Recently, I shared one of my new Thanksgiving turkey recipes on my personal Facebook page. One friend commented that she sticks with her traditional turkey every year.
And honestly, I get it.
Traditions are important. And traditional Thanksgiving menus can be such a brilliant way to connect to your past.
But sometimes, you want to give tradition a little nudge. Sometimes, you want to step it up just a bit to give your traditions a modern facelift. And that’s what this Thanksgiving menu is all about — the traditions, with a twist. Enjoy!
Traditional Thanksgiving Menu — With a Twist
A traditional turkey that’s coated with an unforgettable combination of lemon zest and pesto — delicious, but easy.
Hint: use pan-drippings in place of butter.
This fresh, sweet cranberry sauce has a hint of apple in it.
Love the can of jellied cranberry sauce? Did you know that you can actually make this holiday favorite with just a few simple ingredients? It’s delicious — and the flavor if better than the can.
You can’t have Thanksgiving without the stuffing (actually, this recipe is technically dressing) — and this version studded with chestnuts and bacon is always a hit.
Tradition meets mouthwatering deliciousness in these mashed potatoes. Seriously, these are anything but an afterthought.
Boiled carrots are boring. But roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness — and even better, adding thyme infuses them with lovely herby flavor.
Psst! Green bean casserole has never been a favorite of mine. But these Lemon Garlic Roasted Green Beans are a lighter, tastier (in my opinion, of course), distant cousin that is perfect for the Thanksgiving menu.
While these are a lot like the classic sweet potato casserole, but served in individual portions — it’s a total no-pressure way to include this traditional dish in your Thanksgiving menu without having everyone feel compelled to dig in. Score!
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.