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13+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes

By Marley Goldin
on November 20, 2020
last updated on October 14, 2021
4 from 5 votes

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While Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to different people, these 13 Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes are all dishes that make me feel at home—wherever my plate might be.
thanksgiving table full of exciting thanksgiving recipes - brandy cranberry sauce, green bean casserole with secret ingredient, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy

Try something new for Thanksgiving dinner—or at least a twist on old favorites!

Here’s the quintessential list for keeping it classic while freshening up your Thanksgiving game: 13+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes.

Whether it’s just you, or a table full of family members, there’s power in having nostalgic, homecooked, memory-inducing foods that simultaneously fill your heart and your tummy.

While Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to different people, these Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes are all dishes that make me feel at home—wherever my plate might be.

13+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes

  1. Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
  2. Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese (No-Bake!)
  3. Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
  4. Quick Garlic and Lemon Asparagus
  5. Five-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
  6. Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes
  7. Drunken Apple Pie With Bourbon Drizzle
  8. New Old-Fashioned Cocktail with Bourbon
  9. Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts
  10. Four-Ingredient Roasted Potatoes
  11. Hearty Mushroom Gravy
  12. Green Bean Casserole with Secret Ingredient
  13. Festive Apple Cake with Streusel Topping
  14. Cheesiest Indulgent Mac-n-Cheese
  15. Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


1. Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

two pumpkin muffins stacked on top of eachother with the top oine having cream cheese frosting

Festive Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall has arrived with these fluffy and moist Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting. If you love pumpkin spice, you will LOVE these muffins.



2. Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese (No-Bake!)

super closeup shot of creamy brie mac and cheese

Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese (No-Bake!)

Ready to level up your classic mac and cheese with a new twist? This Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese uses two types of cheese—one bold, and one more mild, to make the perfectly balanced bite.



3. Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

A boozy and refreshing take on classic Fall flavors makes this Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail the epitome of a holiday cocktail.



4. Quick Garlic and Lemon Asparagus

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - Garlic Lemon Asparagus

Quick Garlic Lemon Asparagus

This Quick Garlic Lemon Asparagus is fresh, earthy, cheesy, and zesty! The perfect side dish. You can also use this same recipe for all your green vegetables!



5. Five-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

This 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole maximizes the caramel and vanilla flavors of maple syrup and the natural sweetness of the potatoes to bring a bold taste with just a few ingredients!



6. Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic And Feta Mashed Potatoes - On Spoon

Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes

These Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes are creamy and fluffy with the perfect amount of salt and garlic to amp up each bite.



7. Drunken Apple Pie With Bourbon Drizzle

13 Exciting Recipes To Try Thanksgiving 2020 - Drunken Apple Pie With Bourbon Drizzle

Mouth-Watering Drunken Apple Pie with Bourbon Drizzle

Kick your apple pie up a notch with a boozy twist! This Drunken Apple Pie with Bourbon Glaze plays off the natural oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors of bourbon to add depth to your favorite Thanksgiving fall classic.



8. New Old-Fashioned Cocktail with Bourbon

Honey Flying off honey dipper and landing on rosemary garnish

New Old Fashioned Cocktail with Bourbon

This New Fashioned is an herbaceous twist on a classic favorite—the Old Fashioned—with the distinct flavor of honey and fresh aromatics of rosemary.



9. Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts - Featured Image

Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts

These Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts will turn even the pickiest of eaters into brussels-obsessed veggie lovers with this lick-your-fingers-worthy recipe.



10. Four-Ingredient Roasted Potatoes

Simple 4 Ingredient Roasted Potatoes - Recipe Card Image

Four Ingredient Roasted Potatoes

Sometimes you need simple. And that’s okay. Especially when simple is effective like in these Four Ingredient Roasted Potatoes.



11. Hearty Mushroom Gravy

bowl of mashed potatoes with hearty mushroom gravy oozing out

Hearty Mushroom Gravy

Non-meat-eaters rejoice! Finally, a Hearty Mushroom Gravy that boasts tons of flavor and can compete with any meat-based gravy. Pour over biscuits, mashed potatoes, veggies, fish—you name it!



12. Green Bean Casserole with Secret Ingredient

Green Bean Casserole with Secret Ingredient being lifted on a serving spoon

Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole utilizes a secret ingredient to boost the natural flavors of your traditional Thanksgiving favorite for a whole new dinner sides experience.



13. Festive Apple Cake with Streusel Topping

dusting vegan apple cake with powdered sugar

Apple Cake With Streusel Topping

This Apple Cake With Streusel Topping is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of fall with fragrant cinnamon and the addition of 4 juicy apples to lock in moisture.



14. Cheesiest Indulgent Mac-n-Cheese

Overhead close up of mac-n-cheese

Cheesiest Indulgent Mac-n-Cheese

The Cheesiest Indulgent Mac-n-Cheese to make the kid in you rejoice. With its extra creamy sauce and bubbling cheesy crust, you’ll be hard-pressed not to mutter “Mmmmm” with every single bite.



15. Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

stack of cookies with one cookie split in half on top

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for the perfect cookie to serve at Thanksgiving? Stop the search! These Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to whip up and use the perfect amount of pumpkin and spices to bring Fall flavors to your classic cookie.



Thank you for checking out my list of 13+ exciting recipes to try this Thanksgiving. Whether your gathering is large or small, there is something here that will knock the socks off those at the dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re still unsure where to start, here’s one of my annual family favorites, this 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole.

13+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes, including the 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

4 from 5 votes
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: SidesCuisine: Vegetarian
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

9

minutes
Cooking time

26

minutes
Total time

35

minutes

13+ Exciting Thanksgiving Recipes, including this 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole which maximizes the caramel and vanilla flavors of maple syrup and the natural sweetness of the potatoes to bring bold taste with just a few ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1 – 1 & 1/2 cups mini marshmellows

  • salt to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  • Boil ten cups of water in a large pot and preheat your oven to broil.
  • Peel your sweet potatoes and chop them into 3 or 4 chunks to speed up their cooking time.
  • Boil sweet potatoes until you can easily pierce them with a fork, usually 25-30 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes and add them to a large mixing bowl. With a hand mixer, whip potatoes with butter and milk until smooth.
  • Add maple syrup and salt to taste. I recommend adding cinnamon here, too, but it’s optional. This casserole is delicious with or without it!
  • Transfer to a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish and top with mini marshmallows. Stick your sweet potatoes in the oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until marshmallows brown on top.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure your sweet potato is super soft before removing it from the boiling water. You want to avoid any lumps!
  • Watch your marshmallows closely under the broiler. They go from golden brown to burnt very quickly!

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