When you think of Thanksgiving, there are sure to be some common dishes and sides that come to mind. You’ve got your turkey, most often the centerpiece of the dining table. There’s the mashed potatoes, either instant from a box or homemade. You’ve got your stuffing - also called dressing - full of flavor and catered to your preferences. Maybe green bean casserole or yams make an appearance as well. And don’t forget the cranberry sauce or gravy to go on top of all of it.
But what if you’re looking for something new to try - maybe to impress your family members or just to mix things up? It turns out that there are several innovative ways you can put a spin on your typical Thanksgiving dinner. And your favorite EVOOs and balsamic vinegars can help you get there.
Here we share some new, creative ways to amp up your typical Thanksgiving dinner spread to something new, and maybe discover a new family, “fustinify-ied” favorite.
If you’re not feeling the big roasted turkey for a main dish, there are many other main dish options you can make. For example, these Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Medallions incorporate the great fall flavor of maple and take much less time to cook than a turkey. Try out a different type of protein with this Duck recipe with a pear and cranberry salad. Incorporate some fish with this salmon recipe with a honey-truffle glaze and topped with a sweet apple jam. If you’re going for a vegetarian option, keep the fall flavors with a pasta dish like this Cranberry Walnut and Date Farro salad. Whatever your choice of protein, the opportunities to feature a festive Thanksgiving main course are endless.
If turkey is a required staple for your table, amp up the flavor in a new way with fresh and tasty flavors your family just might not expect. With the versatility of Fustini’s EVOO and balsamic, you can add new and exciting flavors to your turkey brine that will leave your guests asking how you made the turkey so moist and delicious. For example, try basting your turkey with a combination of Sage & Wild Mushroom oil and Red Apple balsamic vinegar for a savory and sweet bite of turkey.
Add some heat to the Thanksgiving plate by adding in an extra heat element in your candied yams - also called sweet potatoes. This Candied Yams recipe pairs the sweetness of brown sugar with the heat of peppers for a sweet and spicy combination.
Skip the canned cranberry sauces that are packed full of added sugar and make your own with just a few simple ingredients. This Spiced Cranberry Sauce recipe blends the flavors of several fruits into one harmonious sauce you’ll want to put on everything on your plate, or just eat with a spoon.
A sweet and decadent pie is often the go-to dessert for a Thanksgiving meal. Why not kick this common dessert up a notch with a new take on classic pie ingredients. It’s easy to take the same ingredients and fruity or sweet flavors and transform them into a whole new kind of dessert. Turn your dessert into a tart with this Caramelized Apple Tart with Maple Cinnamon Custard Sauce. Use those favorite fruits that are in prime season, like with this Citrus Poached Pears with Figs and White Wine Butter Sauce. Or, these Pecan & Cherry Sticky Buns can be a great addition to a holiday morning brunch or breakfast, or saved for dessert. Adding a new take on dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. You can just as easily add a splash of balsamic vinegar in, and a pinch of powdered sugar, in making your own whipping cream, too.
Looking for ways to try something new this Thanksgiving? With a little bit of creativity and fun, you can take those same festive flavors and transform them into something new. Impressing your friends and family with something new doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, all you need to revamp your recipes is just a splash or two of EVOO and balsamic vinegar.
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