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11 New Twists on Thanksgiving Favorites

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It’s a scientific fact that recipes must continuously keep moving or die. My mistake, that’s sharks. But my point is, these Thanksgiving recipes are making a move, transforming the familiar into something new and deliciously different.

Not that there’s anything wrong with grandma’s traditional stuffing, but it’s perfectly okay for you to branch out a little and give the feast your own delicious spin with flavorful spices from McCormick in a variety of updated Thanksgiving dishes.

They are 11 Thanksgiving favorites that have been re-engineered with extra awesome. Have at 'em, America.

1. Deep-Fried Stuffing

Deep-fried stuffing, bumped up with poultry seasoning and Parmesan cheese, then breaded and dipped. Dip these perfect, crispy globes in gravy. Or cranberry sauce. Or peanut butter. It does not matter what.

Deep-Fried Stuffing

Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

2. Quinoa Stuffing

This recipe takes regular stuffing and just blows it up. It features quinoa, yes; plus an all-star supporting cast that includes butternut squash, zucchini, cranberries, and dried apricots. And did I mention it’s vegetarian and gluten-free? Boom!

Quinoa Stuffing

3. French Onion Green Bean Casserole

This casserole looks to the future by reaching back into the past. It’s a from-scratch green bean casserole that borrows from French onion soup’s ancient traditions. The caramelized onions, the Gruyere cheese, the nutmeg, the thyme…yes, please.

Chef John's Green Bean Casserole

4. Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Offer mascarpone mashed potatoes to uncle Ned, and you know what's coming: “I don’t know about Nascar and a pony, but I could sure use some mashed potatoes.” Good times. Creamy mascarpone cheese gives this make-ahead casserole a terrific buttery texture and helps develop the golden-brown crust.

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

5. Grandma's Apple Pie 'Ala Mode' Moonshine

Do not try this at home! I'm sorry, DO try it at home. This homemade 'shine is completely legal and safe...when consumed within reason. But flavored with cloves and cinnamon sticks, it tastes like apple pie, so watch out.

Grandma's Apple Pie 'Ala Mode' Moonshine

Photo by Tara

6. Spiced Apple Chutney

Okay, so you've enjoyed apples in your pie and in your moonshine. Now let fall's favorite fruit sidle up to your turkey and say hello. This spiced apple chutney—fragrant with ginger and star anise--is the perfect partner for roasted meats. After Turkey Day, try it with grilled or broiled pork chops. It’s a winner all year long.

Spiced Apple Chutney

7. Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Have your cake, and eat your veggies too. Along with a sensational caramel pecan sauce. Nom Nom Nom.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Photo by SunFlower

8. Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

It's only a matter of time before someone makes pizza out of Thanksgiving leftovers. And that time...is now. Though this be madness, yet there is deliciousness in’t. And, really, it should be seen to be believed. Good thing we have the video.

9. Sweet Potato and Coconut Bread

This is the sweet, spiced bread the pilgrims wanted to make with their leftover sweet potatoes. Did they have cinnamon and nutmeg? Questionable. But you can certainly get your hands on some. Sadly, they were short on coconuts.

Sweet Potato and Coconut Bread

Photo by naples34102

10. Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons with Cranberry Salsa

Here's another thing the pilgrims probably won-ted to do with their leftovers. The genius here is that you can make and freeze these for later. Hosting a Christmas party? Why not, the apps are already done.

Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons with Cranberry Salsa

11. Turkey Manicotti with the Leftovers

Here's the recipe to make when you're finally fed up with leftover turkey. Why? Because it’s a master of disguise. It hides the turkey in tomato sauce and cheese and then rolls it up in homemade crepes. You won’t know it’s turkey. And that can be a good thing.

Turkey Manicotti

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