If you’re like me, you’ve probably bored of eating the same things for Thanksgiving. So I am sure you will love these Thanksgiving ideas. Because it doesn’t need to be that way. This upcoming year, I’m planning to spice things up and prepare some new, delicious dishes that will make for an absolutely incredible, and altogether unique, culinary experience.
If none of these ideas pique your interest, there is always this list of other exciting meals to try out for yourself!
Try These Thanksgiving Ideas for Yourself
Bacon Jalapeno Mac ‘N Cheese
When I said, “spice things up,” I meant it literally!
If you want to add some heat to your Thanksgiving dishes, the jalapeño pepper should be your best friend. It is an ideal complement to any dish but goes particularly well in a pot of mac ‘n cheese.
If you want to crank up the heat, even more, you can graduate to the habanero pepper—just make sure that you warn your loved ones, or you might end have to call the fire department! If you and your clan have truly iron stomachs, though, why not add a few ghost peppers and a generous helping of bacon? That my friend is truly a new Thanksgiving idea if you ask me.
The Turducken Challenge
Have you ever wanted to make Thanksgiving a bit more unpredictable?
My family usually cooks a turkey for the holidays, but Mr. Turkey’s feathery friends, Mr. Chicken and Mr. Duck, have recently become a bit jealous about his popularity, so my family and I have decided that the three birds would taste wonderfully combined, and are planning to stuff a chicken into a duck, and then stuff all of that into a turkey.
Jokes aside, these meats mix incredibly well and create the ultimate table centerpiece.
While this dish can be somewhat difficult to prepare, it is ultimately worth the effort and is a great choice for larger families. Personally speaking, the turducken is my favorite dish—it has such a unique flavor profile that can bring renewed life to any Thanksgiving holiday.
If you think that pumpkin pie is the ultimate diet killer, you definitely haven’t heard of the pumpkin cheesecake, which is an exquisite alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. It adds a distinctly vibrant taste to that always has me going back for seconds (and, honestly, thirds). The most important and delectable part of the pumpkin cheesecake, though, is the graham cracker crust, and the cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream that tops it off.
This is an impressive dessert that will launch everyone into a food coma in record time—especially if you pair it with some smooth wines!
Tamales are another spicy way to enhance your Thanksgiving experience.
One of my ex-girlfriends was Mexican and would prepare these wonderful treats when I visited for the holidays. In fact, they became my favorite part of the meal and proved to be so refreshing after eating the same Thanksgiving feasts for years.
Tamales must be cooked carefully and are easy to botch if you’re inexperienced. Thankfully, I’ve picked up the recipe’s subtleties, and it’s a very flexible dish once you get the hang of it!
Depending on your preferences, you can actually substitute the pineapple with other fruits. In my opinion, though, there’s something about pineapple that is highly festive and fitting for Thanksgiving.
This dish might turn some heads at first, but little do your picky kids and family members know that the combination works beautifully and is quite famous in Montgomery, Alabama.
The best part of the pineapple casserole is that it is hearty and can pair well with the rest of the table’s dishes; it’s an exciting combination of ideas that is only elevated by the pineapple’s sweet, juicy, and slightly exotic flavor profile!
Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans
If your kids hate vegetables, bacon-wrapped green beans are a tricky way to get them to enjoy a wonderful side dish. Green beans are delicious on their own but wrapping bacon around them is an extra chef’s kiss, one of my newest Thanksgiving ideas this year.
After devouring all of these dishes, you might feel a little guilty, especially if you snuck a slice of that pumpkin cheesecake before the festivities began, but it’s an important part of the Thanksgiving tradition to indulge!
In any case, I can’t wait to incorporate these Thanksgiving ideas into my holiday menu. My guests might be surprised, but I’m certain that they’ll love every bite as much as I will. Heaven knows, though, that I’ll be needing some CoolSculpting once I down 2 or 3 plates!