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13 Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas You Need to Try this Year!

by Ann Ferguson

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and no doubt you're planning every little detail to the fullest. Especially dinner! But sometimes, planning that dinner menu is hard — so many people have different diets!

So rather than cook the same large turkey that will only get half-eaten, why not try something new this year? Why not try something a little non-traditional? Not only will you expand your menu, but you'll also surprise and wow all your guests! And with these recipes, your home will become the place for every holiday.

1. Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Delicious pumpkins soup

The first thing to try is a little pumpkin soup. Sure, you might have pumpkin pies cooling off from the oven, but sometimes some soup is just the thing to bring in the holiday season. But be careful with the nutmeg — it can be a little overpowering.

2. Vegan Meatloaf

It might sound like an oxymoron, but this vegan meatloaf recipe is more than worth a try. The loaf is filled with vegetables, yummy chickpeas, and protein. Serve it with a side of roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts, and you'll have a new favorite on your hands!

But if you don't like chickpea flavor, you can try substituting it for mushrooms and lima beans!

3. Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

Bite-sized and incredibly delicious, this pepperoni basil tomato puff recipe is sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser for kids and adults! The mix of puff pastry, pepperoni slices, and parmesan is something your taste buds will thank you for.

4. Pumpkin Curry

Bowl of pumpkin curry

Don't limit yourself by thinking pumpkin is only good for pies and soups — you can make curry too! Thai curry, to be exact, is more than we expected; just make sure to give yourself plenty of time to make it!

Be warned that this recipe contains fish sauce, but you can easily swap it out with soy sauce (or remove it altogether!).

5. Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheese Balls

Jalapeno popper cheese balls

If you like spicy, you'll love this bacon jalapeno popper cheese ball recipe! And the best part is that it only takes 10 minutes to make so that you can free up more of your busy Thanksgiving schedule.

6. Cheddar Corndog Mini Muffins

Corndogs and mini muffins don't go together — or do they? They certainly do with this cheddar corndog mini muffin recipe, and the kids’ table is sure to go wild! This recipe yields 12 to 15 muffins and only takes about 20 minutes to make (so long as you remember to preheat your oven first!).

7. Apple Pie Shot

If you're looking for fun ideas for your Friendsgiving party, try this apple pie shot recipe! But don't worry; you won't be using actual apple pie. Just a mix of apple cider, vodka, and cinnamon instead! This will surely get everyone into the Thanksgiving spirit!

8. Grapefruit & Goat Cheese Fennel Salad

Looking for more healthy things to serve this Thanksgiving? This grapefruit & goat cheese fennel salad recipe is just the thing. All the veggies are winter-friendly, but you don't have to stick to them if you don't like them. Most of the ingredients are swappable!

9. Fancy Crusted Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potato dish

There are so many ways to prepare potatoes, and here's one more! This fancy-crusted rosemary scalloped potatoes recipe takes your Thanksgiving spread to a new level with a beautiful potato crust on the outside and creamy rosemary potatoes on the inside. So delicious!

10. Sweet Potato Streusel Casserole with Coconut

No Thanksgiving spread is really complete without a casserole, but this gem will undoubtedly take the cake. With this sweet potato streusel casserole recipe, you'll blow away everyone's taste buds, especially if they have a sweet tooth!

11. Carrot Mushroom Turkey Hand Pies

When it comes to the holidays, you can't go wrong with pie — including these carrot mushroom turkey hand pies! Not only is the recipe simple to make, but it's easy to customize to people's preferences. This way, everyone will get exactly what they want for Thanksgiving!

12. Vegetable Casserole

If you're looking for more variety with non-meat dishes, check out this vegetable casserole recipe! This recipe calls for your inner-French chef by combining ratatouille and potatoes au gratin into one spectacular dish. Everyone will get a helping of vegetables with a delicious topping of cheese!

13. Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Butter pecan cheesecake

Cheesecake might be pretty standard fare, but what about butter pecan cheesecake? That first bite might be a little tangy, but the next one will blow you away! While it takes a long time to make, the smiles on everyone's faces are definitely worth the trouble!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now that you have more non-traditional Thanksgiving recipe ideas, it's time to start perfecting them! But if you're constantly dealing with cold spots in your oven or an extra-long preheat time, you should upgrade your cooking appliances before the big day. And at C & J Electric Maytag Home Appliance Center , we'll help you find what you need just in time for the holiday feasts!

If you have any questions, please give us a call or stop by! We'll help you prepare for all that future cooking!