Breaking Tradition: Four Thanksgiving Spin-Off Recipes

It’s easy to get stuck in a food rut at Thanksgiving, a holiday feast where the main course is always the same. However, that doesn’t mean that your entire menu has to be the same every year. Switch it up this year with tasty spin-offs of some of your favorite traditional dishes.


If you typically do this: Cheese Plate

Don’t get us wrong; we love cheese in all its glory and all its forms. But here’s the thing: Everybody’s serving trays of cut up cheese, and it can get generic.

Break Tradition: Assorted Cheese Balls

Mix and match flavors with an assortment of cheese balls. The base recipe is the same for all, but adding various cheeses, herbs, spices, nuts and dried fruit takes this cheese selection to the next level.

Side Dish

If you typically do this: Green Bean Casserole

Yeah, we know. That stuff’s amazing. But what if you eliminated the sodium-laden cream of mushroom soup, elevated the presence of the green bean and added…BACON. Ah, now we’ve got your attention.

Break Tradition: Green Bean Bundles

Green Bean Bundles Thanksgiving Alternative

This impressive-looking alternative doesn’t hide the green bean flavor in a creamy pool of salt. Instead, it plays up the flavors with a garlic salt and light brown sugar glaze. Your guests will be delighted to take an individual serving of these bacon-wrapped bundles.


If you typically do this: Mulled Cider

The warming effects of hot cider on a cool Thanksgiving night is incomparable, so we know you’re going to love the adult version.

Break Tradition: Apple Cider Martini

Apple Cider Martini

Although this autumn-inspired cocktail is served chilled, it will warm you up in a split second. Trust us—it’s a one and done sipper.


If you typically do this: Sweet Potato Casserole

The buttery sweet potatoes, the oven-toasted marshmallow topping…we’d be lying if we said this isn’t one of our favorite Thanksgiving sweets. But when taken to the next level, the results are phenomenal.

Break Tradition: Toasted Marshmallow Sweet Potato Crumble

Toasted Marshmallow Sweet Potato Crumble

This recipe calls for less butter and sugar than traditional sweet potato casseroles and is topped with an oat and pecan crumble and a decadent maple-infused marshmallow crème that you may toast to your pleasing.

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