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7 Unique Side Dishes To Reinvent Your Thanksgiving Dinner
If you’re bored of traditional holiday side dishes, consider serving your turkey with something different this year!
Thanksgiving is a holiday where we celebrate our gratitude for the things and people that make life special by hosting a feast. While Thanksgiving Dinners traditionally include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner rolls, and cranberry sauce, there’s no hard and fast rule that says you must serve these specific items. If you don’t like one of the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes or simply want to do something different this year, we encourage you to try these 7 unique side dishes that are enjoyed each year throughout the United States. For all you know, your newest Thanksgiving side dish might just become a family tradition you look forward to each year!
While you’ve likely had green bean casserole or broccoli casserole on Thanksgiving, we doubt you’ve ever tried hashbrown casserole. But in Alaska, hashbrown casserole was the most popular Thanksgiving side dish in 2020 and we think that warrants giving it a try. As the name suggests, hashbrown casserole mixes diced hashbrown potatoes with a creamy sauce. It’s then topped with corn flakes and butter before baking. The final dish is supposed to be creamy, cheesy, buttery, crunchy, and absolutely delicious.
In Indiana, there is no better Thanksgiving side dish than deviled eggs. On a holiday that is oriented around eating lots of heavy food, it makes sense that Indiana residents are partial toward a lighter and at least somewhat healthy side dish. We can’t say deviled eggs are completely healthy because they are made with mayonnaise, but the boiled eggs are packed with protein, vitamin D, folate, selenium, and antioxidants. Deviled eggs are also relatively low in calories.
We know it sounds taboo, but not everyone actually likes to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. But if you want to serve a different kind of meat on Thanksgiving, turkey enchiladas like the ones made in Arizona are a great way to keep turkey on the table for those who do enjoy it. Turkey enchiladas are always topped with a savory sauce, and generally include ingredients like turkey, cheese, beans, peppers, and vegetables. Not only does this sound delicious, but we love how Arizona residents have converted traditional Mexican enchiladas into an ethnic Thanksgiving specialty.
Frog Eye Salad:
When we read that one of the most popular side dishes in Colorado is frog eye salad, we looked about as shocked as the frog in the picture above. However, you’ll be glad to know frog eye salad doesn’t actually include frog eyes or any parts of our amphibian friends at all. Instead, this unusual dish is made from a combination of pasta, fruit, eggs, whipped cream, and marshmallows. Think of it as an extra sweet pasta salad!
Most would argue that pretzel salad is probably more akin to a dessert than a side dish. However, residents of Deleware can all agree that pretzel salad is their favorite savory-sweet Thanksgiving treat. Traditional strawberry pretzel salads consist of a creamy and sweet cream cheese layer and a strawberry jello topping filled with fresh strawberries. Since national strawberry season is said to end in November, this recipe allows you to take advantage of fresh strawberries before they go on hiatus for a while. The pretzels come into the recipe by bringing the crunch factor in the form of a salty pretzel crust.
When you’re eating pumpkin pie, Hawaiians are probably savoring their pumpkin crunch. Even on an island, pumpkins are extremely popular in the Fall. Pumpkin crunch is a type of dessert that features a tasty layer of pumpkin sandwiched between a crunchy crust and fluffy, cream cheese frosting. Pumpkin Crunch is easy and quick to make, and should taste rich without being too heavy. Pumpkin Crunch is thought to be so popular in Hawaii because this dessert can maintain its flavor and structure in tropical conditions, and pairs with ethnic foods from the Hawaiian culture. That said, pumpkin crunch can be enjoyed anywhere and in any climate!
In New Jersey, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without stuffed artichokes. Stuffed artichokes may not be the turkey stuffing you’re used to, but once you take a bite they’ll be no going back! New Jersey has been the home for many immigrants throughout history and has always been a popular destination for Italians. As they began new lives in America, Italian immigrants also introduced the people of New Jersey to delicious recipes, including stuffed artichokes. Stuffed artichokes qualify as delicious comfort food that is quick and easy to make. The recipe mostly utilizes simple pantry ingredients you likely already have. The end result is garlicky, cheesy, has a hint of citrus, and is ultimately a flavorful crowd-pleaser.