17 Not-So-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes to Spice Up Your Holiday Spread


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Thanksgiving is the opening even to the holiday season. It is a time for us to slow down and gather with family and friends to reflect on all of the blessings we have been given.  The perfect time to give thanks for the lessons we have learned over the past year, prepare our hearts and minds before the end of year celebrations that are about to ensue.  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remember that there is always room at the table for one more. 

Now don’t get me wrong I am also here for the food.  In my family food is its own love language and Thanksgiving is like the Superbowl of food.  So, we go big.  There are always two turkeys, an obscene amount of side dishes and a plethora of sweets.  I mean there isn’t a chance you will leave the table unsatisfied.  With our love of food, it also means that you will find your tried and true Thanksgiving favorites on the table, but you will also find some more adventurous options to tempt your tastebuds.  Here are a few of our go to favorites and a few that may be in the rotation this coming year. 

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey by Half Baked Harvest

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie by Damn Delicious

Thanksgiving Salad Recipes

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad by Tastes Better from Scratch

Autumn Lentil Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing by Real Food Whole Life

Photo by Real Food-Whole Life

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Barbecue Smoked Turkey by The Sauce 

Easy, No Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey by Tastes Better from Scratch

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Photo by Half Baked Harvest

Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Sweet ‘n’ Savory Bacon Pecans by Half Baked Harvest

Lightened Up Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes by Ambitious Kitchen

Garlic Bacon Sauteed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms by Good Life Eats

Charred Cranberry Mostarda by The Sauce

Cheesy Chive & Bacon Mashed Potatoes by The Wicked Noodle

Garlic Mac ‘n’ Cheese by Minimalist Baker

Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes by Show Me the Yummy

Maple Glazed Carrots with Goat Cheese & Pistachios by Ambitious Kitchen

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Photo by Once Upon a Chef

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Caramel Sauce by Once Upon a Chef

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars by Averie Cooks

Dutch Carmel Apple Pie by Blue Bowl

Whether you are gathering with your family or hosting a Friendsgiving this year I hope that one of these delicious recipes will add a little extra flavor to your holiday table.  

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Samantha is a Kansas girl through and through. Born and raised in a rural community near Topeka, KS, she moved to Wichita in 2002 to attend WSU. Obtaining her graduate degree from the Wichita State School of Social Work, she loves her job as a pediatric medical social worker. Samantha calls East Wichita home with her husband, two beautiful children, and dog. Having lived in Wichita for over a decade she has enjoyed rediscovering Wichita through the eyes of her children. When time allows Samantha enjoys spending time with friends, trying new restaurants, and re-watching episodes of the West Wing.