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Alternative Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year for foodies. Don’t get me wrong – I love the usual Thanksgiving food, but sometimes it’s nice to try out some different recipes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out one of these recipes! Most of these recipes are quick to make, which is great if you need something to add to your table this Thanksgiving.

Mashed Cauliflower


  • 1/2 to 1 full head of chopped cauliflower

  • Salt and pepper

  • Optional: cheese and milk


  • Boil around 2 cups of water in a pot and steam cauliflower until a fork can easily pierce it. (Roughly 7-8 mins).

  • Remove cauliflower from heat and place in bowl to mash it.

  • Mash the cauliflower and add cheese and/or milk while it is still hot and until you have the desired consistency.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Brussel Sprouts and Bacon


  • 1 bag of fresh Brussel sprouts (cut in half)

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 8 strips of raw bacon

  • 2 cloves of garlic (diced)

  • Salt and pepper


  • Cook the bacon in pan and remove once crisp.

  • Keep bacon juice and add the garlic to the pan

  • Once garlic is golden brown, add Brussel sprouts and oil. (Cook around 10-15 mins or until desired).

  • Crumble the bacon into the Brussel sprouts and add salt and pepper to taste.

Parsnip and Carrot Puree


  • 2 parsnips, peeled

  • 3 large carrots, peeled

  • Salt and pepper


  • Fill a pot with 2 cups of water and steam the carrots and parsnips until they can be pierced easily with a fork.

  • Mash the vegetables and then put them into a food processor and blend until smooth.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce: Try fresh cranberry sauce over a can this year!


  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • ½ cup of orange juice

  • 4 cups of water


  • Bring water to a boil and add cranberries

  • As the cranberries start to burst (about 8 mins later) and form more of a sauce, add the 2 cups of sugar and stir in orange juice

  • Continue to cook until it becomes jelly-like and thickens up

  • If desired, add more water to the cranberries while they are cooking if it becomes too dry.

Monkey Bread


  • 1 pack of Pillsbury hot roll mix

  • 1 packet of yeast (in hot roll mix)

  • ¾ cup of warm water

  • ½ tsp of salt

  • 2 eggs  

  • 1/3  stick of butter


  • Dissolve the packet of yeast in the hot water.

  • Stir in salt and eggs.

  • Add hot roll flour mixture and blend well.

  • Cover and let rise for 1 hour in a warm area, such as on top of the stove.

  • Toss dough on a floured surface until it’s not sticky and roll out.

  • Cut into triangular pieces with roughly a 6 inch base.

  • Melt butter and dip triangles in then layer in a bundt pan.

  • Cover pan and let rise for another hour.

  • Place in oven at 400 degrees for 35-40 mins or until golden brown.

  • Let cool for about 5 mins then flip over onto a plate and enjoy!

After reading these recipes, we hope that you will be inspired to try one, or at least that you enjoyed seeing these different takes on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner!

Hi my name is Jess Tartaglio and I am a current sophomore at Emmanuel College in Boston. I am studying for a bachelor's in graphic design with a minor in business. Along with Her Campus I dance through Colleges of the Fenway.
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