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Nigerian Meat Pies

Meat pies are a beloved snack all over the world, from pasty to hujiao bing to tourtière and everything in between. These Nigerian pies boast a flaky crust and delicious savory filling with beef, vegetables, and chili peppers. They’re similar to empanadas but have fewer variations in the flavors and ingredients, though various meats may be used. Nigerian meat pies make a great accompaniment to a picnic or summer cookout. They can be prepared earlier in the day and brought to a gathering or potluck.

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Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Spanakopita is a traditional Greek spinach pie wrapped in phyllo dough, giving it a flaky, crisp, golden crust. The spinach pairs wonderfully with the feta cheese, and adding gruyere cheese adds a nutty flavor. Spanakopita makes a wonderful appetizer or side dish.

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Hunan Spicy Eggplant

This vegan eggplant dish comes from Hunan, a landlocked province in southern China in the middle reaches of the Yangtze watershed. Their cuisine is known for its spicy flavors and fresh aromas. You can’t ask for a better compliment to eggplants’ mild and water-rich flavors than the warm, spicy sauce packed with umami. It’s very satisfying as an appetizer, side, or with rice to make a main dish.

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Cantonese Shumai (Pork and Shrimp Dumplings)

Shumai are traditional dumplings often served as part of dim sum. They’re part of Cantonese cuisine from the Guangdong province of China, a southeastern coastal region. There are many variations of shumai, both in China and around the world. This version uses a combination of pork and shrimp, as well as shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, scallions, and seasoning. You can buy dumpling wrappers or make your own, as this recipe instructs. Making wrappers might seem intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy and satisfying. This recipe makes 24 shumai.

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Danish Cucumber Salad – Agurkesalat (vegan)

For lovers of cucumbers and pickles, this fresh salad can’t be beat! In Denmark, these cucumbers can be enjoyed alone, on rugbrødsmadder (traditional open-faced sandwiches), or on Danish hot dogs. They have a crisp texture and a sweet and mildly spiced flavor. Delicious!

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Wild Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf is a traditional rice cooking method where the grains are sautéed with other ingredients and cooked with broth. Wild rice is a grain that is a close cousin to domesticated rice, but not the same thing. It comes from four types of grass that grow in shallow water. Traditionally, they were harvested by indigenous people in North America and, to a lesser extent, in China. The grain is very similar to long-grain rice in texture, but it has a vegetal flavor that pairs well with mushrooms and other fall favorites.

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

This delicious potato dish is just as creamy as the traditional version but entirely plant-based. The cream sauce is made with roasted leeks, imparting a delightful flavor that perfectly complements the potatoes.

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Spinach Casserole

Ready for the easiest casserole on your table this holiday? This dish is like a cross between spanakopita and spinach and artichoke dip but lighter and subtler than both. It’s a great accompaniment to other heavier holiday foods.

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Peach and Jalapeno Salsa

This delightfully fresh and summery salsa is quick to make and goes with a variety of dishes, from simple chips to fajitas to tacos. The sweet fruit pairs perfectly with the spicy jalapeños and zesty lime. You can also use other (spicier) chili peppers. Best enjoyed just after preparation.

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Summer Couscous Salad with Queso Fresco

This summer salad incorporates many of the season’s best flavors, with sweet corn and strawberries, savory basil, fresh tomatoes, and arugula for a little kick. The queso fresco is a mild but salty cheese, almost like a combination of feta and mozzarella. You can also use cotija cheese for a slightly more robust flavor.

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Mayak Gyeran (Korean Marinated Eggs)

Mayak eggs are an effortless Korean dish that packs a flavor punch! Sweet, salty, and a little spicy, they go especially well with a bowl of hot rice. The eggs are soft-boiled, so they have a wonderful jammy texture. This recipe is an easy weeknight dinner if you put the marinade together in the morning and leave them to finish while you’re away at work.

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Curried Couscous Salad

Are you looking for a delicious side for your next barbecue or a dish to bring to a potluck? This couscous salad has a delightful balance of curry spice, sweet fruit, and nutty crunch. Everyone will want more! It’s also vegan and can be made gluten-free if you substitute the couscous with quinoa or cauliflower rice.

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Salmon and Asparagus Potato Salad

This potato salad is delicious and filling, with sautéed asparagus, roasted salmon, boiled eggs, fresh fill, and hand-made mayonnaise. The flavors are well-balanced, and it’s a great side for a picnic or barbecue. In fact, it can be enjoyed all by itself!

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Moroccan Chermoula Sauce

If you love fresh herbaceous flavor with lemon and spices, Chermoula is a must! It pairs cilantro, parsley, and lemon with cumin, coriander, and paprika. It’s delicious served with roasted veggies (like the zucchini we paired it with), chicken, white fish, or couscous. Plus, it comes together in only a few minutes!

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Chinese Omelette

Are you looking for a delicious, savory, vegetarian dish to serve for lunch or dinner with some friends? Look no further! This omelette is ideal for sharing and comes together really fast!

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Chinese Fresh Pickled Cabbage

These spicy, sweet, and crunchy pickles are quick and easy to make, with only three days to wait before enjoying them. They’re a delicious side to complement heavy main dishes or just for snacking on their own.

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Easy Flatbread

Flatbread is one of the oldest cooked foods across civilizations. This recipe is as basic as can be, with only three ingredients. Its simplicity makes it a great accompaniment to flavorful dips and chutneys.

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Oyster & Sausage Cajun Stuffing

This delicious oyster and sausage stuffing will be the bell of your next holiday feast. We used andouille sausage, which kicked up the spiciness nicely. But, if you prefer a milder alternative, you can use Italian sausage.

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bake

Macaroni and cheese may not sound like a traditional Thanksgiving side if you hail from New England. But in the South, it’s a staple! This recipe has an autumnal twist, using butternut squash in the sauce and roasted squash mixed in. We used zucca pasta, which both looks like pumpkins and has a habit of filling up with sauce! However, if you want something more traditional, you can use macaroni.

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Halloumi Kebabs

Halloumi is a very special cheese from Cyprus. It has a salty flavor, reminiscent of feta but less intense. What makes it particularly interesting is that halloumi cheese doesn’t melt, giving it a versatility that is pretty rare in the cheese world. It can be roasted, sautéed, fried, and even thrown on the drill! These kebabs are delicious, with the orange marinade complementing the salty cheese to perfection!

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Spicy Korean Beef Nachos

This version of loaded nachos is a delicious fusion of Korean and Tex-Mex. It’s delicious paired with hot, melted cheese, crunchy tortilla chips, and fresh greens. For even more flavor, serve the nachos with your favorite kimchi instead of salsa!

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