Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s November which means we can OFFICIALLY talk about Thanksgiving! In our eternal quest to keep things interesting and fresh, we’re challenging you to take a food that’s traditionally served at your Thanksgiving dinner and make a completely non-traditional dish! Take a look at some of the ideas we found below:

A Different Take on Turkey

Try these Moroccan-Spiced Turkey Skewers with Couscous Salad from Better Food Blog. Just looking at those skewers is making us hungry!

This Citrus-Marinated Grilled Turkey from the Cooking Channel is an easy way to bring fresh flavors to the table. Plus, it’s an excuse to bring out the grill in November!

We’re loving this Peking-Style Roast Turkey with Molasses-Soy Glaze and Orange-Ginger Gravy from Epicurious. It might be a little more involved, but the end result is well worth it!

Thanksgiving can be spicy, too! Use this recipe for Turkey in Mole Poblano Sauce from Saveur to spice up your holiday.

Switch Up your Stuffing

We love the idea of this Cornbread Stuffing with Jalapenos and Sage from American Potager, which will leave your guests AND your appetite satisfied!

Pack a punch with this Sausage, Cranberry, and Apple Stuffing found on The Slow Roasted Italian. Why haven’t we thought of putting meat in our stuffing before?!

If you love seafood like we do, try this Seafood Stuffing recipe from Taste of Home. Bonus! You get crab AND shrimp with this one!

This Focaccia Stuffing from About a Mom has some of our favorite things: artichokes, basil, and pine nuts!

Get Creative with Cranberries

This Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts from Simple Bites is perfect as an accompaniment to dinner or as an appetizer! Plus, it’s sure to impress your guests.

If you want to take this whole cranberry and brie thing to the next level, try this Puff Pastry-Wrapped Cranberry Brie from Shugary Sweets. We want to eat this every day!

Get your slow cookers ready, because this Crockpot Cranberry Butter from The View from Great Island is fantastic! It’s super easy to make, and will go great with fresh-baked dinner rolls.

These Sugared Cranberries from Bakers Royale can be served on their own, or in one of your favorite cranberry dishes!

Pick a Different Potato

These Roasted Domino Potatoes from Epicurious will make it look like you really know what you’re doing in the kitchen!

Throw in a vegetable with your potatoes and try this Potato and Rutabaga Gratin from Saveur. It’s a hearty dish that’s quick and easy to put together!

If sweet potatoes are more up your alley, try these Sweet Potato Stackers from Kim’s Healthy Eats. They’re cute and delicious!

We also like the idea of this Roasted Sweet Potato Risotto from How Sweet Eats. It’s a dish your guests will never see coming!

Don’t Forget Dessert!

Instead of (or in addition to!) pumpkin pie, why not make this Pumpkin Tiramisu with Gingersnap Crust from Epicurious? It’s easy and fun to make!

Pecan pie is a Thanksgiving staple, but we’re loving these Pecan Macarons from Building Buttercream. Your guests won’t be able to help but have one (or two, or three…).

Instead of putting caramel on your apples, drizzle it on this decadent Maple-Gingerbread Cake With Salted Maple Caramel Sauce from Bon Appetit. It’s all of the best Fall flavors wrapped up into one magical dessert!

And instead of putting your apples in a pie, put them in this Salted Butter Apple Galette with Maple Whipped Cream from Bon Appetit. This dessert is guaranteed to please!

Honestly, we’re so excited about these recipes that we want to try ALL of them! Which ones do you think you’ll try? Let us know in the comments!


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