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Best Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes in the USA

Best Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes in the USA

by Anne Shirley 26 days ago
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  • 1. Bacon Wrapped Turkey
  • 2. Honey and Lemon Glazed Roast Chicken
  • 3. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
  • 4. Potato Galette
  • 5. Sweet & Spicy Cornbread
  • 6. Pumpkin Truffles
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Every fourth Thursday in November, people in the United States gather with loved ones and extended family around tables full of food and drinks to celebrate Thanksgiving. Though originally a harvest festival, today it nearly overshadows Christmas day as the biggest holiday in America. When you think of Thanksgiving, you remember a gathering of families and relatives, you might not see often, unite for the day. Thanksgiving is the most celebrated secular holiday, full of plentiful meals, football, and parades. It is a moment to give thanks for everything in our lives.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually consists of roast turkey, stuffing with onions and celery, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Nothing against the classic Turkey Day menu, but there are a lot of proteins, side dishes, desserts, and vegetables that also deserve a little holiday love. With our world being as dynamic and ever-changing, it is natural for it to affect one of its biggest holidays. Here are some non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner dishes to try and spice up your spread this holiday season.

1. Bacon Wrapped Turkey
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Rodizio Grill Annapolis | Brazilian Steakhouse Restaurant
#128 of 563 restaurants in Annapolis, USA
1079 Annapolis Mall Rd, Annapolis, Maryland, USA
ClosedOpens at 5PM

It is difficult for some people to imagine Thanksgiving without turkey. Bacon added to it becomes a magical ingredient. It is delicious on its own, but when paired with other foods, turkey gives them a divine flavor. When you wrap bacon on the turkey, it helps to eliminate the need to brine or baste the turkey, reducing the workload. Also, it helps to impart moisture from the fat, saltiness, and a nice smokey flavor. Follow the process of brushing the turkey with butter, garlic, and lemon juice, and wrapping it in bacon strips using parchment paper. The result is a crispy bacon-covered moist turkey dripping with smokey and porky goodness.
If you are planning to go out for Thanksgiving dinner with your family, visit Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse to try their bacon-wrapped turkey.

2. Honey and Lemon Glazed Roast Chicken
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Rusty Pelican - Miami
#455 of 9942 restaurants in Miami, USA
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida, USA
ClosedOpens at 12PM

There is no better alternative to turkey than chicken for Thanksgiving. Inspired by the beautifully browned Peking duck, brushing chicken with a mixture of soya sauce, honey, and lemon juice will elevate your glazed roast chicken and leave your guests wanting more. Stuff the whole chicken with rosemary, garlic cloves, and lemon wedges. Brush with a generous portion of the honey, lemon, and soya sauce glaze. Roast the chicken in the oven and serve with a glass of Pinot noir for Thanksgiving dinner. But if your plans do not involve cooking, The Rusty Pelican can offer you a superb dinner as well.

3. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
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Giordano's
#12 of 77 pizza restaurants in West Des Moines, USA
120 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, Iowa, USA
ClosedOpens at 11AM

Thanksgiving dinner always needs some appetizers before the main event starts. Crab-stuffed mushrooms give you an appetizer that combines the retro classics of stuffed mushrooms and crab puffs into one irresistible bite. Roasting the heads of mushrooms before adding the filling helps to draw out the extra moisture. Mixing crabmeat with butter, cream cheese, and panko folded in together with garlic makes for a flavor-packed filling. Giordano’s version of these delicious appetizers is worth trying if you plan to visit this multi-chain restaurant for Thanksgiving.

4. Potato Galette
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Moonshadows Malibu
#7 of 77 seafood restaurants in Malibu, USA
20356 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California, USA
ClosedOpens at 11:30AM

A galette is a round and flat French tart or cake. Potato galette can be best described as a fancy French potato tart. When you combine hash browns and fries, you get a beautiful and crispy potato galette. It is easier to prepare, as shredding the potatoes instead of thinly slicing them helps save time, and it looks elegant too. Make sure to remove the excess water after grating the potatoes to get maximum crunch from your dish. You can add onions, bacon, garlic, etc., and don't forget to season your potato galette as per your preference. You can order Potato Galette at multiple restaurants around America, and we suggest you two places where you can enjoy trying this dish – Wolfgang Pucks’ restaurants in Boston and the Moonshadow in Malibu.

5. Sweet & Spicy Cornbread
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Ray's In the City
#28 of 3709 seafood restaurants in Atlanta, USA
240 Peachtree St, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
ClosedOpens at 11:30AM

No Thanksgiving feast is complete without bread. Try this divine Sweet & Spicy Cornbread for your Thanksgiving dinner guests, and be rest assured they will ask you for its recipe. This cornbread helps to combine the sweet honey flavor with a little heat from Fresno chilies. Mix cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, whole milk, and sour cream in an electric mixer. Bake the combined mixture in an oven for 45 minutes and serve this amazing bread with fresh honey drizzled on top. If you are not in the mood for baking then visit  ​​Ray’s in the City and enjoy an unforgettable dinner there.

6. Pumpkin Truffles
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Nougatine by Jean-Georges
#65 of 3055 seafood restaurants in West New York, USA
1 Central Park West, West New York, New Jersey, USA
ClosedOpens at 7AM

Truffle dessert got this peculiar name because of its resemblance to truffle mushrooms, an exquisite fine-dining delicacy with a nutty and earthy flavor. There are various types of truffle chocolate balls with multiple toppings and fillings.
Pumpkin truffles are made with chocolate, cream, and pumpkin dusted with cocoa powder. You can find this beautiful dessert at Jean Georges in New York. You can also try your hand at recreating this simple fall dessert made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, chocolate, and cream. A great idea would be packing these lovely homemade pumpkin truffles in a box and giving them to your friends and family. 

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all the good things in our life while appreciating the blessings and sharing a good time with our loved ones and close friends. Every year millions of Americans travel to their hometown to indulge in a special turkey meal. However, it is not always necessary to travel to enjoy a wholesome Thanksgiving meal. Visit one of these restaurants in America for a tasty Thanksgiving dinner: Napa Valley Wine Train in California, and Hill Country Barbeque Market in New York.

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