November 6, 2013

Savvy and Sassy Kitchen Series: A Twist on Your Usual Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Posted by Treetopia in Food & Wine | The Savvy and Sassy Kitchen Series

If your family and guests are tired of the same old Thanksgiving fare, it’s time to spice things up. Tickle their taste buds by accompanying your traditional turkey with a variety of classic side dishes jazzed up with exciting, new flavors. Try these simple and easy recipes to give your holiday feast a delicious modern twist.

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup

A hot bowl of hearty soup is a great way to whet your dinner guests’ appetites. This Butternut Squash and Cider soup is rich and creamy, and has a wonderful layer of zesty apple flavor. The mild curry powder adds a touch of spiciness that’s perfect for cold weather months.

White bowl of butternut squash soup with parsley garnish
Apples and curry make for a delicious butternut squash and cider soup

The recipe specifies that you use sweet McIntosh or Delicious apples, but feel free to substitute them with Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples if you prefer a little tartness. Make sure to use plain apple cider and not the spiced variety to get that pure apple taste. Serve this soup with pumpernickel croutons to add a bit of crunch and a sprinkling of chives for color.

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Good, old-fashioned mashed potatoes are a staple of many Thanksgiving meals. For a change of pace, give this recipe for Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes a try. Your guests will love biting into these oven-roasted spuds with their fluffy, delicate texture and crispy, puffed skin.

Golden-brown roasted potatoes with herbs
Roast marble potatoes for a bite-sized side dish

Fresh rosemary infuses a lot of flavor to this dish, and the garlic adds a delicious, savory kick. If you plan to use dried rosemary, remember that it takes one teaspoon of dried herbs to replace a tablespoon of fresh ones. Make sure your potatoes are uniform in size so that they all roast evenly.

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Cool and crisp autumn weather is the perfect time for piping hot comfort food. Simple, gooey, and delicious, this Baked Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese is sure to be popular with kids and adults alike. The addition of canned pumpkin makes this dish creamier, while the pumpkin pie spice adds a unique and delectable taste.

A platter of macaroni and cheese with garnish
Mac and cheese is always a big favorite

Panko breadcrumbs and four kinds of cheeses, including cheddar, parmesan, Gruyere, and Neufchatel, provide layers and layers of heartwarming flavor. Make this dish extra special by swapping macaroni for other tube pasta, such as mezze penne, rigatoni, or cavatappi.

Make holiday mealtimes tastier and more memorable with these modern takes on familiar Thanksgiving side dishes.

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