Three Unexpected (Yet Delicious) Recipes to Serve This Thanksgiving at The Palatine

Hosting Thanksgiving at home at The Palatine this Thursday? Your guests will probably expect the classics — turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing — but that doesn't mean you can't venture outside the norm a little bit! Case in point: These tempting and unique recipes from the Food Network!

1) Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese at the Thanksgiving table? Why not?! This recipe from celebrity chef Ina Garten doesn't come out of a box, however. Made from scratch, this mac and cheese recipe combines elbow pasta with a roux made from Gruyere and extra-sharp cheddar cheese.

2) Pumpkin Soup With Chili Cran-Apple Relish
Precede your Thanksgiving dinner with bowlfuls of this seasonally inspired soup, created by Food Network chef Rachael Ray. It offers a spoonful of creamy, mild pumpkin flavor with every bite, and its golden color is offset by jewel-toned cranberry relish.

3) Southern Red Velvet Cake
Forgo the usual pumpkin and apple pies with a layer cake inspired by the culinary traditions of the American South. This cake, created by NYC baker Sara Moulton, illicits gasps from the crowd with its bright red cake sandwiched between layers of decadent cream cheese frosting.