Apple sweet potato casserole with crumb topping. peel sweet potato cut in chunks steam until tender, la<x>yer in baking dish with sliced granny apples, brown sugar,dash of Cinnamon, crumb topping( half stick of butter, cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of flour mix till crumbly) sprinkle over casserole an bake on 350 for45 minutes cover with foil if topping is getting to brown. dish up an enjoy.
Venison. Or is that too close to traditional?
A few ideas:<br />
1. Drop the turkey. Maybe prime rib instead<br />
2. Go international. Perhaps a teriyaki salmon. Miso soup. Maki for appetizers, etc.<br />
3. Unlike in early colonial times where they ate whatever was in season or whatever they had stored, we can get food from all around the world in any season. Celebrate that theme -- perhaps a mahi mahi with a mango salsa, served on coconut rice. Sides of summer vegetables and tropical fruits.
there are a ton of good recipes on www.leanproteinrecipes.com
Personally I like tradition... why mess with perfection lol. Why not try changing some of the accompliments? We don't do thanksgiving here in England but it's similar to Christmas dinner isn't it? I do roasted root veg, sweet potatoes, butter nut squash, parsnip, onions that kind of thing, or pan fry brussel sprouts with chestnuts, orange zest and black pepper instead of steaming, also braised red cabbage with spices, apple and sultanas :o)
I'm excited, this year cooking for 12... I love Christmas :o)
For years, everyone insists I make my Cream of Pumpkin Curry Soup and Cranberry-Glazed Carrots for Thanksgiving. It has become a tradition.
Stuffed acorn squash. Fall veggies are still cheap and plentiful. Instead of just serving stuffing made from box crap, make these put them out as 'in their own serving bowls'. Tastes great by the way. Check AllRecipes too. Lots of good ideas on that site. I've been a member for years.
I'm talking about a bit more elaborate where you make a bread based stuffing. Instead of jamming it into the turkey.
If you can't find it, let me know. I'll be happy to share recipes. I'm a vegetarian and have learned quite a few over the last 5 years. :)
I made roasted Cornish hens one year (it was just my daughter and myself), stuffed them with a dry fruit & nut & grated orange peel mixture, had wild rice pilaf, broccoli with cheese, a cranberry gelatin salad,a couple other dishes and made a pie for each of us (I was craving lemon meringue).....you could make something you really enjoy during the rest of the year if you just want to bring one dish. If I were asked to bring something different it would be the pretzel-crust cream cheese dessert that I've made in the past for potlucks.
My brother once made a stuffed Pumpkin.
Jalapeno Fried Turkey FTW