This year, surprise your guests with a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving feast. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with the classics, but we thought it would be fun to hack a go-to favorite – or five. From spicy Sriracha cornbread to a pumpkin cocktail recipe that you’ll be making all winter long, we’re sure your guests will gobble these up.
Soy sauce and honey glazed turkey
Photo: Food and Wine
Imagine roast duck, with its lacquered skin and juicy flesh, and now imagine your Thanksgiving turkey getting that same delicious treatment. This recipe from Food & Wine marinates and bastes the bird in soy sauce, honey, ginger and sesame oil, then just roast away. The gravy is especially delicious drizzled over a rice stuffing (see below).
Photo: Haute Pepper Bites
We’re one week out from Thanksgiving, but we can already imagine how good this freshly-baked cornbread will taste spread with butter and dipped into pumpkin soup. And we’re excited to try this twist on a classic, adding a swirl of Sriracha to the cornbread mix which gives it a lovely bite whether you’re baking the cornbread into muffins or in your favorite cast-iron pan.
Cheesy green bean casserole
Photo: Spicy Southern Kitchen
Inspired by this beloved Pinterest recipe, we’re gilding the lily by topping this classic creamy side dish with grated parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs for a golden, crispy topping. Don’t forget to stock up on green beans, cream of chicken soup, and chicken broth.
Craisin and pistachio rice stuffing
Photo: Cooks Illustrated
Move over, turkey – this jeweled rice stuffing is our pick for Instagrammable dish of the day. Studded with sweet-tart craisins and emerald pistachios, try this stuffing twist with white rice, brown rice, or nutty quinoa as the base.
Pumpkin old-fashioned cocktail
Photo: Southern Living
Add a spoonful of Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin to your favorite bourbon-based cocktail for an instantly festive old-fashioned.
Which Thanksgiving recipe hacks will you be trying this year? Tell us in the comments below.