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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas to Try This Year

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Hosting Thanksgiving this year? If you want to serve something unexpected, these fall menu ideas might give you the cooking inspiration you need.


Turkey sliders. While guests wait for the mains to be served, give them a taste of what’s to come with these turkey sliders, which includes roasted turkey patties sandwiched in biscuits with some cranberry sauce on top. This appetizer brings you Thanksgiving favorites served in a new and exciting way.

These are also a great leftover sandwich for the morning after Thanksgiving – set aside all that leftover turkey, and serve with Southern-style biscuits made with stuffing .

Visit Good Housekeeping for the recipe.


Mayonnaise roasted turkey. Sound weird? You’ll be surprised – not only will this quick and easy turkey recipe will reduce your dinner prep time, it will also a give your dinner guests something to talk about.

Mayonnaise roasted turkey is moist and tasty, and requires very few ingredients, including herbs, seasoning, onions, celery, butter, and of course, mayo.

She Wears Many Hats has the recipe.

Deep-fried sriracha turkey. Here’s another unconventional recipe for Thanksgiving – serve turkey with an Asian spin using this Thai chili sauce as marinade and deep frying it in peanut or corn oil.

You can also serve this with sriracha gravy made with turkey stock, flour, margarine, and sriracha to taste.

Go to Tori Avey for the recipe.

Oyster kimchi stuffing. If you want to go with a traditional turkey marinade, you can give this Thanksgiving dish a unique flair by pairing it with oyster kimchi stuffing. A wonderful mix of fermented cabbage, bacon, oyster liquor, Tabasco sauce, and gochujang (Korean red chili paste), this stuffing will get a few tongues wagging.

Head over to Lady & Pups for the recipe.


Fried mashed potato balls. If you want something beyond the usual mashed potatoes, this Delish recipe might just be what you need – this tasty side dish is made with bacon, cheddar cheese, chives, spices, eggs, and bread crumbs. You can also use this recipe to reinvigorate your mashed potatoes leftovers the following morning.

Holiday cauliflower. Another Delish recipe, this dish calls for one large head of cauliflower covered in herbs and spice, to be oven-baked until slightly charred. You can also prepare some gravy to be served with this side dish using vegetable broth, butter, flour, mushrooms, and herbs.

Jalapeño cornbread muffins. Give your corn muffins something extra this year by including jalapeno peppers, honey, and spices in your recipe. This minor tweak gives this traditional side dish some kick and a bit of color.

Damn Delicious has the recipe.

Herbed feta biscuits. Give your biscuits a Mediterranean spin with this recipe from Pop Sugar. What really make this dish are two key ingredients: feta, a world-famous variety of Greek cheese, and herbes de Provence, a uniquely French mix of herbs that includes thyme, rosemary, tarragon, basil, parsley, fennel, and marjoram in its most basic form.


Cranberry ice cream. A Thanksgiving staple, no dinner is complete without a serving of Cranberry sauce. But how about serving it in ice cream form? This easy recipe only requires whipping cream, milk, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, and frozen cranberries.

Taste of Home shares their recipe here.

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