new homes in vestavia hillsIt’s the time of the year where dark meat and light meat enthusiasts fight over their favorite part of the turkey, kids sneak extra pieces of pie, families gather to give thanks and, of course, lots of stuffing is consumed. Yes, Thanksgiving is upon us, and while many families have traditional dishes they prepare for the yearly feast, Harris Doyle wants to offer a list of some creative ideas to serve your family and friends.

1. Kale and Collards Salad: A new-age twist to a southern original, this dish will feed your need to have something healthy on your table this Thanksgiving. Be sure to dress the kale and collards in advance to tenderize the greens, add to a bowl and serve.

2. Four-Cheese Macaroni: As if one cheese isn’t enough, because of course it isn’t, how about four! Use cheddar, jack cheese, ricotta and parmesan cheeses to make this dish pop. Nothing makes a four cheese based dish more impactful and delicious than a trio of toppings—bread crumbs, bacon and pecans.

3. Cranberry Sauce: Delicious and sweet, no turkey is complete without a side of cranberry sauce. Use a simple recipe of sugar, port wine, fresh cranberries and orange liqueur. Mix it up, dress your turkey and enjoy!

4. Cornbread Dressing: Can you think of a better way to put an infused twist on a traditional stuffing? We can’t! Use cornbread crumbles instead of regular bread crumbs when making your stuffing. Make this in advance, freeze and thaw on the big day!

5. Sweet Potato Casserole: Sweet potatoes are another one of those southern staples that make for a delicious turkey day dish. Once you bake the casserole, add cornflake cereal to the pecan-brown sugar topping for an extra crunch!

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, blessings and being grateful for our lives. Enjoy your new home in Birmingham with Harris Doyle.