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    Host a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving with Unique Recipes

    Sometimes change is good. The holidays are a great time to embrace traditions, but also a perfect time to try out something new. Why not try mixing things up this Thanksgiving with a few unique recipes? They may become new family favorites!

    Rethink Appetizers
    When most people think appetizers oftentimes cheese platters, veggie dips, or pigs in blankets come to mind. Shake things up with Apple Pie Salsa and Cinnamon Sugar Chips to get Thanksgiving started on a sweet note. It's a simple recipe with easy steps. The most time consuming part will be peeling and coring the apples, so we suggest using an apple peeler to make the job easier.

    Combine Sides
    If your family likes big bowls of certain sides at Thanksgiving, try combining two or three of them into an ultimate side dish. An extra perk is less dishes to wash! In this Creamy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Kale recipe you get comforting mac and cheese, the fall favorite flavor of butternut squash, and the necessary greens for the Thanksgiving feast. You can also try making an all-inclusive stuffing, like these Cornbread Stuffing Muffins with Apple and Pancetta. This recipe combines classic Thanksgiving ingredients in a surprising way as individually sized muffins.

    Introduce Unexpected Flavors
    So far the recipes we've mentioned have showcased classic Thanksgiving flavors in unique preparations. Let's shift to unique flavors in traditional preparations, like the giant side dish of beloved dressing (or stuffing if done inside the bird). If this route is for you, try Red Hot Oyster and Kimchi Dressing to really mix up your Thanksgiving table. Oysters are actually very traditional ingredients for Thanksgiving, and they very likely appeared on the menu at the first Thanksgiving, but kimchi, a popular Korean dish, is about as unique to Thanksgiving as you can get.

    If you want to showcase a new flavor, but worry about less-than-adventurous Thanksgiving guests, try Chipotle Coca-Cola Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are traditional ingredients, but this spicy, caramel-sweet flavor is a unique preparation. The cook includes five different routes to use the potatoes, like Spicy Avocado, Red Onion, and Sweet Potato Salad, and Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, Mint, and Goat Cheese to allow complete customization based on your other menu items and personal taste.

    Since you're mixing up the Thanksgiving menu, try mixing up your Thanksgiving celebration too. Come down to the Isle Casino Hotel® Waterloo to party with us on Wednesday, November 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for our Thanksgiving Eve Pool Party. Meet up with your best friends and make new friends. We'll have drink specials, appetizers, and a DJ to make sure you can show off your dance moves. There's a $10 cover charge, but admittance includes one free drink. Must be 21 years old to attend.

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