Modern Takes on Thanksgiving Menus

If you're tired of the same old fare, mix it up with this collection of menus chock full of new flavors for the holidays.

  • Sautéed Duck Breast with Cherry-Pistachio Salsa
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell and Melanie J. Clarke

    A Turkeyless Thanksgiivng

    Be thankful on Thursday for some new serving ideas. Contemporary ingredients turn up in Greens with Roasted Corn and Pepper Salad, Blue Corn Bread Dressing, and sautéed duck, yet this whole menu is grounded in tradition, moving smoothly from Mushroom Turnovers to Mincemeat Charlottes. It's familiar enough to feel friendly, but adventurous enough to impress even the most jaded palate.
  • Hawaiian-Portuguese Smoked Turkey
    Lisa Romerein

    Hawaiian Thanksgiving

    Add some Hawaiian flair to your Thanksgiving table with these island-inspired Turkey Day recipes.
  • Sweet Potato Cups
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Delta Roasted Turkey Thanksgiving

    Ditch your usual cooking method this year and try a two-temperature method that guarantees a crispy outside and super moist inside for your main dish. Pair with delicious sweet potato cups and Grand Mimosas for a festive midday holiday meal.
  • Wild Rice and Walnut Pilaf
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Just-Us Thanksgiving Menu

    This easy—yet impressive—menu features traditional ingredients in innovative ways. The star is turkey tenderloins stuffed with a savory mushroom filling and sides include a Roasted-Corn Bread Stuffing and frozen Apple and Ice Cream Pie.
  • Chile and Spice Grilled Turkey
    Photo: Shelly Strazis; Styling: Valerie Aikman-Smith

    Thanksgiving on the Beach

    Food photographer Shelly Strazis shares recipes and planning tips for an incredible Mexican-inspired Thanksgiving meal.
  • Cider-Roasted Vegetables
    Photo: Dana Gallagher

    Thanksgiving with a Korean Twist

    Thanksgiving in Korea, called Chusok, celebrates the new rice harvest, and dessert is always made from the new crop. Fuse American and Korean traditions by serving Maple Roasted Turkey as the main course and Pumpkin Rice Pudding for dessert.
  • Orange-Dijon Pork Loin

    Hold the Turkey

    Keep tradition—no turkey required. Pork loin stars in this classic Thanksgiving meal complete with cornbread dressing and roasted vegetables.
  • Herb, Garlic, and Mustard-Crusted Fillet of Beef
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    New Flavors for the Holiday

    For a change of pace, give this Italian-inspired menu a try. It features beef tenderloin rather than traditional turkey and polenta instead of mashed potatoes.
  • Roasted Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Dried Cranberries
    Randy Mayor

    Cajun-style Turkey Feast

    Serve an economical, efficient and sure-to-please menu flavored with great Cajun spice. This casual menu of Cajun Turkey with Dirty Rice Stuffing, Roasted Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Dried Cranberries, and Pumpkin-Streusel Cheesecake will make guests serve up seconds.
  • Guajillo-Tamarind Turkey
    Lisa Romerein

    A Southwest Thanksgiving

    Denver chef Sean Yontz's Thanksgiving feast balances traditional Thanksgiving flavors with fresh Latin twists. Chiles heat up sweet potatoes in Chile-Spiced Sweet Potato Tamales and give mashed potatoes an extra kick in Chipotle-Corn Mashed Potatoes. Mexican cheese gives new life to cauliflower and green beans while a Guajillo-Tamarind glaze transforms the classic turkey.
  • Sautéed Green Beans and Onions with Bacon
    Randy Mayor

    Spice Up Thanksgiving

    Here's a quicker, spicy alternative to Thanksgiving–Jerk Turkey Cutlets with Cranberry-Habanero Salsa. This main dish is particularly great for small gatherings; the cutlets cook quickly and serve four people. We guarantee no one will say, "Turkey again?" after this meal.
  • Bourbon-Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin
    Jennifer Davick; Cari South

