What do you normally see at the Thanksgiving table? Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce. Why not mix it up and awe your guests or show up to a Thanksgiving dinner with some super yummy, out-of-the-ordinary dishes? We found some that we think you and your loved ones will get hooked on, and beg you to make again next year.
Marinated Lentils with lemony Broccolini and Feta- The broccolini doesn’t need any pre-roast browning and there’s barely any chopping—just assemble and let the oven do the work. This healthy, hearty dish can be a warm vegetarian main or a cold lunch left to marinate in the fridge over night—the spiced oil is even better the next day. Read full recipe from Bon Appetit here.
Mac-N-Cheese- Not necessarily a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but oh so delicious! You can take a traditional mac recipe and add your own spin to it, by adding meat, play with different cheeses, and you can can add sauce to the top or in the cheesy sauce. My favorite is jalapeno popper mac-n-cheese, which has chunks of jalapenos in the mix, and I add spoonfuls of cream cheese to the top followed by breadcrumbs to create the warm cream cheese and crunch.
Maple Bacon Roasted Carrots- Yes, you heard right, and how delicious does that sound? Get full recipe from Delish here.
Cheesy Brussels Sprout Bake- Quick and easy, this recipe will have even the kids wanting more. Recipe from Delish here.
Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes- Cheesy, crispy, and oh so yummy! Get full recipe from Allrecipes here.
Roasted Veggies- This time of year, it is so easy to find perfect squash, so why not slice or dice, and roast them? Roast quartered acorn squash, with peel still on and seeds scooped out. add a little butter and brown sugar, or even some cooked ground sausage. Some other easy, quick options are: carrots, Brussels sprouts, and regular or sweet potatoes. Just drrzzle with olive oil and salt and pepper and pop in the oven for about 30-40 minutes.
For desserts- Instead of making the classic pumpkin pie, why not switching it up with an Apple Spice, Butter Pecan, or Pumpkin Cake? Click each for full recipes we have found and look and sound delicious!
We hope this has given you some fun alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving sides and desserts. If you make any of these, take a picture, and tag us on Social Media!