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Deep-Fried Stuffing! Plus 10 More T-Day Faves Re-engineered With Extra Awesome

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. Have at 'em, America.

1.) Deep-Fried Stuffing

5 Stars | Ready in 45 Minutes

So my editor, Blanche Mirepoix, tells me I should write a description here—even though I just wrote the words "deep," "fried," and "stuffing." 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

4.1 Stars | Ready in 45 Minutes

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

4.6 Stars | Ready in 90 Minutes

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. Yes, please.

Chef John's Green Bean Casserole

4.) Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

4.7 Stars | Ready in 55 Minutes

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

4.8 Stars |Ready in 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

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 it tastes like apple pie, so watch out.

Grandma's Apple Pie 'Ala Mode' Moonshine

Photo by Tara

6.) Spiced Apple Chutney

5 Stars | Ready in 2 Hours, 55 Minutes

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 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

4.7 Stars | Ready in 3 hours, 40 Minutes

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

5 Stars | Ready in 40 Minutes

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

4.7 Stars | Ready in 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

This is the sweet, spiced bread the pilgrims wanted to make with their leftover sweet potatoes. Sadly, they were short on coconuts.

Sweet Potato and Coconut Bread

Photo by naples34102

10.) Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons with Cranberry Salsa

4.8 Stars | Ready in 50 Minutes

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.

4.4 Stars | Ready in 2 Hours, 25 Minutes

Turkey Manicotti

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