STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Chef Azmin Ghahreman, founder of Sapphire Laguna restaurant in Laguna Beach, stopped by KCAL9 Wednesday to show us how to add a gourmet twist to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

He said incorporating peak fall ingredients, such as pumpkin and squash, to your traditional treats will add zest to the meal and appetizers!

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Gourmet Suggestions:

· Cranberry-orange relish

· Fruit and nut stuffing or mushroom stuffing

· Crust your prime rib with rosemary and sea salt

· Thanksgiving appetizer: Warm Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tart

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Appetizer Suggestions:

Farmer’s Grilled Cheese

Shrimp with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze

Dried Fruit and Goat Cheese Tiopita

Chef Ghahreman opened the renowned Sapphire Laguna in 2007, specializing in a “Global Cuisine” menu of comfort food inspired by cooking styles from around the world, made with the freshest local ingredients. For more information on the restaurant, visit Sapphire Laguna.

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To learn more about Chef Azmin Ghahreman, click here.