12 unique and mouth-watering dishes to bring to the Thanksgiving table this year – Sincerely, Cat Taylor

The annual Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t just have to be turkey and mashed potatoes (although potatoes are shamelessly my comfort food).

So…have you been asked to bring a side dish to the family dinner and you don’t know what to do? Here are some fresh and new ideas, from appetizers to savory sweets.

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1. Bacon Wrapped Brussels

This recipe is super simple, uses few ingredients and is a crowd pleaser. With honey and chives, it’s both sweet and savory, and so easy to put in the oven quickly!

2. Goat Cheese, Apple & Honey Tartlets

These crispy pastries are topped with a drizzle of honey, a perfect pairing with the tangy cheese and sweet, fresh apple. These pies could definitely pass for a dessert or an appetizer, but I’m sure you’ll want to treat yourself as soon as you see them!

3. “Holiday Crack” Cheese Bacon

Coining the name “holiday crack” by Half-cooked harvest for its addictive nature, this application super easy to make is to die for. You can use store-bought fries to make the process even easier, so all you need is brown sugar, maple syrup, bacon, cheese, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Sweet, salty, cheese… the perfect snack!

4. Butternut Squash and Feta Pastries

This sweet snack makes an excellent aperitif, and will have everybody ask for the recipe! The red pepper flakes make this pie a little spicy, or leave them out for a sweeter and saltier flavor.

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5. Baked Brie with Pomegranate

Last year I was obsessed with cranberry brie croissants – for good reason. Maybe this year I’ll try a little twist on my favorite by adding pomegranate, honey, orange zest and of course serving with thin crackers. Discover the recipe here.

6. Cauliflower cheese

A traditional British recipe, this side dish is so simple and tasty. It can serve as a healthy substitute for mac and cheese, with many of the same flavors. Whether you prefer it soft or cooked to a golden crisp, this dish makes a great side dish or appetizer.

7. Cranberry Whipped Feta

This dish is the perfect combination of sweet, salty and cheese! If you like feta, you will love this recipe. You can use store-bought cranberry sauce or follow the instructions in this recipe to make your own!

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8. Mini Pumpkin Pies

Use this recipe to find inspiration for your own little bite-sized pies. Who doesn’t love pumpkin? These desserts are adorable and so much easier to serve than a huge, crumbling pie your cousin got into before the first course was even finished.

9. Rum cake

Sick of pumpkin? My mom always likes to make a homemade rum cake, and it’s a big hit. This easy recipe asks for yellow cake mix, dark rum, and vanilla among other baking ingredients.

10. Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

This combination of flavors is the perfect fall dessert! With semi-sweet chocolate, fresh pumpkin, and tangy cream cheese, this dessert is to die for — and the hardest part is waiting for the cheesecake to cool. Follow this helpful recipe for tips on how to make the best cheesecake and when it’s done.

11. Layered Brownie Trifle

This dessert Not only does it look gorgeous with its 3 layers, but it’s also perfect for anyone who loves sweetness! With brownie, mousse and whipped cream, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

12. Apple Fritter Bread

Who doesn’t love a sweet bread? To make it even easier for those who don’t like to cook from scratch, this detachable bread recipe requires only 4 ingredients. Use whatever cinnamon rolls or crescent rolls you prefer, and top with apples, sugar, and cinnamon. With a drizzle of sweet frosting on top, this dish looks amazing.

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Spice up the usual dinner party with these unique recipes to wow the family.

Tag me on Instagram @yourtrulycattaylor if you try any of the recipes above!

Yours sincerely,

taylors cat

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