Are you ready? It is almost Thanksgiving. What is going to be on your dining table this year? I have a few easy non traditional Thanksgiving dinner recipes for you that you may not have considered making.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner of the classics consists of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, cornbread and pumpkin pie.
Over the years I have broken from this traditional Thanksgiving menu and served recipes that my family loves instead, as not every one likes their potatoes mashed, their corn creamed or pumpkin pie.
So if you are asking yourself, What’s an alternative to Thanksgiving dinner?
Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
What I serve for Thanksgiving dinner to go with the main entree of turkey may not be the usual Thanksgiving fare, but I can promise they are all easy, delicious and worth trying.
Most of these non-traditional thanksgiving dinner ideas included in this list you can make ahead of time so that you won’t need to spend all of Thanksgiving Day in the kitchen. You will have time to enjoy your family and guests.
1. Sweet & Spicy Bacon Skewers
Everyone seems to like Bacon and when you season it with garlic, pepper, brown sugar and a few other spices and put a piece on a skewer, Sweet & Spicy Bacon Skewers make for festive finger food.
Main Course Recipes
2. Fast Fire Flank Steak
Fast Fire Flank Steak is the recipe in my recipe box that is the most popular amongst guests so if want to serve a red meat instead turkey, this is a crowd pleaser.
Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
3. Herbed Canned Potatoes
If mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes with marshmallows are not your jam when it comes to spuds, these canned potatoes, browned in butter are fast and easy to make, plus they taste delicious with turkey. They are a family Thanksgiving recipe favorite at my house.
4. Baked Mozzarella Orzo
Pasta dishes are something that usually don’t make it to a Thanksgiving spread, but this recipe for Baked Mozzarella Orzo compliments turkey so well. The creamy texture and melted cheese will melt in your mouth. It may become a new Thanksgiving tradition in your house.
Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
When you need a little sweetness to end Thanksgiving dinner, try making one or more of these delicious dessert recipes served warm with a big mound of whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream.
5. Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
For those who don’t like pumpkin pie, I always make an Apple Crisp. The flavor of the spices with the apples taste so good. Another reason to make this is that it can be made ahead of time. In fact, it tastes better the day after baking. Topped with a big mound of whipped cream – double yum!
6. Baked Apple Dumplings
This Baked Apple Dumpling recipe has a fun story behind it. They do have to be served warm, so you can make them ahead of time and then warm up in the oven right before serving will have everyone at the table ooohing and aaahing…. “these are so good“.
7. Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake
This recipe for Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake has been in my recipe box for over 35 years. I always have all the ingredients on hand and don’t even need the recipe anymore when I make it.
8. Cinnamon Crumb Cake
Individual Thanksgiving Desserts are great when you are hosting a large crowd and serving dinner buffet style. I usually make this Cinnamon Crumb Cake recipe into muffins, but for Thanksgiving it can be made into a cake form.
What is your Thanksgiving menu going to have on it this year – traditional or a few non-traditional foods and recipes?
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