For many, the real star of a Thanksgiving dinner is the assemblage of side dishes, not the turkey. To help you put together a showstopping selection for your table, we've rounded up our favorites, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and much more.
Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without the customary cranberry. Add a spark to your holiday feast this year with a new recipe from our collection, which encompasses traditional and adventurous dishes.
As essential as it is to the meal, this relatively simple concoction causes untold anxiety as we fret about gravy turning out too thin, too lumpy, or simply not flavorful enough. Master your technique with these foolproof recipes, flavored with white wine, bourbon, cider, Madeira, or simply delicious pan drippings.
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.