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.
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.
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.
In Season: Pomegranates begin to ripen in September and are available through January.What to Look For: Choose deeply colored purplish-red pomegranates that feel heavy for their size. Avoid any fruit that is cracked or has soft spots.How to Store: When kept in an airtight bag in the refrigerator, whole pomegranates will keep for a month or more. Pomegranate seeds should be refrigerated and used within a few days.