Add a New Twist to Boring Thanksgiving Dinner Favorites

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, a lot of us are looking for new ways to make a few of our traditional favorites a little more exciting.  Eating the same thing, cooked the same way, over and over again each year can easily bore our taste buds.  Try substituting at least one new dish this year to spice things up a bit.

DRINKS

Apple Pie Martini | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Apple Pie Martini by Tablespoon: A blend of fresh apples, apple jack, and apple cider; with just a touch of cinnamon.

Autumn Apple Cider and Champagne Sangria | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Autumn Apple Cider & Champagne Sangria by Kiran Tarun: Cabernet Sauvignon, apple cider, dried fruit, apples, and spice topped off with a splash of champagne.

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Creamy Pumpkin Coffee by Giggles, Gobbles, & Gulps: Coffee with a bit of pumpkin puree, spice, and milk.

Hot Spiced Apple Pear Cider | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Hot Spiced Apple-Pear Cider by Paula Deen: Spices steeped in apple cider and pear juice or nectar.

APPETIZERS

Spiced Apple Swedish Meatballs | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Spiced Apple Swedish Meatballs by A Spicy Perspective: Pork sausage and ground beef in an apple butter, sour cream, and spicy honey sauce.

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple and Gruyere Bites | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple, & Gruyère Bites by Table for Two: Puffed pastry topped with caramelized onion, mushroom, apple, and Gruyère cheese.

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck: Deviled eggs with a pumpkin and mayo filling, topped with candied pecans and bacon.

Texas Cranberry Chutney | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Texas Cranberry Chutney by Southern Living: Crushed pineapple and whole-berry cranberry sauce infused with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger, jalapeno, and green onion.  (Serve over room temperature cream cheese with crackers.)

POTATOES

Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Caramelized Onion-and-Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes by Southern Living: Mashed Yukon gold potatoes with caramelized onions, gorgonzola cheese, and fresh rosemary.

Poblano Potato Gratin | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Poblano Potato Gratin by Table for Two: Yukon gold potatoes, corn, and roasted poblanos in a creamy Monterey Jack sauce.

Shrimp Stuffed Sweet Potatoes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Shrimp Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Bobby Deen: Sweet potatoes over-flowing with a combination of shrimp, sour cream, spinach, and cheese.

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes by ChinDeep: Red potatoes mashed with Romano cheese and horseradish, and then drizzled with browned butter.

SIDES

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad by Family Spice: Quinoa mixed with fresh cranberries, orange, pomegranate, mint, and mixed nuts.

Southwestern Roasted Butternut Squash | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Southwestern Roasted Butternut Squash by Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice: Butternut squash roasted in a Chile powder, cumin, paprika, and red pepper coating.

Smoky Creamed Corn with Bacon & Scallions | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Smoky Creamed Corn with Bacon & Scallions by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck: Corn, Bacon, and Scallions in a Chipotle Chile cream sauce.

Onion Gremolata Green Beans | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Onion & Gremolata Green Beans by Every Day with Rachel Ray: Green beans and onions sprinkled with an orange gremolata.

STUFFING

Stuffed Pumpkin | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Stuffed Pumpkin by JJ Begonia: Sugar Pie Pumpkin filled with bacon, Gruyère, and spinach stuffing.

Prosciutto and Pear Stuffing | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Prosciutto and Pear Stuffing by LaaLoosh: Multi-grain baguette mixed with fresh herbs, pears, prosciutto, and hazelnuts.

Pepperoni Stuffing | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Pepperoni Stuffing by Life with Lisa: Italian bread stuffing with chopped pepperoni, garlic, onion, and celery.

Everything Bagel and Bacon Stuffing | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Everything Bagel & Bacon Stuffing by Every Day with Rachel Ray: Bacon and onion blended with everything bagels in chicken broth.

TURKEY

Deena Carter's Turkey Breast Stuffed with Creamed Collard Greens | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Deena Carter’s Turkey Breast Stuffed with Creamed Collard Greens by The Chew: Skinless turkey breast halves stuffed with a collard green, goat cheese, and cream cheese filling.

Cranberry BBQ Turkey | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Cranberry BBQ Turkey by Better Homes and Gardens: Roasted spice-rubbed turkey finished with a cranberry barbecue sauce.

Herb-Crusted Turkey Breast with Mushroom-Leek Stuffing | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Herb-Crusted Turkey Breast with Mushroom-Leek Stuffing by Whole Foods Market: Butterflied boneless turkey breast rubbed with herbs and filled with a mushroom-leek stuffing.

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Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey by Cooking on the Weekends: Whole brined turkey rubbed in a herb infused butter, then covered in strips of bacon.

DESSERTS

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Bourbon Pecan Frosting | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting by Half Baked Harvest: Chocolate bourbon cupcakes filled with a bourbon pecan pie filling and topped with a butter pecan frosting.

Apple Chai Pie | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Apple Chai Pie by Box of Spice: Double crust apple pie with a chai spice flavor.

Clean Eating Pumpkin Ice Cream | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Clean Eating Pumpkin Ice Cream by The Gracious Pantry: Frozen blended bananas, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and maple syrup.

Bruleed Pumpkin Pie | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Bruleed Pumpkin Pie by Martha Stewart: Pumpkin pie filling covered with a burnt caramel topping.




  • Thanks so much for including my Stuffed Pumpkin here, Colleen! There are a lot of cool ideas in this post!!!

  • Everything about it just sounds so wonderful, I’m thinking I may use the stuffing in three carnival squash that have been lying on my counter for a couple of weeks.

  • Thanks so much for sharing my Smoky Paprika Bacon Roasted Turkey! All of these look amazing!

  • Thank you Valentina, your turkey just looked SO AMAZING!

  • vol1ballbabe

    Wow! These all looks so unbelievably delicious, thanks for sharing (and teasing my taste buds)!!!

  • Valentina Kenney

    Oh my gosh, all of these recipes look amazing. Thanks for including my bacon wrapped turkey! 🙂

    • Colleen

      All turkey should be wrapped in bacon!