If cooking is not your thing, chefs in Las Vegas are working on a variety of offerings for Thanksgiving Day dinners. You can find turkey and dressing on many menus, but there are also equally tempting if offbeat offerings.
During Thanksgiving week, Border Grill at Mandalay Bay will give some Mexican flavor to an American holiday.
“Thanksgiving and all the ingredients that go along with this time of the year really fit into Latin cuisine,” said Executive Chef Mike Minor. “When mole was first invented in [the Mexican state of] Puebla, the first protein to ever be introduced to mole was turkey. So it really ties in.”
Minor has created a spread that, for appetizers, features turkey albondigas (meatball) soup ($9) and butternut squash empanadas ($10)
“Turkey albondigas is something that is an ancient recipe in Mexico,” he said. To the broth he also adds carrots, cabbage and tomatoes.
Besides squash, Minor’s holiday empanadas will include cotija cheese, shallots and roasted garlic. He tops them off with a pumpkin seed mole.