A Modern Thanksgiving Menu: Bruléed Pumpkin Pie, Candied Sweet Potato Wedges, and More

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Thanksgiving can be a tumultuous time at the dinner table, because it seems well-nigh impossible to please everyone. But, hey, we can try. This modern menu should intrigue passionate foodies without alienating the staunch traditionalists. There will be mashed potatoes, but they’ll be made with browned butter and bacon. The pumpkin pie will have a bruléed top, and the sweet potato casserole will be swapped for candied wedges (never fear, melted marshmallows are still on top). Let's start with the turkey …

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
Image: Courtesy of Oh, Sweet Basil

Forgo the whole bird for an elegant Sage-Roasted Turkey Breast—perfect for a smaller gathering.

Next: A New Way to Mash Those Potatoes ==>

 Browned Butter and Bacon Mashed Potatoes
Image: Courtesy of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

There’s no way you can leave mashed potatoes off the Thanksgiving table—at least in my world. Gussy them up with Browned Butter and Bacon for an extra-decadent side dish.

Next: Brussels Sprouts The Haters Will Love ==>

Brussels Sprout Slaw
Image: Courtesy of The Galley Gourmet

Lighten up Brussels sprouts with a balsamic vinaigrette and finely grated Pecorino cheese. You might even be able to sneak this Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw past the most avowed Brussels haters.

Next: Deconstruct Those Sweet Potatoes ==>

Candied Sweet Potato Wedges
Image: Courtesy of Live Love Pasta

Sweet potato casserole gets deconstructed with these Candied Sweet Potato Wedges. Wedges are baked and then topped with brown sugar and marshmallows; just broil them for 30 seconds for a fun spin on a time-honored side dish.

Next: What Your Pumpkin Pie's Been Missing All Your Life ==>

Bruléed Pumpkin Pie
Image: Courtesy of Baking Bites

You don’t need a blowtorch to get the crackly top on this Bruléed Pumpkin Pie. Just sprinkle a classic pumpkin pie with sugar and finish it off under the broiler for a few minutes. Now that’s a surprise ending to a whimsical yet traditional meal.

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