These days, Thanksgiving dinner is all up to me, and I’m considering doing something different this year instead of the traditional roast turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans and pumpkin pie.

I’ve been collecting alternative recipes on Pinterest for about a year now, and I’ve found quite a few unique ones that sound delicious. I hope they will give me a bit of culinary challenge, too.

Sweet potato crisps—shredded sweet potatoes formed into patties and baked—sound like a good, healthy alternative to marshmallow-topped yams. And in lieu of steamed runner beans, perhaps we’ll have a French quarter green bean casserole. I’ve never made one of those.

I’m not quite ready to replace the turkey with turkeyfish (lionfish), turkey lasagna or Asian turkey soup (I think I’d hear too many complaints), but I think in place of a whole roasted turkey, we could have two turkey breasts deep-fried in peanut oil. That would be a little different, especially if they’re served with stuffing muffins rather than a pan of stuffing.

For dessert? Mini pumpkin pies. In fact, as it’s already November, I think I’ll make a pumpkin pie today, just for practice. (;

What are you planning for your family’s Thanksgiving meal?

Public domain photo by Alcinoe via Wikimedia Commons: "Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine, USA 2008"