unique Thanksgiving dishes

6 Unique Thanksgiving Dishes to Spice Up Your Holiday Spread

Our last blog post was about some of our favorite delectable Thanksgiving desserts – now it’s time for the main course! If you’re looking to mix it up a bit this year, have we got the recipes for you. These mouthwatering dishes put an exciting twist on old classics, and will surely have your loved ones getting up for seconds. Keep reading below for 6 unique Thanksgiving dishes that will make your holiday spread extra special this year!

1. Melty Pumpkin Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

While scalloped potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side for many, this recipe takes it to the next level with sweet notes of pumpkin and creamy, tangy cheddar cheese. It truly melts in your mouth – and is so easy to pull together!

Find the recipe here: Cooking for Keeps

2. Thyme Blue Cheese Sweet Potatoes

Another unique take on a classic holiday dish, this sweet potato side is so delicious you may not have room for the turkey! Blue cheese adds a tang to the sweet potatoes, while thyme offers an earthy balance. Simple and tasty, you will want to make this all year long. The best part is that it uses a slow cooker, so you can save space and time in the kitchen!

Find the recipe here: Pop Sugar

3. Pull-Apart Garlic Rolls

We promise, you’ll never go back to regular dinner rolls after trying this recipe! This pull-apart bread is buttery, garlicky and dusted with parmesan cheese for an indulgent flavor combination. Though the recipe below calls for two large loaves, these golden rolls are sure to be the first dish to go, so you may want to make extra!

Find the recipe here: The Pioneer Woman

4. Slow-Cooker Corn Pudding

Corn pudding is a much-loved centerpiece of the Thanksgiving spread, so although this recipe isn’t totally unexpected, this hearty and rich version is next level delectable. How can you go wrong with a little salty, a little sweet and a little tangy, pulled together in one creamy slow-cooker meal? Easy, you can’t!

Find the recipe here: Show Me the Yummy

5. Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

One of the best parts about living in Maine is the access to fresh seafood that you just can’t get anywhere else, so why not incorporate it into your Thanksgiving spread this year? Stuffed mushrooms are an easy appetizer for any occasion, and using fresh local crab meat is the perfect way to elevate it for the holidays.

When you make these, roast the mushrooms first before adding the filling to draw out excess moisture – they will end up keeping their shape and with a bit of an extra crisp!

Find the recipe here: The Pioneer Woman

6. Wild Rice Butternut Squash

Last but certainly not least, this hearty wild rice butternut squash is not only visually appealing, but healthy and filling – it could even serve as the main meal for those that don’t eat turkey, and is endlessly adjustable! This recipe calls for a combination of wild rice and white rice, sweet peas and mushrooms, but you could add any vegetables you desire with an equally delicious outcome. Topped with melty cheese (or not!) this easy recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free and oh, so good.

Find the recipe here: Ahead of Thyme

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