Thanksgiving Foods to Serve - Tradition with a Twist

Are you seeking ideas for Thanksgiving foods to serve?

Whether it's your turn to start the feast this year and you're new to the tradition, or you've been hosting the gathering for years and are looking for something different to try, it's always fun to get new ideas for Thanksgiving foods.

Here are some great ideas to get you going and searching for other ways to make your feast better than you could have imagined.

Start with the turkey

Whether it's roasted in the oven for hours and hours, smoked, deep fried or even grilled, turkey is the main meat of the day. Other people choose to have duck, pheasant or even chicken, but turkey seems to take the stage on this day. If you're not a fan of turkey and are cooking for a small group, why not consider little Cornish hens or even a roasted chicken?

Don't forget the veggies

You might be getting tired of the same old, same old, but vegetables are so essential for Thanksgiving foods. Foods such as corn and green bean casserole, cranberries and even broccoli are favorites at many tables, but sometimes this can get to be a little ho-hum.

Before you go changing up your Thanksgiving feast, however, you should make sure that your guests aren't so steeped in tradition that they will be offended. If they are okay with new recipes, then you might want to try some of these ideas:

  • Skip the mashed sweet potatoes and roast carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and onions in olive oil, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. Chop all vegetables up into big pieces and mix the seasonings and olive oil with all of them in a big bowl. Spread out on a baking sheet and cook at about 350 degrees until they are tender roasted and slightly browned. This is a favorite that you might not want to save for Thanksgiving.

  • Got the green bean casserole blues? Try Harcourt's verts in hazelnut vinaigrette. Adding dates and chestnuts give a robust fall flavor, but still give you the benefit of having the "green bean" feel to your meal.

  • Instead of the same old broccoli as a Thanksgiving food, consider sauteing them in olive oil. Add a little garlic salt and some sliced grape tomatoes and almonds for a taste that is anything but normal.

And now for the carbs

We all know that there are some essentials such as stuffing and mashed potatoes that are tried and true Thanksgiving foods, but instead of heading straight for the "box-o-stuffing" that you'll just have to doctor up, why not try making your own.

You'll find that this is relatively easy when you cut chunks of sour dough, whole wheat or even cornbread and rye bread. Then, you just add the typical "stuffing" ingredients such as onions, celery, apples, cranberries and even raisins according to your taste. Add a pop of flavor with fresh thyme and aniseed. Saute the onions and celery in some butter, add the apples and at the last minute the cranberries if you're using them.

Once this is done, you can add four to six cups of chicken broth and let the mixture simmer while you beat three eggs and mix them with grainy mustard and parsley and tarragon. Then add your chunks of bread, about eight cups of each kind of toasted bread cubes to the egg mixture. Add the broth, toss well and bake at 350 degrees F for about a half hour covered and 20 minutes uncovered, and you have a stuffing recipe that your whole family will love as a Thanksgiving food.

When it comes to mashed potatoes, don't be afraid to add some seasonings such as sage for a great taste that pairs well with gravy and works alone for those who don't like the thick brown stuff.

In the end, the Thanksgiving foods on your Thanksgiving table can offer many twists on old favorites and offer tradition with rich flavor that all of your guests will love.

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