Candied yams are to Thanksgiving dinner what fruitcake is to Christmas treats - we're sick of it already! But your Turkey Day meal doesn't have to be similar to the snooze-fest that follows shortly after everyone has cleaned their plates.
From fruit-inspired stuffing to mashed potatoes with a touch of bacon, here are a few recipes to add some pizazz to your dinner. Give guests the perfect finishing touch by serving up our new spins on classic desserts, and they are sure to leave with satisfied bellies.
There's really no competition for the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table - the turkey. But there is a way to make sure the main event is a crowd-pleaser...
Tired: just basted or brined
Inspired: This Pomegranate-Lacquered Roast Turkey recipe is a little sweet, a lot juicy, and with only five ingredients, totally takes the fuss out of the feast.
Tired: Roasted carrots
Inspired: Their similarly hued brother, our Roasted Garlic Squash with Crispy Sage Brown Butter, will make for a refreshing stand-in.
Tired: Plain ol' mashed potatoes
Inspired: Our Golden Mashed Potatoes with Fried Onions and Bacon, a savory side dish with onions sautéed in bacon drippings (!) and topped with crumbled bacon.
Tired: Traditional green bean casserole
Inspired: Roasted Green Beans with Preserved Lemon and Pine Nuts, made with anchovies, garlic, honey, and Quick Preserved Lemon.
Tired: Onion and celery stuffing
Inspired: This Herbed Chestnut, Cranberry, and Apple Stuffing, made with warm chestnuts, cherry-flavored dried cranberries, and sweet Granny Smith apples.
Tired: Apple pie
Inspired: Our Best-Ever Apple Cake! (With a title like that, your guests just might not be able to stop at one slice.)
Tired: Pumpkin pie
Inspired: Pumpkin-Ginger Cheesecake is a dessert heaven on a plate. Made with a walnut and gingersnap cookie crust, its warm, comforting flavors are a perfect complement to this tasty season.
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