature for a few hours before roasting.
Some of Oselands other ideas include:
-add a pinch of candied ginger, julienned into fine slivers. Take care not add too much because a little ginger goes a long way.
-visit your local Asian market and buy long beans. Substitute them in a green bean casserole.
-try red rice pudding as a delicious dessert alternative to pumpkin pie. Boil rice until it gets soft and glutenous, add sugar and a pinch of salt. Before serving, drizzle the rice with a bit of thick coconut milk.
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