INBOX INSIGHTS, November 22, 2023: Thanksgiving 2023 Edition

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Thanksgiving 2023 Edition

As is our tradition, this is the annual Trust Insights Thanksgiving newsletter. Every year our newsletter before Thanksgiving is a compilation of recipes and suggestions for leftovers.

We’re sticking with tradition, but with a twist this year. We built a Custom GPT model to generate recipes. I know, you’re shocked.

We loaded up the GPT model with lots and lots of recipes as plain text. We gave instructions in terms of style and ingredient considerations.

I asked the system to give me a list of unique dishes for Thanksgiving. The first pass was decent. Because Chris built the system, I could see how it intitially gives me dishes based on his food preferences. He likes sugar, I don’t. This was the first list that the system generated.

For a unique and memorable Thanksgiving dinner, you might consider incorporating some unconventional dishes that still capture the essence of the holiday. Here are a few ideas, drawing from my knowledge source and culinary expertise:

Korean Beef Bulgogi as a Main Dish

This dish, featuring savory and slightly sweet flavors, can be an excellent alternative to traditional turkey. Serve it alongside typical Thanksgiving sides or with a Korean twist, like kimchi or japchae (stir-fried glass noodles).

Turkey and Pumpkin Curry

Give a global spin to your turkey by preparing it in a rich and aromatic pumpkin curry. This dish can bring a warming and spicy element to your Thanksgiving table.

Sailor’s Pie with a Thanksgiving Twist

Inspired by a recipe from the game “World of Warcraft,” you can adapt this dish using Thanksgiving flavors. Use turkey instead of fish and incorporate traditional Thanksgiving herbs and spices for a unique take on a casserole.

Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons (Turkey Rangoons)

A creative way to use leftovers, these wontons can be made with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, served with cranberry sauce as a dipping option.

Cranberry and Brie Stuffed Pretzels

Combine sweet cranberry sauce with creamy brie inside homemade soft pretzels for a delightful appetizer.

Pumpkin Spice Risotto

For a side dish with a twist, try making a creamy risotto infused with pumpkin puree and traditional pumpkin pie spices, topped with parmesan cheese.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup

Add a sweet and savory touch to Brussels sprouts by sautéing them with bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter

Homemade gnocchi made from sweet potatoes, served in a sage-infused butter sauce, can be a unique and delicious side dish.

Apple Cider Glazed Carrots

Glaze carrots in a reduction of apple cider, adding a natural sweetness and autumnal flavor to this common side dish.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Combine two classic desserts into one by creating a cheesecake with a pecan pie filling, perfect for a Thanksgiving sweet treat.

These dishes offer a mix of traditional and unconventional elements, bringing both comfort and surprise to your Thanksgiving dinner.

The beauty of a custom model, or any generative model, is that you don’t have to accept the first outcome. You can iterate. I asked a follow up, to list unique dishes that were not sweet. Here is what I got back:

For unique, savory recipes that aren’t sweet, you can explore a range of creative and flavorful dishes that would be great for any occasion, including Thanksgiving. Here are some innovative recipes:

Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup

Ingredients: Roasted pumpkin, vegetable broth, fresh sage, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Chorizo and Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients: Chorizo sausage, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic, smoked paprika, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Cauliflower Steaks with Herb Salsa Verde

Ingredients: Large cauliflower heads, olive oil, garlic, mixed fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, mint), capers, lemon juice, salt, pepper.

Spiced Lentil Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients: Bell peppers, lentils, onions, garlic, cumin, coriander, tomato paste, vegetable broth, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Mushroom and Leek Galette

Ingredients: Puff pastry, mushrooms, leeks, garlic, thyme, goat cheese, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Ingredients: Eggplants, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, olive oil, paprika, salt, pepper.

Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Lemon and Parmesan

Ingredients: Zucchini, lemon zest and juice, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, salt, pepper.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Spinach and Feta

Ingredients: Portobello mushrooms, spinach, feta cheese, garlic, onion, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Butternut Squash Risotto

Ingredients: Arborio rice, butternut squash, chicken or vegetable broth, Parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, white wine, butter, sage, salt, pepper.

Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken

Ingredients: Whole chicken, fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage), garlic, lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper.

These recipes bring a variety of flavors and textures to the table, offering a delightful departure from typical sweet dishes.

What I love about this process is that these are all dishes I wouldn’t have thought of. I can keep iterating, asking the system to omit or insert different ingredients for different tastes. I can truly customize my dinner experience within a few minutes.

What unique dishes will be around your table this year? Come tell me about it in our free Slack group, Analytics for Marketers »

Happy Thanksgiving and happy iterating!

– Katie Robbert, CEO

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