Cook Up a Diner-style Thanksgiving Menu

Tired of the same old holiday thing? Shake off tradition with this fun, casual menu for eight.

Thanksgiving turkey sliders
Thanksgiving turkey sliders
To keep these hot, set out the buns assembly line-style and have a friend add the toppings after you place the patties.
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Fried green beans and shallot rings
Fried green beans and shallot rings
The beans will cook tender-crisp in the same time it takes to brown the coating.
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Pumpkin bourbon shakes
Pumpkin bourbon shakes
If you prefer you shakes thicker, just follow the make-ahead directions.
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Pecan date mini pies
Pecan date mini pies
How do you go one better on a classic? Add honey and dates to the filling, make a press-in cream cheese crust, and miniaturize.
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Diner-style serving details
Diner-style serving details
• For drinks, go with bottled Coke and an array of autumn beers.
• Serve your "fries" diner-style in stoneware baskets.
• Make invites or placecards out of guest checks (find pads at a restaurant supply store or online).

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