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Non-traditional Thanksgiving Menu Plan – Frugal Living NW

A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Plan -- Change up your Thanksgiving routine this year with these delicious recipes!

In 2011, my extended family decided to mix things up for Thanksgiving. We swapped out old standards for different recipes, most of which we’d never tried before. There was a flurry of emails and texts between all of us, as we split up food assignments and shopping lists. We met early and cooked together all afternoon.

Nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner menu

I loved it. It was my very favorite Thanksgiving meal ever. Unfortunately, there was a big fuss from the traditionalists in the family, so things have gone back to the turkey + stuffing routine.

If your family wants to party like it’s 2011, here are some of the recipes we used for that delicious dinner. Enjoy (and save some leftovers for me)!

Nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner menu


:: Bacon Wrapped Dates

:: Cheese Plate

:: Bruschetta with different toppings


:: Caramelized Butternut Squash

:: Cauliflower Gratin

:: Green Bean Salad with Fried Almonds

:: Raw Tuscan Kale Salad

:: Roast Prime Rib

:: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

:: Sweet Potato Biscuits


:: Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

:: Cranberry Apple Cake

:: Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake

I’d love to hear from you! Have you ever gone non-traditional for a holiday that centers around food? (Also, are there any holidays that DON’T center around food?)

Looking for more delicious recipe ideas for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Recipes -- A huge list of dinner, brunch, and dessert recipes to make your Thanksgiving special!

Make sure you also check out our big list of traditional Thanksgiving dinner recipes here!

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