Spice Up Your Holiday Menu with These 6 Creole Thanksgiving Recipes

Special seasonings, spices, and even bourbon update typical Thanksgiving menu items, such as mashed potatoes and turkey, to become the foundation for a Creole-inspired Thanksgiving.

Whether you're partial to Creole cuisine or are looking to switch up the same old holiday dinner you serve every year, we made this menu for you. This festive Creole Thanksgiving menu takes traditional classics and adds a bit of spice. These recipes—including a spicy stuffing and a bourbon pumpkin pie—are all you need to host a Creole-inspired Thanksgiving. Use this easy menu to add some favorite foods to your celebration this year or go all out and make it a completely Creole Thanksgiving dinner. Grab your seasoning and get to work!

Creole Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Serve up a Louisiana Thanksgiving menu this year by making these six Creole recipes:

See photos and learn how to make each of these Creole recipes below.

Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
Andy Lyons

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. While the turkey roasts, work on the cranberry barbecue sauce—it's a tasty twist on classic Thanksgiving cranberry sauce!

Poultry Pick: To score a quick cooking time and succulent meat, opt for bone-in turkey breasts or skinless, boneless turkey breasts instead of a whole bird.

Get the recipe: Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Savory Collard Greens
Andy Lyons

Vegetable Side Dish: Savory Collard Greens

Every Thanksgiving dinner has a few different veggie side dishes to choose from, but this collard greens recipe is head-and-shoulders above the rest. Skip Thanksgiving-typical green bean casserole or a ho-hum iceberg lettuce salad in favor of Creole collard greens. Pancetta and crushed red pepper add extra flavor to this Thanksgiving side dish.

Test Kitchen 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

Paella-Style Stuffing
Blaine Moats

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. The extra spiciness from the chorizo sausage will make this Thanksgiving stuffing recipe fit right in with the other Creole dishes on the menu.

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

Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Andy Lyons

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 that might even make you forget about the classic marshmallows and sweet potatoes pairing. These creamy mashed potatoes will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Get the recipe: Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Early Bird Herb Garden Turkey Pan Gravy
Andy Lyons

Gravy: Herb Garden Pan Gravy

Every Thanksgiving menu needs a standout gravy, and this one is no exception—but we also gave it a Creole twist. Take our traditional turkey gravy recipe and add thyme and sage to give it aromatic flavor. 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

Salted Pecan Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
Andy Lyons

Dessert: Salted Pecan Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

This dessert combines your favorite fall flavors, plus bourbon and ginger. You won't have to choose between pumpkin pie and pecan pie this year—this Creole dessert recipe has both!

Get the recipe: Salted Pecan Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

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