Adding a Twist to Thanksgiving Favorites

Unique Recipes and Ideas for Turkey Day

takamiThanksgiving is a time to get together with friends and family, watch some football, and eat a lot more than we probably should. (Also: post-meal naps!) When it comes to that last part, most of us go with the standards: turkey, potatoes, some stuffing, maybe green been casserole and, of course, pumpkin pie.

For those who more adventurous with their cuisine, here are a few new twists on old favorites.

Turkey sushi
Yes, this is a thing, and it’s been offered in more than one establishment, from Takami in Los Angeles to Bonsai Bistro in Idaho’s Coeur d'Alene resort. But by the looks of it, anyone with some sushi making skills should be able to put some of these together. Just make sure your family is up for a culinary adventure.

Going old school
How does pigeon pie sound? Or maybe some sheepshead with hollandaise sauce? While they sound like something Hannibal Lector would eat, they are actually traditional recipes from more than a century ago. You can find these and more (broiled quail on toast, anyone?) at Time magazine.

Drinks are often part of the festivities, so why not do them in the spirit of the holiday? The makers of Jones soda have really pushed the envelope in this area, including creating an entire Thanksgiving-meal-themed six pack several years ago with such flavors as Turkey and Gravy, Wild Herb Stuffing, and Brussel Sprouts. (According to this review, they didn’t exactly get better with age.) If you prefer to chew your booze, a bar in New York created a stir a few years back with an alcohol infused turkey that packed quite a punch. (Not sure you’d want to try re-creating this at home, but if so make sure to do it away from an open flame.)

What diet?
If you’re not counting calories this year, then you have a truckload of options. There is a Ham and Banana casserole for those who are more adventurous; as a side dish you’ve got Mac and Cheese Carbonara (read: Mac and Cheese with Bacon); and for desert, some deep fried Oreos that only take 10 minutes to make. Can almost feel those arteries clogging already!

Any of these sound good to you? Does your family have any recipes that some might consider a bit odd? If so, share in comments.

And all of us at Pioneer Services wish all of you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mark Dye

About the author: Mark Dye

Mark Dye has been writing articles, recording podcasts, and putting together books on personal finance for nearly a decade. His work has been recognized by the American Bankers Association and the Institute for Financial Literacy, and received an 2011 APEX Grand Award for Writing. Follow Mark on Google+.

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