Many friends, many relatives, many celebrations. Eating the same stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, and turkey legs at each event can get tiresome. Chowhound compiled a list of 15 contributions to inspire your creativity at this year’s Thanksgiving season, which often stretches to many weeks of indulgence.
This a light starter, with notes of sesame sauce, sesame oil, and ginger to cleanse the palate before a big feast. It only requires about 15 minutes of prep time and should be served immediately, ideal for throwing together a sophisticated small dish on a time crunch. Get our Ahi Poke Tuna recipe.
These potstickers are a creative starter that can be premade and frozen for up to one month. Make a large batch, freeze, and bring to each of your events in November—or indulge as a late-night snack. Get our Pork and Shrimp Potstickers recipe.
This twist on the classic cranberry sauce is easy to prepare, with only about five minutes of active time. You’ll impress your friends with the use of fennel, and won’t have to suffer through another canned cranberry sauce dinner. Get our Fennel and Walnut Cranberry Sauce recipe.
Cornbread and oysters are a classic—often forgotten—combination. Bring to your next Thanksgiving dinner for a comfort food classic with a twist. Get our Cornbread and Oyster Stuffing recipe.
While we’ll likely never get tired of mashed potatoes, these loaded hash brown cakes put a creative twist on the Thanksgiving classic. Full of spices and topped with cheddar, it’s a guaranteed hit. Get our Cheesy Skillet Potato Cake recipe.
This dish lies somewhere between a stuffing and a gratin, and it is delicious regardless of labels. It’s rich, creamy, and filling beside the traditional turkey leg or protein dish. Get our Mixed Mushroom Casserole recipe.
This hearty collection of root vegetables is an incredible alternative to traditional Shepherd’s pie for vegetarian guests and meat eaters alike. It only takes about 45 minutes of active preparation and easily serves as the star of the feast. Get our Root Vegetables Shepherd’s Pie recipe.
If you haven’t tried bulgur before, we highly recommend it. The grain is nutritious, hearty, and filling, lending well to the sweet carrots and crunchy sunflower seeds in this dish. Get our Bulgur Pilaf with Roasted Carrots and Parsnips recipe.
This vegetarian-friendly bread pudding is a delicious alternative to traditional meat-filled stuffings. Don’t let the vegetarian label fool you—this gravy and cheese-filled dish and hearty and filling. Get our Mushroom and Fennel Bread Pudding recipe.
With a light interior and crusty exterior, this savory main dish serves as a creative alternative to mashed potatoes or stuffing. Get our Smoked Cheddar Soufflé recipe.
Typically highly processed and bland in flavor, tofurkey gets a bad rep. Trust us, this is different. Chowhound’s homemade tofurkey is fresh, nutty, and hearty. While it’s a bit time-intensive, this is an excellent replacement for vegetarian or non-turkey fans in your group. Get our Homemade Tofurkey with Brown Rice Stuffing recipe.
Bring this cake to your friendsgiving feast, and you can be certain it won’t be forgotten. An entire turkey dinner in one slice, it takes about two hours to prepare and will certainly be filling. Get our Thanksgiving Turkey Cake recipe.
Work some veggies into your dessert with a fresh zucchini cake. The batter is made with autumn spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and the finished product is beautifully decorated with crushed pecans. Get our Zucchini Layer Cake recipe.
This easy, healthy recipe (as the name indicates) only requires two ingredients and yields a delicious ice cream to supplement any chocolate, apple, pumpkin, or nutty dessert at your gathering. Get our Two-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream recipe.
When you’re nursing a stuffed, post-dinner stomach but still want to indulge in dessert, these cupcakes are light, airy, and incredibly delicious. The recipe yields about 25 cupcakes—ideal for splitting and sharing. Get our Angel Food Cupcakes recipe.