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15 Creative Thanksgiving Recipes

November 21, 2016
4 min. read

Thanksgiving is just a few days away! Hopefully you’ve done your grocery shopping by now (but if not, we won’t judge). Whether you’re planning a small get-together with friends, or a massive celebration with your extended family, we have just the recipes you need to ensure your dinner is a success. Hint: don’t forget to pick up your Martin’s Dinner Potato Rolls and Potatobred Stuffing before your guests arrive!

Scroll through our list of 15 creative thanksgiving recipes that are the perfect balance of traditional and unique: from stuffing, to dessert, to “what am I supposed to do with all these leftovers?”

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Stuffing Recipes

1.      Mrs. Martin’s Famous Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipes | Mrs. Martin’s Famous Stuffing

This classic stuffing recipe is a favorite of the Martin family! It incorporates your traditional flavors of onion, celery, sage, and thyme with Martin’s Soft Cubed Potatobred Stuffing. You can also mix it up with some of the suggested variations, by adding ingredients such as mushrooms, leeks, or chicken broth. Tip: This recipe can also be found on the back of your package of Martin’s Famous Potatobred Stuffing!

2.      Hamburger Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipes | Hamburger Stuffing

Use Schweid & Sons Butcher’s Blend Ground Beef to get that perfect burger flavor. The ground beef is cooked together with Spanish onions, beef broth, garlic, sage, and pepper for extra flavor, then mixed together with pieces of Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls to achieve the perfect stuffing consistency. Check out our step-by-step how-to guide at:

3.      Sausage Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipes | Sausage Stuffing

This yummy recipe from Philly Grub adds ground sweet Italian sausage to your typical mirepoix (onion, celery, carrots), then integrates Martin’s Potatobred Stuffing, milk, chicken broth, butter, sage, and parsley. The stuffing is then baked in a casserole dish until golden brown, with a nice crust on top.

4.      Chestnut, Cranberry, & Leek Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipes | Chestnut, Cranberry, & Leek Stuffing

Get in the holiday mood with this seasonal stuffing recipe, perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner. Nutty, sweet, savory, and comforting, this dish is sure to be a new favorite. Your whole family will be requesting seconds!

5.      Apple & Cranberry Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipes | Apple & Cranberry Stuffing

Can’t get enough of the season’s delicious fruit? Try adding sweet-and-tart flavors like apple and cranberry to your stuffing. Paired with classic stuffing herbs, sage and thyme, this pleasing aromatic recipe will fill your kitchen—and your home—this holiday season!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

6.      Thanksgiving Slider

Thanksgiving Recipes | Thanksgiving Slider

Looking for a light post-Thanksgiving snack or lunch idea? Try these mini sandwich sliders layered with turkey, stuffing, and fresh veggies, with a cranberry sauce/cream cheese spread, all on a Martin’s Dinner Potato Roll.

7.      Thanksgiving Monte Cristo

Thanksgiving Recipes | Thanksgiving Monte Cristo

Try a seasonal twist on a traditional “Monte Cristo” sandwich! This special holiday variation includes turkey, fontina cheese, baby arugula, and cranberry sauce, grilled French toast-style it in a nutmeg-infused egg mixture. This would make a great post-thanksgiving brunch.

8.      Turkey Stacker Sandwich

Thanksgiving Recipes | Turkey Stacker Sandwich

This double-decker sandwich is “stuffed” with all of the Thanksgiving essentials! This not-so-basic turkey sandwich has an added touch of sweet cranberry sauce and savory stuffing, plus an extra gravy-soaked bread slice in the middle to keep everything moist.

9.      Thanksgiving Casserole

Thanksgiving Recipes | Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

Thanksgiving Dinner: Round 2. Bake your leftovers into a delicious casserole! Combine your prepared stuffing and turkey with veggies and cranberries; coat it in a flour-milk-egg mixture and top with butter and chopped pecans before baking. Then enjoy your delicious all-in-one meal with family and friends.

10.  Turkey Open-Faced Sandwiches

Thanksgiving Recipes | Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich

Use your extra Thanksgiving turkey and gravy to make these open-faced sandwiches using Martin’s Potato Bread. Serve with leftover mashed potatoes and a side of vegetables like corn or green bean casserole.

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Dessert Recipes

11.  Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Thanksgiving Recipes | Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This sweet dish encompasses all the best holiday flavors: cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, pumpkin, and pecans! Serve it in individual portions using ramekins or in a single baking dish to share with friends. Makes the perfect holiday dessert.

12.  Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Thanksgiving Recipes | Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Ditch the pumpkin pie this year and try this instead! This baked French toast uses the same flavors and can be shared with family for either breakfast or dessert. Cooking tip: make your own “pumpkin pie spice” by mixing together cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves!

Other/Untraditional Thanksgiving Recipes

13.  Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

Thanksgiving Recipes | Thanksgiving Turkey Burger

You have to try out this amazing recipe from Joshua Bousel of Serious Eats! He describes it as “all the flavors of Thanksgiving on bun—turkey, sausage, roast veggies, herbs, sweet potato, cranberry, apple, gravy, and fried onions.” It doesn’t get much better than that!

14.  Pumpkin Soup with Potato Bread Croutons

Thanksgiving Recipes | Pumpkin Soup

If you’re looking for a unique side dish for your Thanksgiving festivities, try this delicious soup! Combine canned pumpkin (or butternut squash) with flavors like onion, carrot, bacon, nutmeg, and chicken broth, then top with potato bread croutons! For even more seasonal fun, you can also garnish with pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, or sour cream.

15.  Sweet Potato and Cheddar Bread Pudding

Thanksgiving Recipes | Sweet Potato and Cheddar Bread Pudding

This savory bread pudding combines Martin’s Potato Bread with the hearty flavors of sweet potato, cheddar cheese, and kale. It makes the perfect fall comfort meal and provides a creative alternative to the Thanksgiving “classics”!

Check out our Thanksgiving Pinterest board for more inspiration!

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