Eats – An Un/Traditional Thanksgiving Menu


Turkey, cranberry, pumpkin pie: it’s all essential for a Thanksgiving meal. But it doesn’t mean it has to be the same old boring recipes. You can cook with familiar flavors like nutmeg, sage, and cloves while producing unfamiliar and exciting dishes that will be sure to wow your guests. Here are a few suggestions to get your wheels turning.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chicken Liver Pate



An impressive appetizer that is easy to make and will have the the in-laws wrapped around your little finger. Try using duck liver instead of chicken liver and garnish with fresh sage for a proper ode to Thanksgiving.

Recipe on the Greedy Gourmet.

Apple and Beet Soup



Both good looking and good for you, this soup features seasonal and healthy ingredients that will rock any Thanksgiving get-together. Add more of the required liquids to make it thinner if you are serving as an appetizer. And forget the bread because there are plenty more courses to come.

Recipe on Country Living.

Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna



Throw a little Italian tradition in your Thanksgiving menu by adding this gorgeous pasta course. It’s surprising, warming and yeah, absolutely delicious. Use gluten-free lasagna noodles for those guests with an aversion to wheat.

Recipe on Martha Stewart’s County Living.

Slow-Cooked Broccoli with Lemon Breadcrumbs



Broccoli – you either love it or hate it. But add some lemon and crunch from the breadcrumbs and everyone will get a little more in touch with their healthier green side. Consider this a warm-up to everyone’s inevitable New Year’s resolution: Eat better.

Recipe on The Kitchn.

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes



As we’ve mentioned before, creamy, fatty mashed potatoes are sometimes so necessary. But don’t forget the potato is also a healthy vegetable chock full of potassium. Forget the butter and cream, mix in some olive oil and you’re back on track to a healthy side dish. Consider doubling the oil in this recipe to make your mash even creamier. Don’t worry, olive oil is the good kind of fat.

Recipe on Aloshas Kitchen.

Roasted Turkey Breast, Porchetta Style



If you don’t want to cook a whole bird, just get a skin-on turkey breast. It will save you time, effort and money. And there’s nothing like slabs of bacon to keep your turkey breast from drying out.

Recipe on Fine Cooking.

Individual Pumpkin Pie Brulee



Grab one of those kitchen torches because they are cheap and because they are torches. Don’t be intimidated by making the top “brulee” because it’s as easy as pie. Just aim your fire at a layer of turbino sugar and voila! You have made a super fancy desert.

Recipe on the Food Network site.

Cranberry, Pistachio and White Chocolate Bark



For a final course to nosh on while watching the parade and the 49’ers (!) try some homemade chocolate bark. Melt some white chocolate over some dried cranberries and pistachios. Sparingly sprinkle sea salt on the chocolate before it hardens. Once it’s solid, break it apart in large chunks and serve it with some espresso. Oh yes.

Recipe on Brown Eyed Baker.

What Are You Eating?

We love talking food. Let us know what your meal plans are for this year’s Thanksgiving so we can salivate at our computers.

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  • @janicetropy11:disqus – I know. It reminds me of this one graphic I saw on Pinterest once that said, My grandparents called organic food just food. Or something way more cleverly put – you get the idea. It’s freaking sad.

    As for the bark, I made it for Thanksgiving actually and it was a huge hit. I simple melted white chocolate in the microwave, poured it onto a wax paper-lined baking tray and then dropped in dried cranberries and pistachios. 

    I also made a dark chocolate with peanuts and marshmallows and a dark chocolate with shredded coconut, granola and dried blueberry. I have to say, the coconut/granola/blueberry was the best. Gotta make that again…

  • Karen Anderson

    I remember the good old days wherein the turkey from the supermarkets are free from hormone and antibiotics, good thing there are still some stores that sells organic turkeys. Do you have the recipe for the White Chocolate Bark? I would love to try it.

  • Well thats good cause everyone everywhere has something to be thankful for, amiright? Also, im sure you want some good ol fashion thankgivin food in ur face.

  • Well Dominique and I are having a big Thanksgiving dinner in Paris and you’re invited!! Audrey will be there ………

  • Sister E

    Ces recettes ont vraiment l’air d’être très très bonne … dommage qu’il n’y ait pas Thanksgiving en France.

    Et, vraiment, les images du blog sont plus que bien : la photo devant la dinde  … j’adore