Thanksgiving is almost here, where families across the country take time to give thanks for many blessings.
And as every mom knows, with Thanksgiving comes the delicious spread of food!
So if you’re looking for a creative dish to make this year, relax, we’ve got you covered!
Sure, it’s good to cook the staples – sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and of course, turkey.
But if you’re looking to throw in a fun dish, here are some new ideas you can try:
1. Turkey Sliders:
Ok, don’t panic just yet. We aren’t telling you to give up cooking a full turkey feast!
But while the turkey is roasting, and your guests are starving, you can serve up these fun sliders.
Serve up ground turkey on mouth-watering biscuits combined with homemade stuffing and cranberries.
These sliders are sure to be a hit, and can prepare your guests for the feast that is about to come!
2. Bacon Stuffing:
Thanksgiving is not complete without stuffing.
But this twist includes everything bagels and bacon!
I mean let’s face it – everything is better with bacon.
And the best part of all, this dish requires very few ingredients (most of them you probably have in your pantry).
Rachel Ray Every Day lists the ingredients and cooking instructions:
- 3 – 4 large everything bagels, thinly sliced, then cut into 2-inch-long pieces (about 6 cups)
- 12 slices bacon (12 oz.) , chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 eggs
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees . Spread the bagel pieces on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until toasted, about 30 minutes; let cool. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees .
- In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the onion to the bacon drippings and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the broth and the eggs; season. Add the bagel pieces, bacon, onion and parsley; toss to combine. Let stand, tossing occasionally, for 15 minutes. Transfer to a greased shallow 2 1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake until the top is browned, about 45 minutes.
3. Green Bean Casserole Twist:
Thanksgiving isn’t complete without green bean casserole!
This classic dish has been served for decades for a reason – it hits the spot every time.
And the best part of all is the crunchy fried onions on top.
But this year, try something different and replace the store-bought fried onions with actual onion rings on top!
You can find multiple recipes to make your own onion rings and fry ‘em up– including gluten free options like almond flour for the breading!
No, this isn’t your grandmother’s’ dish, but it’s sure to be a hit!
4. Pumpkin Pie:
We’re ending this list with pumpkin pie.
And instead of giving out a hip new recipe, we recommend using your traditional family one.
After all, one of the most beautiful parts about Thanksgiving is passing down family recipes from generation to generation.
However, you can spice it up with the topping!
Whipped cream is always a favorite, but try a couple other ideas this year.
You can replace the whipped cream with fresh vanilla ice cream.
Or, add some fun flavor to the whip cream with cinnamon and pecans.
You can even throw some chocolate or caramel on top.
Take your pick and try one of these unique Thanksgiving sides.
You may end up adding a new favorite dish to future family celebrations.
With classic Thanksgiving dishes, your bold dish will be a bright contrast, and sure to turn heads, and satisfy hungry tummies.
Be sure to check out our other Thanksgiving dishes for more great ideas!
(h/t Mommy Underground)