It’s almost turkey time again, but this Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a carbon copy of last year’s meal. Think outside the (stuffing) box and serve up something different this time around. Be sure to prepare your guests in advance so they’re not disappointed that you decided not to offer the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Hopefully they’ll realize that making new traditions is worth forgoing the usual fare.
Caprese Bites – Fresh and delicious, these bites are the perfect palate pleaser.
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops – Salty and savory, these will get your tummy rumbling.
Shrimp and Grits Bites – Put some south in your mouth with this lowcountry flavor combination.
Chicken Pot Pie – Nothing says comfort food like soul-warming chicken pot pie.
Lobster – Drawn butter and crustacean meat makes for an upscale Thanksgiving day.
Fondue – Whether you opt for meat, or cheese, fondue, it’s a fun and communal dish to share with your guests!
Green Bean Casserole
Cornbread with Apple Butter – Nothing’s finer than fresh-baked cornbread with a dollop of smooth apple butter on top.
Sweet Potato Fries – If you absolutely must have sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving day, why not make them finger food?
Broccoli Au Gratin – Warm and cheesy and healthy to boot.
Rice Pudding with Raisins – Skip the cranberry sauce and go for this sweet side dish instead.
Apple, Cranberry, Walnut Salad – This decadent salad puts its boring counterpart to shame.
Asian Pear Sparkler – Having many of the same spices of apple cider, Asian pear sparkler is a cool twist on a classic.
Hot Buttered Rum – The name alone is tantalizing!
Café Mocha – There’s always room for coffee, and adding chocolate makes it a special occasion beverage.