And you thought fashionistas had it tough -- while a good season might bring one new It bag, weâ€™ve got seven trends for your eating itinerary. Unlike the new Celine collection, though, cooking these of-the-moment dishes wonâ€™t set you back more than the cost of a grocery run (and, in the case of ramen, probably less than your usual). Who knew your noodle-slurping, sweatpants-wearing college self was such a tastemaker?
First up: the mash-up. To call 2013 anything other than the Year of the Cronut would be inaccurate, if not downright blasphemous. Though Turducken and Pumpple Cake (both mash-ups of Thanksgivings past) may dwell more in the realm of novelty than culinary finesse, we donâ€™t know many curious eaters who would turn down a slice of Turkey Alla Porchetta.
Because everything tastes better between breadâ€¦with five or six additional ingredients piled on top. Turn Thanksgiving turkey into a banh mi (bonus trend: Asian-inspired!), a Rachel (bonus trend: Jewish food!), or a cobb (bonus trend: put an egg on it!) -- not to mention the classic leftover hero.
Plastic packet notwithstanding, no food sits higher on the totem pole of trendiness. Use our recipe as a base for Thanksgiving leftover stew -- turkey stock, sweet potatoes, whole cranberries, sage, and of course, the noodles. Authenticityâ€™s out the window, but umami still has a shot.