Thanksgiving turkey, Thanksgiving sides, Thanksgiving appetizers, Thanksgiving desserts…we have it all! And, don't worry, we have simple and easy turkey recipes for the beginner cook, as well. We'll also guide you in how to purchase, prep, and carve your turkey.
Spiced Apple CakeThis cake also makes a lovely addition to a breakfast or brunch table. Try it with a dollop of sour cream, or as a sweet counterpoint to bacon and eggs.
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Thanksgiving Salad Recipes
Our collection of refreshing salad recipes includes choices that work as first-course appetizers or as Thanksgiving sides. In addition to lettuce-based green salads, you'll find dishes centered around green beans, wild rice, and root vegetables.
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes
With multiple appetizers, an epic array of side dishes, and an assortment of pies to prepare -- not to mention the great big bird at the center of the table -- making Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming to even the most seasoned cooks. That's why we like to make as many dishes ahead of time as we possibly can. Here are our best make-ahead recipes for appetizers, side dishes, and desserts so you can have more time to enjoy your guests on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Potluck Recipes
Look no further for great Thanksgiving potluck recipes, including casseroles, gratins, easy vegetable side dishes, and desserts. All of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time and brought to the holiday gathering. Many only require a bit of assembly or reheating in the oven, while others can be served right from the refrigerator or at room temperature.
First-Time Thanksgiving RecipesWhether your family has past you the cooking baton or you're preparing a spread for your friends, hosting your first Thanksgiving can be a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be! With a little bit of strategizing and a menu of foolproof recipes, you can pull off the big feast without a fuss. These classic yet simple staples -- and a bit of advice from our experienced food editors -- will allow you to pull off the festivities with ease (and have fun doing it!).
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Grilled Salt-and-Pepper Turkey with Giblet GravyElevate your grill game while protecting your hands and forearms with grilling gloves; we like Eko-grips, available at amazon.com.Recipe
Deep-Dish Pumpkin Icebox PieThis pie can be made up to two days ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.Recipe
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts, Pomegranate, and Cider ReductionThis dish can be served warm or at room temperature.Recipe
Cardamom-Scented Sweet Potato Rounds with CilantroThe mildly spicy, citrusy taste and floral aroma of cardamom brighten the rich flavor of the creamy sweet potatoes in this dish.Recipe
Pecan DressingThe bread cubes can be toasted up to three days ahead, then stored in an airtight container at room temperature. The dressing itself can be prepared a day ahead and stored in the baking dish, covered, in the refrigerator.Recipe
Oyster-and-Bacon DressingFreshly shucked oysters and their liquor plus a touch of smoky bacon give this traditional Thanksgiving side tons of flavor.Recipe
Buttered Green Beans with Shallots and LemonThe crunchy, downright addictive topping in this recipe adds big flavor to all manner of side dishes, including mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and dressings, or even as a garnish for turkey and gravy. The shallots can be fried five days ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.Recipe
Spiced Pear-and-Cranberry ChutneyThe chutney can be made up to three days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.Recipe
Yeasted Cornmeal RollsThese rolls are best served warm but can be made one day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.Recipe
Orange-and-Lemon Iced TeaThis tea can be made up to five days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.Recipe
Chesapeake Crab CakesThe crab cakes can be formed and chilled a day ahead, and can be fried up to an hour ahead; reheat them in a 250-degree oven on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack just until warmed through, 8 to 10 minutes.Recipe
Gluten-Free Dinner RollsPass the bread basket! Everyone will love these earthy, slightly nutty rolls whether they're gluten-averse or not. Serve with plenty of butter.Recipe
Apple Pecan PieThis mash-up recipe combines two holiday dessert favorites: apple pie and pecan pie. Delicious on its own, this pie also pairs well with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.Recipe
Brussels Sprouts with Oranges and BaconSmall thin-skinned oranges work best here. Look for organic, as you are going to want to eat the whole fruit. The combination of sweet orange, lightly smoky bacon, and caramelized brussels sprouts is absolutely addictive.Recipe
Pumpkin Crunch PieAdd a pecan crumble topping for a new twist on traditional pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Green Bean Casserole with BaconFrozen French-cut green beans can be used in place of fresh to save time. Make sure to thaw them first, drain well, and pat dry with paper towels.Recipe
Broccoli CasseroleGouda and sour cream lend richness to this comforting casserole, while umami-rich Worcestershire sauce adds depth of flavor.Recipe
Fried Brussels SproutsThe Brussels sprouts should be thoroughly dry before frying. Any water clinging to the sprouts will cause the oil to splatter. The oil takes time to come up to temperature, so get that heating on the stovetop before prepping the other ingredients.