Beyond Turkey and Cranberries: Unique Thanksgiving Recipes

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and whether you plan to host the big event yourself or attend a dinner hosted by someone else, you may find yourself in the kitchen trying to come up with suitable Thanksgiving recipes. If you are hosting, do you go with a traditional menu or should you try something different? If you have been asked to bring a covered dish to an event, how can you “wow” the crowd – especially if cooking isn’t your thing?

Unlike other holidays, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Since it is the star of the show, make it special! If you are hosting, decide on the type of menu you want to create: traditional, unusual, healthy, or vegetarian? Then, choose your recipes. If you are cooking a turkey for the first time, you may want to start by learning the basics. On the other hand, if you are tired of making the same bird year after year, try a unique alternative, such as lamb, duck, or even tofu.

If you only have to worry about a side dish, try these stuffing muffins. If you don’t have a lot of time, make an appetizer and take along a bottle of wine. Appetizers are great if you can’t cook – bruschetta, for example, looks stunning and tastes great but it requires very little effort. Chop up some tomatoes, mix with a little olive oil and garlic, and slice up a baguette. Just a few minutes in the oven to crisp up the bread and you’re done.

Perhaps you want to be adventurous but are nervous about the result. If that’s the case, make dessert! Desserts are great to take to a dinner because by the time dessert rolls around, everyone is so full, they won’t care if your dessert isn’t exactly perfect. Try making a pie from scratch, or bake a show-stopping cake.

It’s a good idea to plan ahead, especially if you are hosting. But just in case time gets away from you, here are some great last-minute recipes that will have guests thinking you spent weeks in the kitchen.