10 Fun Recipes to Surprise the Family with this Thanksgiving
Take a moment to picture the ideal Thanksgiving feast, and a few things should immediately spring into your mind—turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. These are a few of the delectable treats many Americans will sit down to eat this Thursday. However, what if you were to replace one of the traditional Thanksgiving staples with a unique alternative? Your family’s initial reaction may not be very welcoming, but the minute they try these treats, the anger will fade away into a full stomach.
- Spicy Carrot and Ginger Soup with Harissa from Serious Eats – Most people take eating very seriously on Thanksgiving, so this recipe from a blog entitled “Serious Eats” fits the mold perfectly. Starting your Thanksgiving meal out with this vegan soup is sure to get the party started.
- Alaskan Halibut Cioppino from Williams-Sonoma – Remember that episode of Everybody Loves Raymond when Debra decided to replace the turkey with fish, much to the horror of the entire family? Well, even though we were on the side of the turkey-lovers, there are some delicious fish recipes that will fit in well with Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, seafood was an important part of the first Thanksgiving, so why not release your inner pilgrim with some Alaskan halibut?
- Oatmeal Walnut Butterscotch Pie from Sugar Hero – Speaking of the pilgrims, 200 years after they celebrated the first Thanksgiving, they wish they could join us at our dinner table and enjoy this delicious recipe! Even though pumpkin pie is the traditional route for capping off the meal, Oatmeal Walnut Butterscotch Pie has the power to become a new family ritual.
- Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake from McCormick – Sometimes it’s fun to take a classic recipe and add a twist. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake combines two favorite desserts into one, and it’s worth a try.
- Asian Pear and Apple Pie from Brooklyn Supper – Yes, we are aware that the past three recipes have been some kind of pie. And that’s not a bad thing. Maybe the best way to avoid the many trials of getting a full dinner together is to only serve dessert to your guests.
- Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from Pinch of Yum – For many on diets, Thanksgiving is the one day where it’s okay to forget calorie counting and go crazy. If you’re going to stick to a low-cal meal, we applaud your willpower! This healthy mac and cheese recipe (yes, you read that right) is an awesome addition to typical Thanksgiving fare.
- Thanksgiving Leftovers from the Pioneer Woman – First of all, it’s probably a bad idea to serve leftovers to your guests on Thanksgiving. Even though this blog post is about what to serve guests on Thanksgiving, part of the joy of the holiday are the food treats that keep on giving, and these recipes for Spring Rolls, Turkey and Swiss Paninis, Turkey Tetrazzini, and Turkey Pot Pie are fun ways to use up those delicious leftovers.
- Candied Yams from the Food Network – No family holiday is complete without a rousing argument between family members. If you’d rather enjoy the peace and harmony of Thanksgiving, satisfy the entire family with delicious yams.
- Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts from the Foo
d Network – Vegetables aren’t usually the highlight of a Thanksgiving feast, but they should be. When prepared right, this dish will cause you to forget the turkey even existed. Well, probably not. It’s worth a try, though, and this recipe will help.
- Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner from the people you care about – Let’s be honest, all of these recipes look delicious (at least in the opinion of this writer). Still, nothing beats sharing the table with friends, family, and loved ones who make each day a little bit brighter. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Feinberg Consulting. We hope you enjoy your holiday (and meal) on a day dedicated to remembering what’s truly important!