Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out your favorite turkey baster and holiday cookbook. For those that love to entertain, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to cook and bake for your guests. But while most people may be getting ready for turkey and stuffing as traditional menu choices, this isn’t always the best way to go. Instead, you can surprise everyone with a non-traditional Thanksgiving option that they’ll still be sure to love.

Here’s a look at some non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes that are different than what you may be used to, while still bringing the holiday flavor you love.


Ahi Tuna Poke

Everyone is used to shrimp and crackers for appetizers, but you can mix things up with this Ahi Tuna Poke that is perfect to serve before your main dish. Because it’s a lighter option, it won’t fill your guests up. In addition, the mix of sweet Polynesian flavors will really spark conversation amongst your guests. Get your party off on the right foot with this Ahi Tuna Poke as an excellent option for an appetizer.

Whipped Feta & Pepper Dip

Along with some flatbread for dipping, this recipe for Whipped Feta with Sweet & Hot Peppers is another great option for an appetizer. It is a bit spicier, which is something you may want to tell your guests before they begin eating. Again, this lighter option offers a fluffy feta dip that your guests won’t be used to around this time of year. But when they realize how delicious the dip goes with the flatbread, they’ll agree that it’s the perfect non-traditional Thanksgiving recipe option.


Potstickers are a favorite because they are a chance to really show off your cooking skill if you’re a beginner. While you still may be far away from cooking a turkey or other Thanksgiving dish, anyone can make these Shrimp & Pork Postickers. Shrimp and pork are good alternatives to turkey, giving people a few different options to choose from during your holiday party. You’ll also love how easy they were for you to make.

Main Course

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Looking for something to take place of your turkey this year? If so, roasted Cornish hens may hit the spot. Smaller than turkeys, each person can have their own hen. Not only are hens easier to cook, but this makes it easier for families who have specific eating requirements to still enjoy meat on Thanksgiving. Whether you’re looking for a mix from turkey or you just need something for a few people, Cornish hens are an ideal substitute.

Smoked Pork Sausage

Do something completely unique with this smoked pork sausage with hard-cider sauce. The sausage offers a hearty meal that will fill you up, while the hard-cider brings in the holiday tastes you’re looking for. With so much turkey being shared during the holidays, this smoked pork sausage is something completely different than your guests will love.

Mix up your menu with these non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes that will be a hit.

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  • Shane

    Great post! I want to try these recipes. They’re easy yet delicious!

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