Whether you're partial to Creole cuisine or are looking to switch up the same-old, same-old Thanksgiving dinner you serve every year, we have just the menu you need. This Creole Thanksgiving menu takes traditional Thanksgiving classics and adds a bit of spice.
Then, rather than going the expected wine pairing route, add a round of cocktails!
Entrée: Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
Turkey is the traditional option on Thanksgiving Day, but this bird is anything but ordinary. Paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and chili powder team up to give this Thanksgiving dinner some Creole flair.
Poultry Pick: To score a quick cooking time and succulent meat, opt for bone-in turkey breasts or boneless, skinless turkey breasts instead of a whole bird.
Get the recipe: Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
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Vegetable Side Dish: Savory Collard Greens
Skip Thanksgiving-typical green beans or a ho-hum iceberg lettuce salad in favor of Creole collards. Pancetta and crushed red pepper add extra flavor to the Thanksgiving side dish.
Tip: To remove grit from collard greens, immerse greens in a clean sink filled with water. Rinse well and drain in a colander.
Get the recipe: Savory Collard Greens
Stuffing: Paella-Style Stuffing
One part classic stuffing, one part pepper-and-sausage paella. While this recipe technically serves six, the fully loaded skillet will feed a few more when served as a Thanksgiving side.
Make-Ahead Tip: Assemble this stuffing recipe the night before you're celebrating Thanksgiving, then bake it in the oven 1 hour before dinnertime.
Get the recipe: Paella-Style Stuffing
Potato Side Dish: Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mix Creole and traditional Thanksgiving cuisine this holiday season in your sweet potato recipe. Bourbon, bacon, and maple syrup take this side dish to new heights—you might even forget about the classic marshmallows and sweet potatoes pairing.
Get the recipe: Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Gravy: Herb Garden Pan Gravy
Take our traditional turkey gravy recipe and add thyme and sage to give it some spice. Whether you serve this recipe with an entirely Creole menu or with classic Thanksgiving dishes, it's sure to impress.
Easy-Prep Tip: Place fresh herb leaves in a measuring bowl and snip them with kitchen scissors. For herbs with tough stems (like thyme), strip the leaves from the stem first.
Get the recipe: Herb Garden Pan Gravy
Skipping turkey this year? Here's how to make gravy from zero drippings.
Dessert: Salted Pecan Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
Pecan pie and pumpkin pie walk into a bar … and order a glass of bourbon.
In all honesty, this dessert combines your favorite fall desserts, plus bourbon and ginger.
Get the recipe: Salted Pecan Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
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Cool Off with a Cocktail
Rather than serving wine with Thanksgiving dinner this year, pair your Creole Thanksgiving menu with a New Orleans- or Caribbean-inspired cocktail.
Aiming for a trendy vibe? Try: Rye New Fashioned
Like bourbon? Try: Bourbon Strawberry Smash
Prefer rum? Try: Hurricane
Feeling festive? Try: Raspberry-Champagne Fizz
Love red wine? Try: Apple-Cinnamon Winter Sangria