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

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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

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In her recipe for perfect roasted turkey, Martha roasts a 20-pound turkey stuffed with her Classic Stuffing. Before it goes into the oven, she covers the turkey with four layers of cheesecloth soaked in her butter and white wine basting mixture. The cheesecloth will keep the bird moist and prevent it from getting too dark too quickly. It's removed about an hour before the end of roasting to allow time for the bird to brown.
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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.
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 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 our turkey recipes.
By Kelly Vaughan

Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

A Thanksgiving-worthy soup blends tangy, sweet apples with mellow butternut squash. Meanwhile cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne add vibrant flavors.

Brown-Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie

In this classic with a twist, the complex flavors of brown butter and bourbon breathe new life into sweet and nutty pecan pie. Traditionalists and modernists alike will appreciate the enhancement of familiar flavors, especially when finished off with a dollop of whipped cream.
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Roasted Pumpkin Soup

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Instead of sugar pumpkins, you can use other winter squash in our Roasted Pumpkin Soup recipe. Kabocha, calabaza, and Hubbard are the best alternatives. Choose a squash that feels heavy for its size and is free of soft spots. The soup can be garnished with toasted pepitas or a dollop of sour cream—or both.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1388
Who says pumpkin is just for pie? Our pumpkin cheesecake recipe creates a rich and creamy dessert that's a delicious ending for any meal but is especially memorable for a holiday dinner. There's a graham cracker crumb crust under the dreamy pumpkin-cream cheese filling, and yes this recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice!

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 658
This moist and delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting is a nice alternative to pumpkin pie.

Big Martha's Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 355
This wonderfully creamy mashed potato recipe comes from Martha's mom, Mrs. Kostyra. What's her secret? It's cream cheese in mashed potatoes. A generous amount of cream cheese and butter, plus a touch of milk and cream are added to cooked potatoes before you use a mixer to whip them into fluffy clouds for what is sure to be everyone's favorite side dish. These mashed potatoes can be made up to two hours ahead—a big win when entertaining.  
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 Sweet Potato Casseroles to Add to Your Thanksgiving Menu
The holiday wouldn't be complete without this staple side dish.
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.
Apple Pie
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Baking a pie from scratch takes a little patience, but watching your friends and family enjoy the results makes it all worthwhile.