19 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas That Go Beyond Traditional

Traditional is the typical way to go, but there are many ways to design a festive feast. Here are 19 fun takes on this year's big meal.

South of the Border Thanksgiving

Tired of your typical Thanksgiving feast? Give your meal a fresh (and spicy) twist with these irresistible spins on your favorite T-day dishes.

First Thanksgiving

There is a first time for everything and Thanksgiving is no different. Make these easy-to-pull-off recipes and watch your first turkey day unfurl without a hitch.

Cheesy Thanksgiving

Lovers of the #cheesepull, rejoice! Why? Because Thanksgiving is better with an extra pound, or four, of cheese — we promise.

Classic Thanksgiving

Master the classics with these must-have recipes for a wonderfully traditional Thanksgiving meal.

From Scratch Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about the food, so why not pull out all the stops when it comes to your meal? A little extra time and love goes a long way.

Tropical Thanksgiving

In the mood for something different this year? Start a new Thanksgiving tradition by going island-style with your holiday menu.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Turkey, schmurkey — everyone knows Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes! This menu will wow your family with its awesome veggie-packed options.

Meat Lovers' Thanksgiving

If you live for the sausage stuffing and bacon-wrapped turkey, this meat-centric menu is for you. Even the vegetable has a meaty (read: delicious) surprise.

Fancy Foodie Thanksgiving

Make this menu worthy of overhead Instagram photos, because you can (and should) serve kale salad at Thanksgiving dinner.

Traditional Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a timeless holiday, so serve a classic menu to match. Don't stray from tradition, cling to it — this menu will help you create a Thanksgiving worthy of recreating year after year.

South of the Border Thanksgiving

Tired of your typical Thanksgiving feast? Give your meal a fresh (and spicy) twist with these irresistible spins on your favorite T-day dishes.

Thanksgiving for a Crowd

This menu has everything you'll need when serving a big group, from soup to nuts — literally!

Throwback Thanksgiving

#TBT? You bet, make Thanksgiving your best Throwback Thursday yet by serving a menu that would make Granny proud. Yes, there will be Jell-O.

Small Thanksgiving

Perfect for a small crowd (or two people with big appetites!), this Thanksgiving menu features impressive recipes that are a cinch to scale down.

Canadian Thanksgiving

Pay homage to our friendly neighbor up north with this hearty and creative Thanksgiving menu.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving

With a little bit of planning and this savvy Thanksgiving menu, you'll be free to relax with friends and family on the big day.

Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

Who says turkey has to be the star attraction every Thanksgiving? This dynamite menu features a succulent ham instead.

Southern Thanksgiving

No matter where you're hosting the big gathering this year, everyone will love this Southern-inspired Thanksgiving spread.

Budget Thanksgiving

Your family — and your bank account — will be truly thankful for this splendid from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner.

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