Whether it's a historic recipe passed down through the generations, a regional specialty, a dish from your ethnic heritage, or just a hands-down favorite that you eat only on this day, every family has at least one dish that defines Thanksgiving and makes the spread unique to your clan. Check out some of our favorite out-of-the-ordinary Thanksgiving dishes.
Although it's possible to spend days, even weeks, preparing the Thanksgiving feast, it's equally possible to create a totally homemade and completely delicious Thanksgiving spread in far less time. Pick a few timesaving dishes or create a whole menu from our favorite quick Thanksgiving recipes, all of which take less than an hour to prepare.
Thanksgiving may be the day when we hew to tradition more than any other time of year, but there’s still more than one way to cook a turkey. "When you've been testing turkey recipes for 15 years, you come across some interesting techniques," says executive food director Lucinda Scala Quinn. "I am not firm about any one way of cooking a turkey. I recommend different things for different times and different cooks." Check out our collection of methods for brining, dry rubbing, basting, roasting, grilling, smoking, deep-frying, and spatchcocking and find out which method is the ideal one for you this year.
Turkey might be the traditional center of the Thanksgiving table, but there are times when an alternative main dish is desired. For a holiday meal with a twist, we offer a selection of festive main course recipes including roast beef, pork tenderloin, Cornish hens, salmon, duck, lasagna, and roast chicken.
Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures moist results. When you add aromatics to the brine, the resulting roast is also infused with a subtle character all its own. Follow our instructions to prepare a perfect brined turkey for your next feast.
Let friends and family gather around appetizers while dinner is being prepared -- and nobody will notice if the turkey's running late. Take your pick from favorites such as baked brie, cheese logs, crackers, dips, spiced nuts, and cheese straws.
Fall weather brings to mind the sharp sweetness of apples. The fruit is perfect for eating out of hand, but the cool weather calls for baked goods. Apples are wonderfully versatile, and it just wouldn't be the holiday season without an apple pie.
Thanksgiving is definitely a time to induge. That being said, eating that slice of pie is a lot more satisfying when the other dishes on your holiday table are a little more saintly. Here are our favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes that'll help you justify two helpings of dessert!