23 Non Traditional Thanksgiving Food

Non Traditional Thanksgiving Food
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While you are thinking of Thanksgiving as the standard turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie kind of Thanksgiving. But this year, why not decide to do things a little differently and try out some non-traditional foods for Thanksgiving dinner!

Here are my top favorites non traditional Thanksgiving Food. Surely you will enjoy them. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

1. Cauliflower Stuffing

This non traditional Thanksgiving Food is full of flavor and has a great texture. Cauliflower is roasted with other fantastic ingredients. The finished product tastes like something you would get at a restaurant.

It’s packed with carbs (thanksgiving food), vegetables, protein from the almonds, and of course, some dairy.

2. Strawberry Sauce

People usually make a strawberry sauce to go with Thanksgiving turkey. It’s super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. Plus, it’s a lot prettier than cranberry sauce! 

3. Charred Sweet Potatoes with Pistachio-Chili Pesto

There are so many other delicious things to eat on Thanksgiving! One of them is charred sweet potatoes with pistachio-chili pesto! A non traditional Thanksgiving Food.

The sweet potatoes are roasted in the oven until they’re nice and crispy, then topped with a creamy, flavorful pesto. It’s the perfect dish for someone like me who loves sweets and savory flavors.

4. Brussels Sprouts Latke

These crispy, savory latkes are a fun and unique way to enjoy Brussels sprouts! Shredded Brussels sprouts are mixed with other ingredients, then fried until golden brown. Serve this non traditional Thanksgiving Food with applesauce or sour cream for your delicious Thanksgiving side dish.

5. Pimento Cheese Stuffed Shishito Peppers

A non traditional Thanksgiving food! They’re bite-sized, easy to eat, and full of flavor. Plus, they’re a great way to get your vegetables in.

6. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potatoes added a lovely sweetness to the dish, and the marshmallows gave it a nice bit of crunch. This is now people’s go-to mashed potato recipe for Thanksgiving (and any other time)!

7. Cranberry Pecan Salad

This salad is a new favorite way to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. It’s bright, flavorful, and a little bit unexpected. The cranberries and pecans add the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch.

And the goat cheese adds a lovely creaminess. Why not give this salad a try this holiday season?

8. Apple Walnut Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

A favorite non-traditional Thanksgiving food for many. It is an Apple Walnut Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette. 

This dish is so simple to make, and it’s delicious. The sweetness of the apples, the walnuts’ crunch, and the vinaigrette’s tartness are a perfect combination.

So, if you’re looking for something different to bring to your Thanksgiving feast this year, give this dish a try!

9. Crunchy Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Aioli Dip

A particular type of non traditional Thanksgiving Food. These Crunchy Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Aioli Dip are the perfect alternative to the dull green beans typically served on Thanksgiving.

10. Sugar Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a holiday staple, but why not mix things up this year with a sugar pumpkin pie? And it’s easier to make than you might think – be sure to give yourself enough time to let the sugar pumpkins roast before you start baking.

11. Maple Pecan Stuffed Apples

These stuffed apples look like they’d be the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table. They’re a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, and a lot delicious. 

Also, the maple pecan filling would be the perfect complement to the apples. Plus, they’re super easy to make and can be made ahead of time, which is always a bonus on busy holidays.

12. Carrot Pigs in a Blanket

These little guys are easy to make and are a fun twist on the classic pigs in a blanket. But you could also use regular carrots cut into thin strips. The key is to get them nice and crispy. They are usually baked, but you could also fry them.

13. Roasted Winter Vegetable Platter

A non traditional Thanksgiving Food. The veggies are roasted to perfection, and the sauces add the perfect amount of flavor. Plus, it’s a dish everyone can enjoy, even if they’re not turkey fans!

14. Miniature Banoffee Cobblers

They’re the perfect size for individual servings and packed with flavor. Plus, they’re straightforward to make. Give these a try if you’re looking for a new twist on an old classic.

15. Chocolate Semifreddo Seduction

It’s a chocolate mousse cake, and it is SO GOOD. The best part is that it can be made ahead of time, so you don’t have to stress about it on Thanksgiving day.

16. Apple Tart With Soft Pretzel Crust

Why not switch things up from apple pie to apple tart this year. Also, the salty pretzel crust will be a nice contrast to the sweet apples and caramelized sugar. Plus, it’ll be a fun twist on a classic Thanksgiving dessert.

17. Giant cinnamon roll

Giant cinnamon rolls are non traditional Thanksgiving Food, really treasure. What’s not to love? They’re big, they’re fluffy, and they’re covered in delicious cinnamon sugar

Plus, they make your house smell amazing while they’re baking.

18. Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Topping

Non traditional Thanksgiving Food. These are no ordinary cookies. They’re made with sweet potatoes and are technically a vegetable dish. And the marshmallow topping is to die for.

So if you’re looking for something a little different this year, give these a try. You won’t be sorry!

19. Creme Caramel

You’re thinking, Carmen, crème caramel is French. What does that have to do with Thanksgiving? My friends, I am here to tell you that creme caramel is the perfect non-traditional Thanksgiving food.

Why? Let me list the reasons:

  1. It’s elegant AF. Impress your guests with your ~sophisticated~ palate by serving them something other than pumpkin pie.
  2. It’s easy to make. You can find a recipe online or in a cookbook, and it doesn’t require any unique ingredients you can’t find at your local grocery store.
  3. It’s versatile.

20. Ina Garten’s Roasted Broccolini and Cheddar

If you are looking for new and exciting recipes to add to your Thanksgiving feast this year, try Ina Garten’s Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar.

It’s a departure from the traditional green bean casserole but still has all the savory flavors that make Thanksgiving dinner delicious. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be served as a side dish or main course. I’m sure my family will love it!

21. Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

It’s healthy, filling, and has a great crunch. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about it on the day of Thanksgiving. 

22. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto

A recipe loved by many. Portobello mushrooms stuffed with barley risotto. It’s hearty and filling but still has that light, earthy flavor I crave this time of year. Plus, it’s super easy to make! 

So if you’re looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving food that will still leave you feeling satisfied, give this recipe a try.

23. Roasted Cabbage Steaks

One of many people’s favorite non-traditional Thanksgiving foods is roasted cabbage steaks. They’re easy to make and a great way to get your veggies in on Thanksgiving! 

Also, they’re a delicious alternative to traditional roasted turkey. If you’re looking for a delightful and easy way to switch up your Thanksgiving feast this year, try making roasted cabbage steaks!


Try some new recipes this year and mix up the usual Thanksgiving feast. You can’t wait to sink your teeth into a juicy turkey burger or a delicious pumpkin pie shake. 

Yum! Also looking forward to trying less traditional dishes like roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon or sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. Whatever you end up eating, I’m sure it will be delicious!

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