Thanksgiving Recipes

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.

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Turkey Brine

Rating: 3.49 stars
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Keeping your bird juicy isn't that hard—all you need is the right seasoning and a really large fridge. Brining is the first step in our roasted turkey recipe.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Canned pumpkin purée is quick and easy to use. Don't substitute fresh pumpkin purée in this pie; it will be too watery.

Perfect Roast Turkey 101

Rating: 3.69 stars
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This recipe yields a plump and regal roast turkey, with crisp, golden-brown skin and an aroma to match.

How to Spatchcock a Turkey for Thanksgiving

For juicy, evenly-cooked turkey with a crisp, golden brown skin, spatchcocking is the answer. In a little more than an hour, you can have a perfectly roasted 12-pound turkey. Here's a step-by-step guide, plus roasting tips, and advice on how to carve a spatchcocked bird. For more on this simple trick and other Thanksgiving tips, check out our latest and complete turkey guide, download here.
By Laura Rege

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Among appetizers, an array of sides, and an assortment of pies to prepare—not to mention the great big bird (find the best turkey tips via our downloadable guide) at the center of the table —creating Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming to even the most seasoned cooks. Take back time with our make-ahead recipes.
By Marie Viljoen

Upgrade Your Turkey with the Help of These Eight Easy Thanksgiving Gravy Recipes

Choose from these easy gravy recipes flavored with white wine, bourbon, mushrooms, or delicious pan drippings—all perfect complements to any of the turkey recipes from our downloaded turkey guide!
By Kelly Vaughan

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.53 stars
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Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3.11 stars
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We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Baked Brie with Pecans

Rating: 3.13 stars
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Toasted pecans and maple syrup complement the creamy Brie in this hors d'oeuvre. For the best texture, let the cheese cool before topping it with the syrup mixture.This recipe is by Everyday Food reader Kathy Quinn of Montclair, New Jersey.

Carrot Puree

All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Rating: 3.44 stars
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The words "apple pie" conjure warmth, aroma, taste, and togetherness. This apple pie recipe is filled with Granny Smith apples and is tucked into a buttery pie crust. To make this apple pie recipe even sweeter, serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.19 stars
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This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Properly Brining a Turkey

Giving your Thanksgiving bird a bath in salt water isn't complicated, but there a few things to know before you start the brining process. Here, we outline exactly how to brine a turkey for delicious results. Follow our instructions to prepare a perfectly brined turkey and download our complete turkey guide for more Thanksgiving tips.

40 Sensational Thanksgiving Pies and Tarts

At Thanksgiving time, dessert is just as important as the turkey perfectly cooked with the help of our downloadable, no-fail guide. Bake these American classics, old and new, for the holiday table.

Maple Cake

Rating: 3.35 stars
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The incomparable flavor of pure maple syrup is reason enough to make this sweet treat; that it is also quick to prepare is an added bonus. Maple syrup is marked and graded by its color, ranging from light to dark -- the darker the color, the more intense the flavor. If you can find grade B, use it here for both the batter and the icing.