Thanksgiving is nearly here, which means it's time to break out the old recipe book. You will need to make a turkey, of course, but what if you were to add a bit of zing to the rest of the meal by changing up the side dishes? That's not to say you shouldn't serve traditional dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing, but you could add a twist or two that would make this particular holiday spread unforgettable.
So how do you go about making the traditional foods on your table seem a bit more exciting? Check out the ideas below for a bit of inspiration.
Thanksgiving Stuffing with a Twist
Let's begin with one of the most traditional of all side dishes: the stuffing. Stuffing is one of those dishes that is either very good or very bad, with very little room for anything in between. Put a spin on this side dish by usingone of Rachel Ray's recipes which includes an everything bagel with bacon idea.
Spicy Green Bean Casserole
Thanksgiving just wouldn't be complete without a green bean casserole. Kick things up a notch this year with this spicy green bean casserole dish from Better Homes and Gardens for the spice seekers in your family and watch as their eyes light up, smiles spread across their faces, and their eyes begin to water.
Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Few things are more pleasing to the palate than a delicious helping of mashed potatoes. Fortunately, there are many great ways to make a good batch of mashed potatoes, and by finding the perfect recipe, you can be a crowd-pleaser year after year. Still not sure what your perfect potato recipe is? No problem! This creamy make-ahead mashed potato recipe from Taste of Home is a delicious take on a classic recipe that can be made before the day of your family gathering.
Ginger-Streusel Pumpkin Pie
Last but certainly not least, you must serve a dessert. This ginger-streusel pumpkin pie recipe found on the Taste of Home website takes pumpkin pie to a whole new level by combining classic holiday flavors. Be sure to top it with whipped cream! By serving up a delicious dessert that offers a unique twist on an old favorite, you can please both the traditionalists and the more progressive members of your group, making sure everyone has a pleasant holiday.
These four new takes on classic Thanksgiving side dishes are sure to bring some excitement to your table. Have fun mixing it up a bit, and be sure to find out what the family thinks of the changes and additions.