With dishes like cilantro-lime turkey and candied red hot pears, these fresh Thanksgiving recipes play on classic flavor pairings in fun, inventive ways.
Introduce your Thanksgiving crowd to a dessert that's as daring as it is delicious: red hot pears. The secret to their sass? Cinnamon candies. Sizzle the pair in chopped ginger then serve over sweet slices of shortbread.
The canned stuff is so passe. Try your hand at homemade cranberry relish. Ours is bubbled in white wine, cinnamon, and brown sugar. We even toss in dried tart cherries -- because cranberries can't have all the fun.
You've never tried sweet potatoes quite like this. Paired with cauliflower, infused with smashed garlic, and rolled in panko crumbs, this new side gives a whole new meaning to holiday finger food.
Thanksgiving without mac and cheese? Not on our watch. Here, we stud the essential holiday side with good-old Granny Smiths and irresistibly crispy bacon. Dijon and Gouda tang it up.
The spices in this Thanksgiving turkey are hallmarks of Southwestern cooking -- cumin, chili powder, garlic, and pepper. Bonus: Roasting turkey breasts instead of an entire 12-pound bird cuts baking time by half, making them the perfect pick for a smaller guest list.
Skip the Caesar salad for a vibrant new side: blood orange salad. The dripping-in-citrus dish gets its slightly spicy kick from raw fennel.
A chilly bottle of Chardonnay takes these once-bland carrots to fancy new heights. Sizzle them in honey and fresh cracked pepper for a candylike kick.
With customizable coatings -- dried fruit, nutty coconut, and bacon-jalapeno -- who wouldn't love a smear of smoky cheese ball on their go-to cracker?