Spice up Thanksgiving with these killer dishes

Turkey and dressing and potatoes and pie and yawn. Oops, sorry about that. Didn't mean to doze off there. But the boredom from the same old Thanksgiving menu can be a little overwhelming. So let's do something about it! Here are 13 killer dishes that will help you spice up Thanksgiving this year.

Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

There are lots of ways to dress up mac and cheese. This recipe gets lots of things right by starting with bacon (everything is better with bacon!) and folding in some heat as well. Good flavor and some spiciness … this is the perfect way to start our list to spice up Thanksgiving.

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Ham???

A ham instead of turkey? Sacrilege, we know. But what about doing a ham in addition to turkey? It’ll certainly give your more persnickety eaters some more options, and that’s always a good thing. This classic Pineapple-glazed Ham recipe will serve you well. Or add some Coke to the mix:

Coca-Cola Ham recipe

Beer Can Turkey

We’ve heard of beer can chicken, but beer can turkey? Well, sure, why not? This method for cooking your bird will give you that great smoky flavor without drying your turkey out. If you’re bored with basic turkey prep, this mixes things up for sure.

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Turducken

Absolutely Louisiana in its approach and style, the Turducken features a bird within a bird within a bird … and it rocks. Yeah, it’s borderline impossible to cook all three birds perfectly, but the charm of the dish is partly that challenge (and mostly about the novelty). Either way, it’s definitely a culinary bucket list item.

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Thanksgiving Tamales

Okay, we’ve warmed up with a few “tamer” options, so what about Thanksgiving tamales? Yes, this is a thing, and what’s more, they can be done as a main course OR a dessert. Check out the link to learn more.

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Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

Tired of green bean casserole? This is a fresh spin on incorporating green beans at your Thanksgiving table, and we’re extremely thankful (get it?) to report that it also involves bacon. Yes, we’re winning at life over here.

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Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Okay, so you want something cheesy (preferably with bacon in it). You also want to pretend to get in some nutrition with your side. Well here’s a dish that scratches both itches, dressing up a veggie that some may have a bias against. They won’t after eating this.

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Crab Mac and Cheese

If you live near fresh seafood, what’s more natural than incorporating that into your menu? This may not be a supremely novel way to dress up your table, but it sure is a delicious one. And never underestimate the marriage of cheese and crab … our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

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Pear Salad

We’re all looking for a little variety on Thanksgiving. But an alternative to finding some wacky new recipe is to go fully retro and bring back a classic. Opinions vary widely on the classic Pear Salad recipe, with some being wholly devoted to it and others wanting it to die forever in a fire. Why not to try it out for yourself and add some kitsch to your table in the process?

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Pineapple Casserole

Have you heard of this retro dish? Possibly, but did you know that it has a devoted regional following in the Montgomery area? It’s an odd duck in terms of ingredient combinations, but it absolutely works. And it’s another option if you want to go the kitsch route.

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Wassel

Warm apple cider is a lovely thing on a cold fall day. This recipe takes that basic notion and turns it up with a few extra ingredients and some holiday flair. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pecapplekin Pie

The combo cousin of the Turducken, this pie similarly tries to combine more of what you love into one singular dish. Apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie … all in one. But does it work? Our friends at Savannah Weekend swear by it, and we have to admit to being super curious about it. I mean, why choose between these three standards when you can have it all?

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Sopapilla Cheesecake

We don’t remotely care that this dish is actually pretty simple/straightforward when you look at the ingredient list. The concept is amazing, and the flavor is on point. And really, isn’t that everything you need in a dessert?

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