Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without the essential turkey dinner, but a few twists in the menu to keep it interesting won't hurt.
There are many directions one can go when planning their extravagant Thanksgiving menu, and elegant side dishes are the perfect way to add a personal touch to the basic turkey dinner. Here are some great dishes to add flare and flavor to your Thanksgiving dinner!
1. Mini Bacon Mac-and-Cheese Pot Pies
- 1 box (5.5 to 7.25 oz) macaroni and cheese dinner, plus butter and milk called for on box
- 1 pouch (4 oz) butternut squash purée
- 4 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup shredded American cheese (4 oz)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 can original biscuits (from the refrigerator aisle)
- Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8 (6-oz) glass custard cups with cooking spray. Place on pan with sides.
- Make macaroni and cheese as directed on box. Stir in squash purée, bacon, cheese, and paprika.
- Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Press each biscuit to form 5 1/2-inch round. Place 1 round in each custard cup, pressing in bottom and up side. Spoon generous 1/3 cup macaroni mixture into each.
- Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool for 1 minute. Remove from glass cups.
2. Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 1 (14-oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
- 1 (9-oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
- 4 oz. (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Heat oven to 325°F. In 1-quart casserole, combine all ingredients except paprika; mix well.* Sprinkle with paprika.
- Bake at 325°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
3. Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potatoes
- 3 (15-oz.) cans sweet potatoes, drained
- 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 15 large marshmallows
- Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place sweet potatoes in sprayed baking dish. Pour margarine over potatoes. Sprinkle with brown sugar and salt. Top with marshmallows.
- Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are thoroughly heated and marshmallows are lightly browned.
4. Brie and Cranberry Pizza
- 1 can crescent dinner rolls (from the refrigerator aisle)
- 1 (8-oz.) pkg. Brie cheese, rind removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3/4 cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Heat oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a 12-inch pizza pan or 13x9-inch pan with olive or vegetable oil. Unroll dough; separate into triangles. Place triangles in oiled pan with tips toward center. Press out dough with hands. Bake at 425°F. for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Remove crust from oven. Sprinkle cheese over partially baked crust. Place cranberry sauce in small bowl; stir to break up pieces. Spoon cranberry sauce by teaspoonfuls evenly over cheese. Sprinkle with pecans.
- Return to oven; bake an additional 6 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges or squares.