Kitchen Daily

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Thanksgiving may be a national holiday but New England's stronghold on the menu has existed since 1621. If you remember your social studies lessons, that's when the Pilgrims and Wampanoags celebrated the first successful harvest with a week-long feast and party.

This year, another region worth celebrating exerts its influence on Thanksgiving -- the Gulf Coast. Oysters make their way into stuffing and hot pepper sauce gives some punch to your turkey. Corn, creamed spinach, and artichokes also make an appearance. A melding of African, French and Spanish influences, these Creole-fusion recipes can add some kick to your menu without straying too far from a classic approach.

Here are five Creole-inspired Thanksgiving recipes worth celebrating.

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