Thanksgiving is in a week. Yes a week! For me, that means it’s finally time to stop browsing and pinning hundreds of Thanksgiving recipes and actually decide what the heck I’m gonna make. (Although for me the browsing is just as much fun as the cooking itself.)
My family has our staple Thanksgiving recipes that I would never think of changing– turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, and cranberry sauce. But each year the food adventurer in me has to try something new, so I typically make one new side dish and one new dessert (sometimes two or three new desserts if I’m being honest).
Here is a roundup of the most interesting, delicious, unique, genius Thanksgiving-y recipes I came across. Which one will you choose as your new dish this year?
1. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes– The Healthy Foodie
Such a great idea! Elevating the already-fancy hasselback potato to Thanksgiving-worthy status.
2. Cider-and-Bourbon-Glazed Shallots– Bon Appétit
The savory and sweet combination seems absolutely irresistible. A unique side dish that still fits right in with Thanksgiving flavors.
3. Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus– Pinch of Yum
Boy do I love a good recipe mashup. Combining pumpkin and hummus?! Lindsay at Pinch of Yum is truly the recipe goddess. This is a great appetizer to set out for snacking as guests arrive.
4. Fall Fruit Salad– Pass the Challah
5. Brown Sugar Glazed Red Potatoes– Lil’ Luna
This picture looked so delicious that I had to check out the recipe. And it didn’t disappoint! I’ve used brown sugar on sweet potatoes before, but never red potatoes. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give it a try.
6. Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing– Pinch of Yum
A light(er) quinoa salad that provides a nice balance to all the rich and heavy Thanksgiving staples. But no fear, it still has the classic flavors like roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, and apple.
7. Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Butterscotch Streusel– Pass the Challah
8. Healthy Candied Carrots– Wonky Wonderful
Something about multi-colored carrots seems so wholesome. Look at them! And the maple sugar glaze is just divine.
9. Mini Sweet Potato Knishes– Joy of Kosher
Another great mashup idea! Perfect if you are looking to serve a recipe with a twist. And each person having their own individual knish feels like luxury if you ask me.
10. White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles– Sally’s Baking Addiction
I can’t think of a better way to end the Thanksgiving meal (along with several pies of course). I’m sure these will continue to be snacked on way past dessert-time too. As a side note, I never thought about how weird the name “snickerdoodle” is until I sat here and typed it. Where in the world did that name come from?
Best wishes for a completely delicious Thanksgiving! Enjoy.