7 Fun and Unique Thanksgiving Recipes I Make Every Year

I know that creamy mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole are always staples on Thanksgiving or at least they were in my family growing up. While those dishes are yummy I decided that I wanted to go a little off the beaten path and try more exciting recipes. I know that making mashed potatoes is easier than making a souffle but I’m all for putting in extra effort for the holidays and if you do too then you’ll get a chance to try too many amazing recipes.  Below I have rounded up recipes that I have been making for years during the holiday season and they are all amazing. Some are more complex than other but take a look at them and maybe give one a try this year!


I don’t know about you but appetizers are my favorite part of any meal. Which may be why I like tapas so much. I would much rather get to try a bunch of different foods that have a plate with one burger and a pile of fries. But that’s just my opinion.

Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Growing up my family always made meatballs and while I loved them I knew when I started making them myself I wanted to add a little kick to them. The first year I made these spicy cranberry barbecue meatballs they literally lasted less than 30 minutes and the next year I tripled the amount.

Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce

So I know it seemed weird and when I saw the recipe was created for a sponsored post so I wasn’t sure if it was just something that someone threw together for the sake of the article. But no one ever finishes the stuffing in our family and I wanted to give something new a try so I took the plunge. It’s not always the cleanest thing to eat but it’s actually really good and people love them.

Warm Goat Cheese Fritter with Red Pepper Jelly 

This recipe is an adaptation from one of my favorite tapas restaurants in Atlanta. They are goat cheese fritter which in simple terms means fried battered goat cheese and it is so damn delicious that I lose my mind everytime I eat one. I drizzle the top of them with a red pepper jelly. You can make the jelly from scratch but I suggest picking it up from trader joes or Whole Foods but you can also order it here off Amazon if you don’t want to scour the store for it. You just heat up the jelly and drizzle a little over them on a platter. You won’t use all of the jelly so you can save it for other recipes in the future.

Side Dishes

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower

I never tell anyone that it’s a cauliflower dish because then they won’t even try it but I’ve never had a single person say a bad thing about it and it’s actually really tasty! I will say that the recipe doesn’t make a lot so use your best judgment when taking it to a family meal.

Pepper Jack Green Bean Casserole

I love green bean casserole. It’s that one dish I was not willing to replace on Thanksgiving so I was so excited when I ran across this unique version of the recipe. Adding the pepper jack makes it so damn good. I would say the hardest part of the recipe is figuring out when the green beans are tender but the frustration is worth it. Promise.

Cheesy Garlic Herb Scalloped Potatoes

I always do a scalloped potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. I’ve done different variations of recipes but this one is by far my favorite so far and is soooo damn delicious. If you have an older stove like I do I would suggest adding extra time for cooking. You’ll just have to sort of do a taste test as you go.


Banana Pudding Ice Cream

I don’t have a huge sweet tooth and always prefer the sides and appetizers as I’ve already mentioned so more times than not I am already way past stuffed before dessert is even mentioned. Unlucky for me I am allergic to pecans and don’t like the taste of pumpkin pie but one recipe. It’s simple to make and is great to pair up with different pies.

I’m always up for trying something new so if you have a recipe suggestion I’d love to hear it! 

photo via: The Cookie Rookie



The photo of the potatoes is making my mouth water! YUM! I would also love to try the cranberry bbq meatballs.


OOOOK all of these recipes look amazing! Those meatballs sounds delish. I just made a green bean casserole for the first time for a “Friendsgiving” and even though everyone said it was good, I was kinda “eh” on it…this one with pepper jack cheese sounds so much better. I always making this stuffing…it seems pretty basic, but it’s SO GOOD:

Have a great Thanksgiving!


These sound so good! I don’t really have a SIGNATURE dish, I may try out one of these on the family this year. I am tired of eating the same things hah my family doesn’t like to stray too far away from the cranberry sauce and dressing.

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