7 Classic Thanksgiving Dishes With a Twist!
Thanksgiving is all about tradition. Year-long I look forward to cracking open that annual can of cranberry sauce—yes, I love the canned stuff! But that doesn't mean we can't switch up our cooking routines in favor of something traditional, but with a twist. Whether your favorite Turkey-Day dish is green beans, mashed potatoes, or stuffing, this modernized menu will help you enjoy classics in a new way. We guarantee you'll earn major applause at the Thanksgiving table.
INSTEAD OF: Pumpkin Pie
A wonderful alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, these baked pumpkin custards are served with spiced ginger-flavored granola for a bit of crunch. Pumpkin makes the perfect based for custard, lending a bit of richness and sweetness as in pumpkin pie, but for those who haven't perfected the art of the perfectly baked pie shell, this dessert can be cooked in personal ramekins.
INSTEAD OF: Green Bean Casserole
Campbell's classic casserole made with green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions is always a creamy and crunchy indulgence, but this gourmet side elevates green beans to the next level. With a bit of sweetness and saltiness, it has a beautiful balance of flavors—and hello, bacon! What's not to love?
INSTEAD OF: Mashed Potatoes
TRY THIS: Celery Root Purée with Toasted Hazelnuts
In my opinion, Thanksgiving dinner is not without a side of mashed potatoes doused in gravy. This delicious mash is made with both potatoes and celery root for extra flavor depth. Chopped toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top add a touch of autumnal flavor, too.
INSTEAD OF: A Pat of Butter
TRY THIS: Thanksgiving Butter With Spicy Honey
Honey and cayenne pepper transform basic unsalted butter into something elegant and intriguing, and the turkey-shaped butter mold takes it to next-level domestic-god status.
INSTEAD OF: Potato Gratin
TRY THIS: Parsnip Gratin with Gruyère and Thyme
Parsnips, a root vegetable closed related to carrots, are totally underrated. If you're feeling potatoed-out on Thanksgiving, but still love the creamy, cheesy qualities of classic potato gratin, try this alternative. Made with gruyère and thyme, it's totally decadent with nice herbal notes.
INSTEAD OF: Day-Old Bread Stuffing
TRY THIS: Cornbread Stuffing
A southern twist on traditional Thanksgiving stuffing made with day-old white, wheat, or what-have-you bread, this cornbread stuffing has a little sweetness that's totally welcome at the table.
What are you cooking this Thanksgiving? Share your menu with us in the comments below!