Tired of the same old turkey and mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving? For the home chef who wants to try something different this holiday, we've got you!
These non-traditional Thanksgiving dishes are sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting second servings (maybe thirds!). They can be prepared for Christmas & New Year parties as well. Here's our non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu with recipes & dozen of ideas to get you started!
Appetizer: Spiced Pumpkin Hummus With Pita Chips
This flavorful twist on classic hummus is perfect for Fall and is sure to get your guests' appetites whetted for the main event.
- 15 oz can of cherry tomatoes + 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained
- ½ cup pumpkin purée + ¼ cup tahini
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- ½ tsp. cumin + ½ tsp. salt, to taste
- Place the chickpeas in a food processor until they are roughly chopped.
- Add the pumpkin purée, tahini, garlic, olive oil, pumpkin pie spice, cumin, salt, and lemon juice.
- Blend until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and the hummus is smooth.
- Serve with pita chips, sliced cucumber & cherry tomatoes, and enjoy!
Main Course: Potato-Crusted Turkey
This is a unique twist on the traditional turkey dinner that is sure to wow your guests. The potato crust adds a crunchy texture and flavor to the turkey that will have them asking for second servings!
- 1 turkey breast, boneless and skinless
- 2 large potatoes, grated
- ½ cup olive oil
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Herbs of your choice (oregano, rosemary, etc.), to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the turkey breast in a large roasting pan.
- In a bowl, combine the grated potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper, and herbs. Mix until everything is evenly distributed.
- Spread the potato mixture over the turkey breast and pat it down, making sure that the entire surface of the turkey is covered.
- Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the potato crust is golden brown and crispy.
- Let the turkey rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Dessert: Chocolate-Cherry Cake
This dark chocolate and tart cherry flavors are a perfect combination for any festive occasion.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour + ¾ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder + ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt + 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 2 cups pitted cherries, divided
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, beat together the oil and sugar until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
- Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
- Add in the milk and mix until just combined. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
- Fold in 1 ½ cups of the cherries, saving the other ½ cup for topping.
- Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan and top with the remaining cherries.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
9 More Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas
- Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup – a fun, comfort food-style dinner that is sure to be a hit with everyone.
- Roasted Root Vegetables – a colorful and flavorful side dish that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
- Garden Salad – a light salad mix side dish that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
- Butternut Squash Risotto – a creamy and flavorful main course that everyone is sure to love.
- Steam/ Grilled Salmon – a tasty and healthy alternative to the traditional turkey dinner.
- Grilled Lobster – a delicious seafood option that is sure to impress.
- Roasted Beef Tenderloin – a juicy main course that is sure to be a show-stopper.
- Sweet Potato Casserole – a flavorful side dish that can be made ahead of time.
- Apple Crumble Pie – a delicious dessert that will have your guests begging for more.
Tips & Tricks
- Try sprinkling some chopped nuts, dried fruit, or shredded cheese over the top of your dishes for an extra boost of flavor and texture.
- Don’t forget to add a few extra touches such as festive candles, mini pumpkins, and other seasonal decorations for an extra bit of holiday cheer.
- Want some more inspiration - namely creamy scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, apple sausage stuffing, whole roasted chicken & veggies? Watch the below video for a step-by-step tutorial.
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Happy Feasting! Happy Thanksgiving!