8 Thanksgiving Recipes & Menu Ideas that will Surprise and Delight your Family

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Do you enjoy changing things up every so often? This Thanksgiving Holiday, how about spicing up your Thanksgiving menu and delighting your family with both traditional and non-traditional cuisine?

During the Holidays, I love to experiment with different recipes and this year is no exception.  In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes (turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potato, mashed potatoes, pie, etc.), I typically include 2 to 3 recipes that I’ve collected and saved throughout the year.

In lieu of Quotable Mondays and as a token of my gratitude to you for visiting and following my blog throughout the year, I thought it was only fitting to share 8 of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes and menu ideas. Some are tried and true while others are recent discoveries that I’m eager to try out this Thanksgiving Holiday!

I hope that these recipes will be helpful to you as you create your Thanksgiving menu and surprise and delight your family as much as they do mine.

Main Dishes

Scott Conant’s Moist-Roasted Capretto

Lamb Stew with Raisins


Beet, Berry and Sorrel Spring Salad


Orange Soy Glazed Scallops

Kalua Crostini

I love this appetizer because it’s not only a hit with adults, but also with kids too!

Please see the recipe for the Kalua Crostini below.

Side Dish

Potato Latkes


Assorted Pies


Liquor Flavored Ice Cream 

We know it’s Winter but liquor flavored ice cream paired with warm pie (my favorite way to have it) is just too delightful to pass up!

Kalua Crostini Recipe

1 baguette, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved

12 oz Kalua pork, chicken, or turkey shredded

2 Tbsp. very finely minced shallots or sweet onions

1 c. (about 4 oz.) Havarti cheese, grated or finely chopped

Half head cabbage, shredded

Minced green onions or chives for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice baguette, arrange slices on oven rack, and toast 2 to 3 minutes per side, just until golden brown. Rub one side of each toasted baguette slice with sliced garlic.  Place shredded kalua in microwave-safe dish with shallots and onions. Microwave on medium heat for 3 minutes. Stir grated cheese.  Place oven on broil. Top baguette slices with a little shredded cabbage and a mound of kalua pork mixture, then garnish with green onions. Broil briefly. Serve piping hot.  Since I like spicy food, I typically garnish with a little Siracha sauce as well. 

Source: Entertaining Island Style: 101 Great Recipes and Tips from Hawaii, by Wanda A. Adams

Bon appetite! Hope you have a most wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and weekend!

Any Thanksgiving recipes to share?

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