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Creative Thanksgiving Dishes Every Hostess Will Be Grateful For

Your host will appreciate your creativity and your fellow Thanksgiving feasters will light up with the unique options. So don't go bringing the same old green bean casserole, test your culinary talents with one of these delicious dishes.

Sesame Green Beans

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Fresh green beans cooked in chicken broth and sesame seeds are exactly what your feast needs. With only 10 minutes of cook time, you can whip them up right before you head out. Head over to A Pinch of Joy to get the full recipe.

Photo: A Pinch of Joy

Sweet Potato Fries

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Love french fries? Us too, but because golden McDonald's salty goodness doesn't scream Thanksgiving, we found this tasty recipe from Whole Bite Blog. Slice up your potatoes, soak, top with garlic and parmesan, and bake. Be sure to serve with the pesto mayo.

Photo: Whole Bite Blog


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If you've never had pierogis, you are sincerely missing out. Also known as potato dumplings, these little poppers from The Screaming Artichoke are filled with mashed potatoes and lightly fried in oil. You can also add bits of bacon or sour cream for more flavor.

Photo: The Screaming Artichoke

Gluten-Free Rolls

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Bringing a gluten-free dish shows you put thought and consideration into your baking. Even if there aren't any dietary needs for it, these rolls from King Arthur Flour taste amazing. Especially with homemade cinnamon butter.

Photo: King Arthur Flour

Whiskey-Glazed Carrots

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Thanksgiving isn't about eating healthy, which is good because these glazed carrots from Martha Stewart are more delicious than nutritious. Melted butter, red wine vinegar, and honey make for a savory and sweet side.

Photo: Martha Stewart

Cornbread Apple Stuffing

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Here's a trick: use cornbread for your stuffing base. It provides a sweeter flavor than other breads without ruining the consistency. We love this idea from Fork Knife Swoon, which also uses apples, onions and celery for more of a Thanksgiving flair.

Photo: Fork Knife Swoon

Creamed Corn

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Every feast needs corn, and this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens will have everyone at the table giving thanks. And the best part? It's super easy to make. The slow cooker does all the work for you in this loaded (with bacon!) creamed corn dish.

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

Farro and Cranberry Salad

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Salads aren't just for summer. Try this farro and cranberry salad from Des at Life's Ambrosia for a tasty dish worthy of fall.

Photo: Life's Ambrosia

Sweet Potato Casserole

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There's hardly anything better than sweet potato casserole during Thanksgiving—except maybe the Turkey. We love this recipe from Melissa at Cupcakes OMG, which combines sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and pecans. Trust us, it's better than dessert.

Photo: Cupcakes OMG

Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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Take your sauce to the next level with this recipe from Gimme Some Oven which combines orange juice and a dash of bourbon for a sweet and tangy twist on a Thanksgiving staple.

Photo: Gimme Some Oven

Pecan Pie Tartlets

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Who needs a whole pie when you can make these pecan tartlets. Head over to My Darling Vegan for the full recipe, but know to make plenty because your guests will gobble them up.

Photo: My Darling Vegan

Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

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Pumpkin is good. Chocolate is good. But when you combine them in these bars from Better Homes and Gardens you get "holy cow!" Plus, they can be cut to any size to accommodate any number of guests.

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach Cheese Bites

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These spinach bites from Lil Luna make for easy appetizers. Simply mix the cheeses with the spinach, form dough in a muffin tin, fill and bake. It's that easy.

Photo: Lil Luna

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

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Make asparagus Thanksgiving-ready by wrapping it in bacon and roasting it like they did at Martha Stewart. You could always swap in prosciutto or ham for the bacon, too.

Photo: Martha Stewart

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

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Cheese and crackers are so overdone. Instead, add an element of fun to the party with this smoky cheese ball from Better Homes and Gardens. Bonus: You can bring a variety of flavored crackers to accommodate numerous taste buds.

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

Potato and Apple Bake

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Bring the best roasted potatoes with the help of Kristin from Live Simply. Boil your potatoes and apples together, add your seasoning and bake for delicious spuds.

Photo: Live Simply

Caramelized Banana Bread

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When everyone else brings rolls, complement them with a sweeter option. This banana bread recipe from May Squared provides the perfect balance. Plus, it's super simple to bake.

Photo: May Squared

Mashed Potato Casserole

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Don't let guests eat standard mashed potatoes. Instead, cook up this casserole from The Girl Who Ate Everything, which uses cheddar and cream cheeses along with sour cream and a few herbs, to bring you a hearty dish worthy of admiration.

Photo: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Serve up this tasty butternut squash recipe from Tasty Ever After. After all, what's a feast without that first course of soup?

Photo: Tasty Ever After

Turkey Cupcakes

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It doesn't get much cuter than these turkey cupcakes from Bitz and Giggles. Made up of all things good—Oreos, M&Ms, and chocolate—they will have everyone chowing down after (and before) the big meal.

Photo: Bitz and Giggles

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