My friend is a great cook. She had Thanksgiving dinner with her in-laws for the 1st time last year. She did most of the cooking. She is a very adventurous cook & finds most of the classic T-day recipes to be boring. So she made a savory sweet potato gratin w/onions, and did a spicy rub on the skin of the turkey, among other things. Her mother-in-law shows up with a sweet-potato marshmallow casserole & is horrified with the dinner my friend has prepared. She says in all her "50 years of Thanksgivings, this is the worst Thanksgiving dinner EVER!" As you can imagine, things got pretty ugly after that.
Well, my friend is doing a Thanksgiving party next weekend for all her friends, where she can be as experimental as she wants. She's asking people to bring either an appetizer or dessert. I've been looking thru my cookbooks, but I figured you hounds would have some good ideas, for twist on T-day stuff, or just some interesting Fall recipes in general. Thanks!!