Gravy Fondue? Three Thanksgiving Recipes for the Rule-Breaker in You

Traditions can be nice, but you know what else is? Breaking the rules! Who says Thanksgiving has to include hours of prepping the same ol’ bird and fixings? If you’re looking for a low-key holiday with just-as-tasty noms, here are a few delicious and very sharable suggestions for you! These recipes are perfect for those of you who aren’t crazy about cooking, but they are still certain to impress.

What’s on the menu in this post? A sweet and scrumptious Pumpkin Fluff Dip, a refreshing Mulled Cranberry Cocktail, and Sweet Potato Tots with Meatless Meatballs dipped in Gravy Fondue! Sound good? Let’s get cookin’!

Pumpkin Fluff Dip
From All Recipes.  Serves the whole shebang, about 4 cups of dip.

1 (16-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (15-ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1. In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
2. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping.
3. Refrigerate until served!
4. Accept many compliments.

Sweet Potato Tots and Veggie Meatballs

Sweet Potato Tots & Meatless Meatballs
Tots recipe from Cook With Tom. Meatless Meatballs from Trader Joe’s.

3-4 medium-sized yams
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
Oil for frying

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the yams with their peels still on and boil for about 10-15 minutes. If you boil them for too long, they will become too soft to grate! When ready, transfer out of the water and cool before grating.
2. Peel potatoes.
3. Using either a hand grater or the shredding attachment on a food processor (recommended!) shred enough sweet potatoes to make about three cups.
4.  If your grated yam seems to be very moist, press them in between paper towels to absorb moisture. This will help them stick together.
5. Combine shreds with flour, cheese, and salt. Mix well to combine.
6. Measuring about 1 tablespoon at a time, portion out your tots, and form into tater logs.
7. Fry on the stove top until golden brown, or on an oiled pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 350°F.

Gravy Fondue

No recipe here, we just recommend serving your gravy in a fondue pot! Not only will this keep the gravy warm for as long as your get-together lasts, it looks way cool. It also makes for easy dipping of your sweet potato tater tots, and meatless meatballs!

Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
From Martha Stewart. Serves a small soiree, about 4 people.

1 quart cranberry juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the juice, cinnamon stick, and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, ground cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of water and heat over medium-low heat. Gently stir until the cranberries pop and are well coated with the mixture. Set aside.
3. When cool enough to handle, thread 3-4 berries on decorative toothpicks or skewers. Pour the mulled cranberry juice among the mugs and garnish with a cranberry swizzle.

All of these recipes can be easily altered to fit your preferences. If you want some meat in your meatless meatballs, use turkey meatballs. If you are vegan, you can substitute silky tofu for the whipped topping in the pumpkin fruit dip.

Do you have an unconventional Thanksgiving recipe you love?


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    agnesdeer 11/14/2011 at 10:43 am #

    OMG! Those recipes are so yummy… 🙂 Can’t wait for Thanksgiving to try some of them!

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    Kati 11/14/2011 at 11:23 am #

    I love this, it is a very clever twist on classic thanksgiving flavors

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    emily (@emilyooo) 11/14/2011 at 12:24 pm #

    The pumpkin hummus y’all posted last year is a hit every time I make it. 🙂

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      Sophia 11/14/2011 at 3:26 pm #

      Do you still have the recipe that you be willing to share? Pumpkin hummus sounds delicious!

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    Tegan 11/14/2011 at 3:26 pm #

    This looks crazy good. I was just going top bring Jello Shots to a Thanksgiving potluck but I guess I could go a little classier 😉

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    Alexis 11/14/2011 at 4:06 pm #

    This is great! I’m hosting a “family” Thanksgiving this Thursday so we can celebrate with our extended family of friends and these are definitely some great ideas. That pumpkin dip looks awesome!

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    Angela (ModCloth) 11/14/2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Sophia, here is a link that has the pumpkin hummus from last year.

    Emily, I’m so glad it’s a hit for you!

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    Roxanne the Dainty Librarian 11/14/2011 at 8:11 pm #

    I’m so down with breaking tradition! Last year I did rotisserie chicken, sweet potato fries, stuffing (from a box) and turkey cookies! The food was fantastic but I think our homemade hats (especially my feather headdress) were the best part! Don’t be afraid to make it your own!

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    cat 11/14/2011 at 10:27 pm #

    I’m doing a pumpkin cake with caramel glaze instead of a pie and gnocchi mac n’ cheese instead of the stuff from the box. Hope my family doesn’t resist change!

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