November 20, 2014 09:00 AM

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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

The holidays are upon us which means being surrounded by family in the spirit of love and generosity and…oh lets face it, FOOD! And while we love tradition and those comfort dishes we’ve been enjoying since childhood, there’s always room for a little growth.

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So let your Aunt Bessie bring her tried and true sweet potato casserole this year, the one with the gooey almost-melted marshmallows and baby-food-esq pureed sweet potatoes, while you try something new and exotic. Okay, not too exotic. You know how scared of change Grandma Stella is.

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We’ve scoured the Internet to find some new and exciting, off-the-beaten patch (get it?!) sweet potato recipes. They’re sure to be your family’s new favorite tradition. Or at least get a “well, she tried” from the fam.

Daigaku Imo from Tokyo Terrace: Give your Thanksgiving table a little international flair with these honey and soy glazed sweet potatoes.

Swiss Chard & Sweet Potato Gratin from Smitten Kitchen: We like this healthy gratin even better because you can make it ahead of time, and just warm it up before you’re ready to eat.

Sweet Potato Skins with Kale from Holy Cow Vegan: Don’t mistake these skins for game day food! They are much classier than that.

Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Horseradish Sauce from Pop Sugar: No we won’t be having Thanksgivukkah again this year, but that doesn’t mean that these sweet potato latkes shouldn’t be on your table.

Crispy Brown Butter Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Caramelized Mushrooms & Goat Cheese from Half-Baked Harvest: Yes, this works just as well as a side dish as a main. Too bad there won’t be any leftovers!

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from A Girl Worth Saving:  Think sweet potatoes and cheese isn’t a brilliant combination? Think again! The combo of sweet and savory is perfect.

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