New Traditions Thanksgiving Dinner

With dishes like cilantro-lime turkey and candied red hot pears, these fresh Thanksgiving recipes play on classic flavor pairings in fun, inventive ways.

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    Spicy Ginger Red Hot Pears

    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.

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    Curried Carrot Butter

    Give your French baguette something to talk about. Every lush smear of this DIY carrot butter is brimming with curry, fresh ginger, and silky coconut milk.

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    Roasted Cauliflower with Cranberries

    Hot new couple alert! This Thanksgiving, classic cauliflower and ruby-red cranberries mingle in a sweet-savory side dish that's sure to win your heart. Fresh mint keeps the pair light and fresh.

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    Tart Cherry-Cranberry Relish

    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.

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    Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Fritters

    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.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

    Everything tastes better with bacon, and this twisted Thanksgiving turkey gets two delicious doses: one in the coating and one in the bacon-onion gravy. It doesn't get more savory than this.

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    Apple-Bacon Mac and Cheese

    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.

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    BBQ Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast

    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.

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    Fennel and Orange Salad

    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.

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    Herbed Nuts in Honey

    Don't just set mixed nuts in a bowl -- herb them up with sprigs of fresh marjoram, honey, and cracked black pepper. Seal in jars and refrigerate up to 1 month.

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    Sour Cream and Corn Mashers

    Treat yourself to a slew of holiday favorites in one: classic mashed potatoes, fresh-off-the-cob corn, and green onions in a swirl of cool sour cream. A sprinkle of paprika gives it a global finale.

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    Chardonnay Glazed Carrots

    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.

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    Pumpkin Bars with Marcona Almonds

    Pumpkin pie is so last year. These gorgeous almond-topped bars put a share-worthy spin on the season's most favored flavor. Don't forget to top them with a squeeze of whipped cream and pure maple syrup.

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    Cilantro-Lime Rubbed Turkey

    Give your turkey a taste of the tropics with lip-puckering lime peel and kicky shreds of cilantro. Leftover pan drippings are the base of the citrus-spiked gravy.

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    Cheddar-Crusted Apple-Pomegranate Galette

    Who says desserts can't be cheesy? This easy fall galette (fancy for "pastry") starts with a flaky cheddar crust and finishes with warm sugared apples and juicy pomegranate seeds.

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    Smoky Cheese Ball

    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?

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    Mini Crab Cakes

    Who says Thanksgiving is just for turkey? Cook up something different this year with meaty crab cakes decked in lemony seasonings and homemade orange aioli sauce. These minis take hors d'oevre hour to a whole new level.

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    Paella-Style Stuffing

    Inspired by the popular Valencian dish, this golden paella stuffing recipe features far-off flavors like saffron and pimiento. It will make your Thanksgiving dinner a fiesta to remember.

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    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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