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Unique Thanksgiving Recipe Suggestions?

Readers, Thanksgiving is just one day away, and our community assistant needs your help! She's looking for a fast, scrumptious, and impressive dish. She writes:

"This Thanksgiving I am attending dinner at boyfriend's parents' house, and I want to a bring a dish that will really wow them. I need a recipe that is quick yet delicious. I am unsure what to make, and since I know they will have plenty of the traditional dishes, I want to bring something that is unique. Do you have any suggestions?"

She doesn't specify the course, so let's provide her with appetizer, entrée, side, dessert, and drink options. My advice? She should bring all the ingredients to a specialty cocktail! It's unexpected, and the process of mixing the drinks is a great way to break the ice. A nice cocktail shaker, muddler, and bottle of alcohol can double as a hostess gift.

Share your recommendations in the comments below!

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fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
RanchersGirl, Would you believe that it's never been tried with black olives at my home before? It's always been one of those old family holiday recipes that has been carved in stone. It would be worth a try, though! Maybe with some mixed olives from an olive bar? No bacon, though. Save that for the leftover sandwiches! Did I just say that???
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
@fuzzles: Your family recipe sounds terrifc! May I substitute black olives and add crumbled bacon? :) @zeze: Your recipe sounds pretty delicious too! Mushrooms, sauteed onions, Parmesean cheese...what's not to like? :) :drool:
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Ooooh...and be sure to use the green olives with pimento.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
My family always noshes on olive dip before the meal. It's stupid easy and delicious. Just soften up some cream cheese and toss in hearty amounts of chopped jarred green olives and minced yellow onion. Thin a bit with a little juice from the olive jar. Chill a few hours before serving with carrot and celery sticks for dipping.
adtafoya adtafoya 6 years
You guys are life savers!
lauren lauren 6 years
Oh my goodness, I am so excited to see all of these suggestions! I am definately trying the French onion stuffed mushrooms and your virginieMD, your mozzarella dish looks divine and I happen to have everything for it! And llendril, everything looks delicious on your menu!
susanec susanec 6 years
These work for various holiday parties, they're good warm, cold, with a variety of cheese. I usually make them with filo. http://patentandthepantry.wordpress.com/2008/10/13/butternut-squash-and-caramelized-onion-pastries/
llendril llendril 6 years
http://thedelectableword.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-thanksgiving-menu-2008.html A few ideas there on my blog. :)
VirginieMD VirginieMD 6 years
I tried this mozzarella appetizer last weekend and posted the recipe to my OnSugar blog. It was ridiculously easy to make (took 5 minutes to put together), incredibly delicious and almost too beautiful to eat: http://www.lamenageredebutante.com/Entre-Festive-Mozzarella-di-Bufala-avec-Pomme-Grenade-Piment-Fort-Menthe-et-Persil-12200021 My blog is in French but there is a Google Translate widget at the top of the page.
zeze zeze 6 years
I've got the most delicious appetizer, saw it on Pioneer Woman - French Onion stuffed mushrooms. Cook thinly sliced onions in butter until golden, add your favorite herb (sage, bay leaf, whatever you like) when its done - Toss some mushroom caps in olive oil on high to give them some color, then fill them with the onions and top with your fav melty cheese (gruyere, swiss) and cook in the oven until cheese is melted and the mushrooms are cooked. I topped mine with a Parmesan/breadcrumb mix on top. Sooo good!
eatspinrunrepeat eatspinrunrepeat 6 years
If you're looking for a side dish, I made Baked Butternut Squash and Cranberries for Canadian Thanksgiving last month. The recipe is really easy to make. If you're interested, you can find it here: http://eatspinrunrepeat.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/baked-butternut-squash-and-cranberries/
adtafoya adtafoya 6 years
Thanks Michelle!!
Mimikins Mimikins 6 years
If you are looking for a unique dessert - you may want to try this Pumpkin Banana Mousse! I have not tried it yet so I can't guarantee that it is delicious but it definitely looks like it is easy to make (something differnt from the regular staple pumpkin pie) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pumpkin-banana-mousse-tart... It even comes with a video - so you can be the judge! - Michelle.
Mimikins Mimikins 6 years
If you are looking for a unique dessert - you amy want to try this Pumpkin Banana Mousse! I have not tried it yet so I can't guarantee that is is delicious but it definitely looks like it is easy to make (something differnt from the regular staple pumpkin pie) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pumpkin-banana-mousse-tart-recipe/index.html It even comes with a video - so you can be the judge! - Michelle.
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