25 Dishes That Scream "Thanksgiving" That You Need To Try

25 Dishes That Scream "Thanksgiving" That You Need To Try

Hey there, foodies and festive friends! As the leaves turn and the air gets crisp, it's time to think about the most awaited feast of the year: Thanksgiving! But let's shake things up a bit, shall we? Forget the same old, same old. I'm here to bring you 25 sensational fall recipes that'll make your Thanksgiving not just traditional, but truly memorable. Let's dive into a world of flavours where each dish brings its unique twist to your festive table!

1. Cranberry-Orange Glazed Turkey

No more boring birds! Give your turkey a zesty makeover with a cranberry-orange glaze. The tangy sweetness of cranberries mixed with a citrusy punch turns your turkey from typical to tantalizing. Plus, the glaze gives it a gorgeous, glossy finish that'll have everyone Instagramming before eating!

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2. Savory Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Seeds

Soup's on, and it's pumpkin-licious! No fall meal is complete without a good 'ol soup on the table. This creamy pumpkin soup is the hug your soul needs. Roasted pumpkin pureed to perfection, seasoned with autumn spices, and finished with toasted pumpkin seeds for a delightful crunch. It's like fall in a bowl.

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3. Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Say goodbye to bland spuds and hello to maple-roasted sweet potatoes! These babies are tossed in pure maple syrup and roasted until they're caramelized and tender. The sweetness of maple pairs beautifully with the natural flavor of the sweet potatoes, creating a side dish that steals the show.

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4. Herb-Infused Stuffing

Stuffing doesn't have to be a snooze-fest. Freshen it up with a mix of herbs like sage, thyme, and rosemary. The aroma itself is enough to make your mouth water, and the blend of herbs adds depth and dimension to this classic side.

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5. Cranberry-Pecan Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole with a twist! Add cranberries for a pop of tartness and pecans for a nutty crunch. It's a refreshing take on a traditional dish that'll have your guests coming back for seconds... and thirds! Plus, it'll add some colour to your Thanksgiving table, which is always a nice bonus. 

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6.  Apple Cider Brined Turkey

Brine your turkey in apple cider for a juicy, flavourful twist on a classic. The cider infuses the turkey with a subtle sweetness and keeps the meat incredibly moist. It's a simple step that makes a world of difference in taste and texture.

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7. Butternut Squash Risotto

Anything that has to do with butternut squash is a go in my books. Creamy, dreamy butternut squash risotto is a must-try. The squash adds a sweet, nutty flavor to the risotto, making it rich and comforting. It's a cozy dish that feels like a warm embrace on a chilly day.

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8. Honey-Glazed Carrots

Carrots go from mundane to magnificent with a honey glaze. Roast them until they're tender and caramelized, then drizzle with honey for a touch of sweetness. They're simple, but oh-so-scrumptious! If you're feeling adventurous, you can add some crumbled goat cheese and pecans to them when they're done. The goat cheese adds some creaminess and the pecans add some crunch! 

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9. Cinnamon-Spiced Apple Pie

What's Thanksgiving without apple pie? Amp up your pie game with a cinnamon-spiced filling that's like a cuddle for your taste buds. The cinnamon adds warmth and depth, making this classic dessert even more irresistible.

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10. Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Chives

Mashed potatoes get a garlicky upgrade! Creamy potatoes are blended with roasted garlic and topped with fresh chives for a flavor explosion. They're so good, you'll want to make them a year-round staple.

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11. Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Transform Brussels sprouts with a balsamic glaze. The glaze adds a tangy sweetness that complements the sprouts' earthy flavor. Roast them until crispy for a side that's both healthy and heavenly. Add some crispy bacon bits to add a bit of saltiness to your sprouts before you serve them! 

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12. Pumpkin Cheesecake

Give your cheesecake a fall facelift with pumpkin! The creamy pumpkin filling on a graham cracker crust is pure bliss. It's a dessert that'll make you thankful for pumpkin season.

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13. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Everything's better with bacon, right? Wrap asparagus spears in bacon for a side dish that's both fancy and finger-licking good. The bacon adds a smoky flavor that makes the asparagus utterly addictive.

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14. Cranberry Walnut Salad

Lighten things up with a cranberry walnut salad. The tartness of the cranberries and the crunch of the walnuts create a delightful contrast. It's a refreshing break from the heavier dishes and adds a burst of color to your table.

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15. Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Beets and goat cheese are a match made in heaven. Roast beets until sweet and tender, then pair with creamy goat cheese for a salad that's both beautiful and bursting with flavor.

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16. Cornbread with Honey Butter

Cornbread is a Thanksgiving staple, but add honey butter, and it's next-level delicious. The honey butter adds a touch of sweetness that complements the cornbread's savory goodness.

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17. Pomegranate Glazed Ham

Shake up your meat selection with a pomegranate glazed ham. The glaze adds a fruity twist to the savory ham, creating a flavor combination that's unexpected but oh-so-delicious. It's the perfect combination of sweet and salty! 

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18. Spiced Pear Crisp

Pears get their time to shine in this spiced pear crisp. Topped with a crispy, buttery oat topping, it's a dessert that's both rustic and refined. It gives you a break from the regular crisps, like apple and blueberry, and also gives you an opportunity to use up those pears you don't know what to do with. 

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19. Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Elevate green beans with a buttery garlic sauce. They're simple, but the garlic butter sauce makes them feel special and indulgent. You can combine anything with a garlic butter sauce, and it''ll be absolutely delicious. A combination made in heaven! 

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20. Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Impress your guests with homemade pumpkin dinner rolls. They're soft, fluffy, and have a hint of pumpkin flavor that's perfect for fall. 

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21. Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Add sausage and apples to your stuffing for a sweet and savory twist. The sausage adds heartiness, while the apples bring a touch of sweetness.

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22. Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Ditch the canned stuff and make your own spiced cranberry sauce. The addition of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg makes it a standout. Plus, you get bragging rights for not using cranberry sauce in a can and making it from scratch, which not many people do. 

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23. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Comfort food meets fall flavors in this butternut squash mac and cheese. The squash adds a creamy texture and a hint of sweetness to the cheesy goodness.

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24. Maple Pecan Pie

Give your pecan pie a maple twist. The maple syrup adds a rich, deep flavor that takes this classic dessert to new heights.

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25. Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

Last but not least, roasted cauliflower with Parmesan is a side dish that's both healthy and hearty. The Parmesan adds a salty, savory element that makes the cauliflower irresistible.

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There you have it, friends – 25 fantastic fall recipes to make your Thanksgiving feast one for the books. Get ready to gobble 'til you wobble, and have a fabulous, food-filled holiday!