5 Ways to Spice Up Your Holiday Menu Ideas for Thanksgiving

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Holiday Menu Ideas for Thanksgiving

Let’s face it. The holidays just haven’t been the same this year, and some people may be struggling to get into the season. Thanksgiving dinner can be a drag when you use the same tired recipes for years, so we’ve put together a list of five ways to spice up your holiday menu ideas this year. Happy eating.

1. Apple Pear and Persimmon Pie

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Apple pie is one of the most popular sides in North Carolina. It’s hard to imagine anything better than a traditional apple pie, with clove and cinnamon drifting from it. Still, some of you may want to liven up this holiday staple. Try adding persimmons and pears to your pie filling this year. How, exactly? Use your favorite apple pie recipe, and then substitute equal parts apple, pear and persimmon.

Don’t have a pie recipe? Check out this favorite of ours.

2. Sweet Potato and Pecan Crumble

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Did you know that North Carolina ranks as the largest sweet potato producer in the U.S.? If you’re like me, you love sweet potato pie and look forward to it all year long. And so if you want to spice up your holiday menu ideas this year, take this traditional dish and turn it into a crumble. It’s as easy as topping your favorite sweet potato pie recipe with your favorite pecan pie filling. You can also ditch the pie crust, and bake the crumble like a casserole.

Here’s a recipe to get you started.

3. Stout Bread Pudding (with Wicked Weed Milk and Cookies Stout)

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Bread pudding is a tasty option if you don’t love pie. What better way to celebrate the holidays than using a local NC stout to spice up your pudding recipe? I recommend Wicked Weed’s Milk and Cookies Stout. Even Santa won’t be able to resist this dish.

If you’re new to bread pudding, don’t worry. Food52 has a great recipe for beginners.

4. Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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Nothing says Thanksgiving like a pumpkin pie, but what if you don’t like sweets? Heat up your holiday menu with a spicy pumpkin soup. This soup is a great appetizer or side dish, and its heat will liven up even the most traditional menu.

Don’t skip the cinnamon in this recipe, which really brings out every layer of flavor.

5. Gruyere and Granny Smith Pulled Pork Sliders

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Some families love a sandwich tray to snack from while the full dinner is being prepared. This year, bring some true North Carolina flair to your holiday menu with pulled pork sliders using Mossy’s Most Wanted sauce. For an extra special taste, use a granny smith apple slaw and add a slice of gruyere.

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