If I were a completely traditional cook, our Thanksgiving table would be filled with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing. For dessert, we’d have pumpkin or pecan or apple pie. The thing is, I’m not a traditional cook. I’m not planning on doing anything completely “out there” for the holiday, but I do like adding fun or creative twists to liven up the appetizers, sides and desserts. For instance, I’ll be roasting brussels sprouts in maple syrup for a touch of sweetness and simmering squash in browned butter. Instead of pumpkin pie, I’ll be making pumpkin cake (though that is largely because my husband’s birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year).
Where is your dinner going to fall on the traditional versus unique Thanksgiving dinner spectrum? If you’re in the middle or close to the traditional end, try one of these classic side dishes with a twist.