Thanksgiving may be all about traditions, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same old roast turkey and green bean casserole every year. Personally, I get obsessive about planning Thanksgiving, scouring the web for new recipes. Being from an Asian-American household, Thanksgiving meant a marriage of East and West, allowing me to think of traditional Thanksgiving foods in untraditional ways. Use these recipes as inspiration for your own Thanksgiving dinner, whether you’re going home for the holidays or participating in Friendsgiving. It’s a sure way to impress your friends and family.


Asian Garlic Green Beans

grean beans

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This is a healthier but equally as savory way to cook green beans.

Miso-Maple Roasted Roots


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Try this easy twist on your typical roasted root vegetables.

Potato Gnocchi with Bacon Cream Sauce


Photo courtesy of The Kitchen Whisperer

Roasted brussel sprouts? Bacon? Gnocchi? Sounds like a dream come true.

Parmesan Sage Crusted Butternut Squash Galette


Photo courtesy of HowSweetEats

Pie isn’t just for dessert anymore.

Pull-Apart Stuffing Flavored Rolls


Photo courtesy of J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats

If you think stuffing is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner, then these stuffing-flavored rolls will rock your world.

Roasted Brussels Sprout and Bacon Salad


Photo courtesy of Katie at the Kitchen Door

Brussels sprouts and bacon are match made in heaven.

Spicy Thai-Style Pomelo, Green Bean, and Zucchini Salad


Photo courtesy of J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats

A refreshing salad that still leaves room for all the other delicious foods to come.

Sweet Potato Latkes with Curried Ketchup


Photo by Katherine Baker

Hanukkah may not be here yet, but latkes are always delicious.

Main Dishes

Adobo Turkey with Red Chile Gravy


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Spice it up with this Filipino-style turkey.

Chinese-Style Roast Turkey Steamed Buns


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No need for stuffing with this one- it’s like a mini dim sum during Thanksgiving dinner.

Herbed Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce


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Because let’s be honest here- turkey was meant to be eaten with cranberry sauce.



Photo courtesy of J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats

Probably the fanciest way to cook turkey you’ve seen yet.

Turkey Burger

turkey burger

Photo by Rachel Davis

Thanksgiving dinner’s made easy with a simple turkey burger. Just add cranberry sauce, cheese, and maybe even some gravy and you’re ready to go.


Lemon and Fresh Cranberry Scones


Photo by Alia Wilhelm

These make for a great after-dinner snack.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars


Photo by Bailey Culpepper

No bake = easiest dessert to make ever.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blondies


Photo courtesy of Averie Cooks

Who needs pumpkin pie when you can have pumpkin blondies?

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars


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Ooey gooey goodness in every single bite.

Sweet Potato Soufflés


Photo courtesy of Katie at the Kitchen Door

Impress all your guests with this soufflé that is 100x better than any sweet potato casserole.


Cranberry-Ginger Sparkling Rum Cider

Cranberry Ginger Cider Rum

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So much festiveness in one drink.

Cranberry Kir Royale


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All you need is champagne and cranberry juice to make this sophisticated-looking drink.

Iced Tea with Cider, Mint and Honey


Photo by Bari Blanga

Need a pick-me-up before Black Friday shopping? Try this.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie


Photo courtesy of In Sonnet’s Kitchen

Because sometimes you need to end the meal with pumpkin, but you don’t have room in your stomach for pumpkin pie.

Looking for recipes that are a little more traditional? Try this: 103 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Actually Make