15 Unique Thanksgiving Recipes to Make This Year

Todd Sledge November 7, 2023

While it’s cold outside and the trees are bare, there are many things to look forward to this time of year — including Thanksgiving! This cherished holiday is a time for gratitude, togetherness, and, of course, feasting.
While we all have our favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes, why not add a creative twist to your menu this year? We’re embarking on a culinary adventure, exploring a collection of unique Thanksgiving recipes that will not only tantalize your taste buds but also delight your family and friends. Whether you’re hosting your very first Thanksgiving dinner or you’re a seasoned pro looking to switch things up, these innovative recipes are sure to make your Thanksgiving celebration one to remember.

Pumpkin and Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

From Cooking for Keeps
Take a break from mashed potatoes and try scalloped potatoes this year — with an unexpected twist. These creamy potatoes are made with pumpkin puree and cheddar cheese, providing the perfect blend of savory and sweet! Get the recipe here.

White Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin

From Cooking Classy
Cauliflower on its own can be pretty plain — but in this case, a rich and creamy cheddar cheese sauce makes this dish anything but plain. This white cheddar cauliflower gratin is packed with flavor — sprinkled with crispy bread crumbs, salty bacon and fresh parsley. Get the recipe here.

Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing

From Pinch of Yum
With all the bread, sweets and meat on the table, we can sometimes forget to add some greens to the Thanksgiving menu. This autumn glow salad is packed with nutrients and fall flavor in the form of roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, grains and apples. Get the recipe here.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

From Alexandra Cooks
Lasagna is an unexpected Thanksgiving dish — but with butternut squash as the star of the show, it only makes sense to include in your spread. This particular recipe is made with mushrooms, Swiss chard, no-boil noodles, mozzarella, parmesan, and a creamy butternut squash sauce. Get the recipe here.

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Corn

From Spicy Southern Kitchen
Take your typical corn husks to the next level with this grilled garlic parmesan corn, made with butter, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, fresh basil, and finely grated parmesan cheese. Get the recipe here.

Butternut Tabbouleh

From Cookie and Kate
For another light healthy side, consider making this winter tabbouleh salad, which features butternut squash instead of tomatoes — plus some dried cranberries! It’s fresh and light, but packs so much flavor. Get the recipe here.

No Bake Caramel Swirl Apple Butter Cheesecake

From Homemade in the Kitchen
With so many dishes coming in and out of the oven, you’ll want a dish that doesn’t take up valuable oven space, like this no bake caramel swirl apple butter cheesecake, made with a homemade graham cracker crust and topped with a caramel swirl. Get the recipe here.

Cranberry Baked Brie

From Averie Cooks
While everything is cooking, keep the group satisfied with this simple, delectable appetizer. This baked cranberry brie is salty, tart and sweet all at the same time! Get the recipe here.

Twice-Baked Acorn Squash With Maple Butter and Pecans

From A Cozy Kitchen
These cute little boats are the perfect side! You’ll fill acorn squash halves with a potato/acorn squash mixture topped with chopped pecans. Get the recipe here.

Pomegranate-Glazed Carrots With Whipped Goat Cheese

From Dishing Out Health
Pomegranates and carrots are something we don’t always see together. In this case, the marriage is incredible, made even better with whipped goat cheese. But the best part? This recipe only requires five ingredients! Get the recipe here.

Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese

From Well Plated by Erin
Mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts are both common sides at the Thanksgiving table. But putting them together? Divine. This Brussels sprouts mac and cheese is the perfect way to sneak some vegetables into everyone’s favorite cheesy dish. Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Gingersnap Ice Cream

From Girl vs. Dough
What’s better than ice cream? Homemade ice cream! This delicious ice cream combines some of our favorite fall/winter flavors, including pumpkin pie spice, gingersnaps and vanilla. Get the recipe here.

Cranberry Brie Pastry Tarts

From Half-Baked Harvest
While everyone’s hovered around the kitchen asking how much time is left for the turkey, satisfy their hunger with these quick and easy cranberry brie pastry tarts, a flaky pastry everyone will love. Get the recipe here.

Delicata Squash Bake with Tahini Sauce

From Minimalist Baker
This dish is “a symphony of texture and flavor,” combining baked delicata squash with a creamy tahini sauce, pomegranates, hazelnuts and fresh parsley. And because this recipe comes from the Minimalist Baker, it involves just nine ingredients and takes only 30 minutes to prepare! Get the recipe here.

Roasted Sweet Potato Stacks

From Tin Eats
Branch out from mashed sweet potatoes or a sweet potato casserole with these roasted sweet potato stacks, which taste as good as they look. They have crispy edges and are topped with rosemary to complement the sweet potato flavor. Get the recipe here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

No matter what you serve this Thanksgiving, we hope you have a wonderful holiday spent with loved ones.

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