Winston Churchill once said, “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” The art of Thanksgiving cooking is certainly no exception.

Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (often tin can shaped) and roasted turkey will make their way to most of our tables this Thanksgiving, but there are other equally delicious ways to innovate traditional dishes. Here are some ideas to shake up turkey day for your family!

1. The turkey – reinvented. There are several methods other than roasting to cook a delicious, full flavored turkey. More and more people are freeing up oven space and opting to cook their birds outside through a variety of methods. Here are a few.

Grilled Turkey: For a more casual meal, you can grill your turkey in parts on your outdoor grill. Your bird must be separated into breast halves, leg quarters and wings since they all cook for varying durations, but that saves carving time later.

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