    Fresh Flavors for Thanksgiving

    Change the pace of Thanksgiving dinner with updated Southern family classics like Grilled Bourbon-Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin. Old-school dressing is converted into fluffy Pecan-Buttermilk Dressing Cakes and traditional green bean casserole replaced with Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans.
  • Small Kitchen, Big Feast
    Lee Harrelson

    Small Kitchen, Big Thanksgiving Feast

    This traditional feast is big on style and flavor, but features time- and space-saving tricks.
  • Dine Outside On Turkey Day

    Dine Outside On Turkey Day

    Don't pass up the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving supper outdoors if the weather is nice. Fill a big table with platters of Two-Alarm Deep-Fried Turkey, bowls with Cranberry Compote, Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes, and your family's must-have sides, breads, and salads. Part of the fun to this get-together is standing in line, plate in hand, waiting your turn to serve yourself. Settle around the outdoor tables, enjoy dinner, and remember to save some room for Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting. Serves 8.

  • Rotisserie Turkey
    Photo: David Tsay; Styling: Dani Fisher

    Southern California Thanksgiving Menu

    Turkey Day gest a SoCal twist: It's on the grill with lots of sunshine!
  • Roasted Turkey Stuffed with Hazelnut Dressing
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Casual Texas Thanksgiving Menu

    Chef Maiya Keck of Marfa, Texas, shares her relaxed feast with family and friends.
  • Roasted Dry-Rub Turkey With Gravy
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

    New Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

    Put the spark back in Thanksgiving with seven fresh recipes we promise will mingle beautifully with your family's time-honored dishes.
  • Baby Back Ribs With Jackie's Dry Rub
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Scott Martin

    A Smokin' Good Thanksgiving

    Join this family in their deliciously untraditional tradition.
  • Host A Unique Potluck Thanksgiving

    Host A Unique Potluck Thanksgiving

    If you're the ring leader of a turkey day gathering, choose a fun flavor theme to help guests select a recipe to bring. Italian Thanksgiving, anyone?

  • Chicken Vermicelli

    An Asian-inspired Thanksgiving

    Bring bright Asian flavors to your dinner table with a fun-filled holiday menu.
  • Braised Shallots and Fall Vegetables with Red Wine Sauce

    An Inspired Vegetarian Thanksgiving

    This vegetarian menu can take center stage at any Thanksgiving table. You'll never miss the meat.
  • Molasses-Glazed Turkey
    Photo: Luca Trovato; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Thanksgiving by the Sea Menu

    The perfect feast starts with seasonal favorites and just a dash of creative coastal flavor. The secret is in the clever additions–and making enough for seconds.

  • A Seaside Feast Menu

    A Seaside Feast Menu

    Gather around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner that is big on coastal flavor but simple to prepare.

  • Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik  

    A Diner Thanksgiving Menu

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

  • Deep South Meat 'n' Three Menu

    Deep South Meat 'n' Three Menu

    Consider this our upscale version of the classic, Southern-style blue-plate special (complete with blue china!)

  • Texas Meat 'n' Three Menu

    Texas Meat 'n' Three Menu

    This Texas-inspired meal includes the perfect blends of spices and pungent flavors to bring you an unforgettable, crowd-pleasing feast.

  • Lowcountry Meat 'n' Three Menu

    Lowcountry Meat 'n' Three Menu

    Love an authentic lowcountry meal? Then this meat 'n' three is a must-make this holiday.

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue
    Photo: Jody Horton; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas  

    Warm and Rustic Texas Thanksgiving Menu

    Classic flavors with a rustic Texan twist make for an elevated Thanksgiving menu. We can't wait to get our hands on that Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart!
  • Belgian Endive Salad with Blue Cheese
    Photo: Aya Brackett; Styling: Amy Wilson

    A Side-Centric Thanksgiving

    Award-winning cookbook author Deborah Madison's Thanksgiving tradition is to buck tradition! Instead, each year she creates a new menu featuring the beautiful produce native to her home in New Mexico.
  • Jeweled Green Beans
    Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss

    Thanksgiving Sideshow Menu

    We don't want to dismiss the turkey on Thanksgiving Day, but after a helping of these flavorful sides you may not have any room for it!
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