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Thanksgiving Three Ways

Left: Deconstructed oyster stuffing. Right: Turkey spaetzle with roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, Granny Smith apples, and turkey sauce.  

The Untraditionalist
Turkey spaetzle, flattened oysters, and pumpkin-and-seaweed custard, à la Wylie Dufresne.

Who better to turn Thanksgiving inside out than the culinary mad scientist Dufresne? Classic oyster stuffing became paper-thin crudo with savory topping. The turkey? “I originally thought of turkey tetrazzini, making noodles with the turkey, but that needed special equipment,” Dufresne says, so he simplified to spaetzle—then tossed most of the rest of the meal in with it. The pumpkin is blended with—what else?—seaweed-derived carrageenan to create the creamy custard finale.

Deconstructed Oyster Stuffing
Turkey Spaetzle, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Granny Smith Apples, and Turkey Sauce
Pumpkin Cream With Pumpkin-Seed Crumble