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.
October 27, 2008
1 of 30Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell and Melanie J. Clarke
A Turkeyless Thanksgiivng
A Turkeyless Thanksgiivng Menu 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.
3 of 30Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Delta Roasted Turkey Thanksgiving
Delta Roasted Turkey Thanksgiving Menu 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.
4 of 30Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Just-Us Thanksgiving Menu
Just-Us Thanksgiving Menu 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.
5 of 30Photo: Shelly Strazis; Styling: Valerie Aikman-Smith
Thanksgiving on the Beach
Thanksgiving on the Beach Menu Food photographer Shelly Strazis shares recipes and planning tips for an incredible Mexican-inspired Thanksgiving meal.
6 of 30Photo: Dana Gallagher
Thanksgiving with a Korean Twist
Thanksgiving with a Korean Twist Menu 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.
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Hold the Turkey
Hold the Turkey Menu Keep tradition—no turkey required. Pork loin stars in this classic Thanksgiving meal complete with cornbread dressing and roasted vegetables.
8 of 30Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
New Flavors for the Holiday
New Flavors for the Holiday Menu 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.
9 of 30Randy Mayor
Cajun-style Turkey Feast
Cajun-style Turkey Feast Menu 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.
10 of 30Lisa Romerein
A Southwest Thanksgiving
A Southwest Thanksgiving Menu 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.
11 of 30Randy Mayor
Spice Up Thanksgiving
Spice Up Thanksgiving Menu 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.
12 of 30Jennifer Davick; Cari South
Fresh Flavors for Thanksgiving
Fresh Flavors for Thanksgiving Menu 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.
Dine Outside On Turkey Day Menu 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.
A Side-Centric Thanksgiving Menu 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.
30 of 30Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss
Thanksgiving Sideshow Menu
Thanksgiving Sideshow Menu 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!