I absolutely love Thanksgiving food, but sometimes you just need to change things up! This year, I decided to try an Indian-inspired menu with a spiced twist on some of my holiday favorites.
When I found out that I would be cooking up this menu for a feature in New York Cottages & Gardens, I was thrilled! And not only did we make a whole menu of gorgeous dishes for the November issue, but I had the pleasure of co-hosting with the lovely Christian Zavala of Bespoke Host.
Bespoke Host is an ace up every host or hostess’s sleeve! The company is owned and operated by Christian, a seasoned interior designer based in New York City. Bespoke Host will create a custom tabletop wardrobe for chic and effortless entertaining at a moment’s notice. They also work with sommeliers, mixologists and DJs to make sure that everything is properly stocked for the occasion!
Christian transformed my dining room table into a fabulous Indian-inspired, photoshoot-ready scene with everything from jade-accented glassware to the gold-tinted fabrics to imported tableware. It was perfect down to every last detail.
This shoot was something out of a fairy tale and it was the perfect backdrop for my menu. Let me tell you, this was a fun day! We had some of our close friends come join us for this beautiful feast. One of the best parts about all of this is that I got to do a turkey day test run on all of these awesome recipes.
Everything was almost too pretty to eat! But don’t worry, we feasted. 😉
One of the highlights of the meal was this glorious golden brown turkey that was brined and then marinated in yogurt and Indian spices. While the recipe wasn’t mentioned in the article, I wanted to make sure you all had this recipe with time to spare before Thanksgiving. The yogurt marinade will keep your turkey juicier than you can imagine. Massaging your bird with a little bit of spiced butter under the skin doesn’t hurt either!
Here’s a little step-by-step visual:
I hope you’re inspired by this turkey recipe. I’d love to hear feedback if anyone decides to make this for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🦃🦃