Diner-style Thanksgiving recipes

Tired of the same old holiday thing? Shake off tradition with this fun, casual menu for eight

Thanksgiving turkey sliders

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Thanksgiving turkey sliders

To keep these hot, set out the buns assembly line-style and have a friend add the toppings after you place the patties.

Recipe: Thanksgiving turkey sliders

Cranberry mustard
Makes 1 cup
Heat 8oz. (2 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries with ¼ cup honey and ¼ cup water over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until berries start to burst and sauce reduces slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool. Stir in 2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard.

Fried green beans and shallot rings

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Fried green beans and shallot rings

The beans will cook tender-crisp in the same time it takes to brown the coating.

Recipe: Fried green beans and shallot rings

Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes

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Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes

If you prefer your shakes thicker, just follow the make-ahead directions.

Recipe: Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes

Pecan date mini pies

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Pecan date mini pies

How do you go one better on a classic? Add honey and dates to the filling, make a press-in cream cheese crust, and miniaturize.

Recipe: Pecan date mini pies

Diner details

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Diner details

  • For drinks, go with bottled Coke and an array of autumn beers
  • Serve your "fries" diner-style in stoneware baskets (anthropologie.com, $28)
  • Make invites or placecards out of guest checks (find pads at a restaurant supply store or online)

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