Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family and friends and enjoy some fantastic food. However, not everyone wants to serve the conventional turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy. Maybe, just maybe, your household wants to try something new. If you’re hoping to experiment with some unique flavors this fall, here are four unconventional Thanksgiving foods that put a twist on some classic favorites.
Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes
While delicious, mashed potatoes can be rather boring without heaps of sour cream, chives, and gravy, they can be transformed by adding a few extra ingredients. Blue cheese mashed potatoes offer rich flavor alongside cheesy goodness. More butter can also add an extra tang. This dish can be perfectly paired with turkey, fish, or pork. This dish is ideal for those who want to try new foods, but aren’t too experienced in the kitchen. Despite requiring only a few ingredients, this starch packs a flavorful punch!
Pesto Green Beans
Green beans are a Thanksgiving staple, often served with a touch of melted butter or in a classic casserole. Punch up the casserole with a new take on this classic fall food by transforming your dish with a dash of pesto. A combination of garlic, basil, and a few other ingredients, pesto is just zesty enough to bring your guests coming back for seconds (or even thirds!). The best thing about pesto is its flexibility. You can manipulate the flavor of your pesto green beans by adding lemon juice for an extra kick, parmesan cheese for creaminess, or nuts for an earthy aftertaste.
While a Thanksgiving turkey is a recognizable centerpiece, not every household fills their ovens with twenty-pound birds. For families that enjoy fish as their protein-filled main dish, oyster dressing makes for a fantastic gravy. Oyster dressing is made with green peppers, onion, diced baguettes, and oysters. This dish does have a bit of a kick to it, as cayenne pepper and hot sauce are often included with the ingredients. However, they can easily be omitted if the heat is too much to handle. When served hot over fish or mashed potatoes, oyster dressing offers a powerhouse of flavor!
Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread—autumn is truly the season for pumpkin-inspired dishes! Those pumpkin cravings can be easily satisfied this Thanksgiving by serving pumpkin biscuits. These treats aren’t overly sweet, offering a more subtle but enjoyable flavor, and they pair well with the dishes on most Thanksgiving menus. Pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and butter lend these biscuits their delicious flavor, and they’ll act as a terrific alternative to the typical slice of bread slathered with butter!