Thanksgiving TurkeyAs the holidays draw near, we are all busily preparing for our guests to arrive, decorating our homes and ensuring sleeping arrangements are made. But, what is are we going to serve for the holiday feast this year?

Over the years, it is easy to fall into a somewhat habitual menu, serving the same foods year-after-year. For Thanksgiving: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, and cranberry sauce. And for Christmas, a more customized menu based on family preferences.

This is the year to change up the menu and surprise your guests with either some new additions or new versions of your favorite dishes.

What are some foods to add to your holiday menu?

Appetizers

Sweet Potato Rounds

As everyone is waiting for the turkey to be done, start the day off with some delicious appetizers. There are many options to choose from, but these sweet potato rounds from Martha Stewart are sure to impress. With cilantro and cotija cheese, these nacho-like appetizers take only 35 minutes and are easy to share.

Spinach Cheese Puffs

Help hold your guests over with some spinach cheese puffs. Or, keep your own appetite at bay while baking the main dishes. With spinach, cream cheese, and bacon, your guests are sure to love these delicious bites from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice.

 

Side dishes

Mashed potatoes- everyone's favorite side dish

Roasted Green Beans & Mushrooms

It is no secret that green bean casserole isn’t the most-healthy side dish, so this year, try a healthier option this year of roasted green beans & mushrooms. Try this simple recipe from JoyfulHealthyEats.com.

Mashed Potatoes

Some would argue that Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving without the mashed potatoes. However, if you’ve made the same buttery mashed potatoes year-after-year, try adding some new flavors into the mix this year. The Food Network has 50 different recipes to choose from; spicy chipotle, orange-fennel, and even bacon!

 

Desserts

Pumpkin pie just in time for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin-Espresso Tiramisu

Now we are not saying take away the pumpkin pie this year! But, we are saying maybe add a second dessert into the mix. Most people like to enjoy a cup of coffee with their dessert so combining pumpkin and coffee into one tasty dessert seems natural. Try this recipe from Southern Living and see what your guests have to say!

Oreo Cookie Turkeys

While the adults enjoy their sophisticated pies, entertain and impress the kids with these clever Oreo cookie turkeys from Food.com! Make them in advanced as a special surprise or have the kids get involved the day of. Either way, these are fun to make!

As you prepare your menu for Thanksgiving 2016, don’t feel overwhelmed to change your entire menu. Instead, try incorporating one new dish and see how receptive your friends and family are. Then, next year, try another new dish! Make it a tradition to try something new.

 

What are some dishes that you and your family make that aren’t your typical holiday dish? We would love to add your recipes to the above list! Leave your recipes in the comments below.