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.
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.
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!
Part of the comfort of Thanksgiving is the routine: Every year, there's turkey and all the fixings. Reliable doesn't have to mean boring -- make the best of your traditional spread. Here are the absolute best recipes for all the Thanksgiving standbys.
The flavors of the season make a refreshing splash in this festive, quick-to-mix sangria: It's infused with apples, pomegranates, and honey -- foods that happen to have special meaning for Rosh Hashanah, too.
Move over, pecan pie. We're serving something new at this year's Thanksgiving table. From marzipan pumpkins to peanut butter acorns and tiny tartlets, here are a dozen treats to give your feast a sweet ending. (Hope you saved room after all that turkey.)