Are you bored of the traditional Thanksgiving food list? Need to spice things up in the kitchen this year? Well you’re in luck. Here are some alternative takes on the traditional recipes and foods.

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Ranch Seasoned Roast Turkey

Try out some new ideas when cooking turkey
Have you ever tried Ranch infused turkey? Source: Delish

Essentially this recipe just comes down to mixing Ranch flavoring powder with butter. If that sounds delicious to you, that’s because it is. You won’t find this on any traditional Thanksgiving menu but it will certainly be talked about for Thanksgivings to come.

The Legendary Turducken

Three birds. No myths. One legend. Turducken.
Three bird flavors in one amazing dish. Source: Whole Foods

This is the ultimate show stopper for Thanksgiving. This alternative dish was made famous by the internet. Here’s what to include on the Thanksgiving menu planner:

  • Stuffing
  • 18 - 20 lbs. deboned turkey
  • 4 - 5 lbs. deboned duck
  • 3 - 4 lbs. deboned chicken
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

This is a somewhat complicated recipe but the payoff is well worth it. First, mix salt and sugar in the water and allow for the three birds to sit in the brine overnight. Early in the morning, pre-heat the oven for 500 degrees. You’re going to try to dress the chicken in the duck, then the duck into the turkey, and hold all that together with butcher’s twine. Roast the three birds for roughly 3 hours.

Glazed Ham Entree

Delicious honey-glazed ham for Thanksgiving
Honey glazed ham. Source: Chow Hound

Because not everyone likes turkey. This is a great alternative choice for any family member who just doesn’t dig birds as much. Fit this ham with pineapple slices and cherries to top it off. It also perfectly compliments the top 10 Thanksgiving sides that people have come to expect at Thanksgiving.

Turkey Roulade 3 Ways

Turkey pinwheels with three different stuffings! Can you even handle the flavor.
3 way stuffing split. Source: Country Living

Do you love a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner but want to change the game up this year? How about turkey pinwheels with different types of stuffing? You can choose between the following stuffing options, or simply do all three for some variety!

  1. Sausage-Corn Bread Filling
  2. Bacon-Mushroom Filling
  3. Fennel-Apple Filling

Sage and Orange Turkey

Sage and orange: an unlikely partnership with delicious benefits
The unique blend of orange and sage. Source: Steele House Chicken

This unique take on Thanksgiving dinner menu ideas puts a whole new twist on a classic dish. As you may have guessed, you’ll need sage and orange for this recipe. Also garlic, leeks, carrots, Boursin cheese, onions, olive oil, and flour. You’ll want to scrub the oranges and place two or three in the turkey’s cavity prior to cooking.

Orange you glad we didn’t say turkey?

Then roast the remaining oranges and veggies in a pan. This will effectively form a rack that you’re going to serve around the turkey when the dining begins. A delicious take on a modern classic.

Bacon-Weaved Turkey

There's no wrong way to bacon weave.
A soft, cozy blanket of bacon goodness. Source: Kitchen Science

Why try to fix what isn’t broken? Everything is better with bacon. This is taking a page from the traditional southern Thanksgiving dinner menu. Simply use the bacon weaving technique to create a delicious blanket to be placed on top of the turkey while it is cooking. A slice of bacon with every bite of turkey is the way to go.

Turkey Deviled Eggs

Tiny turkey edible army!
Deviled turkey egg appetizer. Source: Flavor Finds

Why spend hours baking a turkey when you can make a bunch of tiny egg creations? Deviled turkey eggs provide a delectable hor d'oeuvres to serve your guests that will also become a major talking piece. Who wouldn’t want to eat tiny little turkeys? You won’t find this item on the traditional Thanksgiving food list.

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