Holidays & Events

Whether you are planning a meal for a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, or for an event such as anniversary or baby shower, we've got you covered! Check out our delicious main dishes, appetizers, dessert ideas, cookies, and many more recipes and menus to make your celebration perfect.

Staff Picks

Five-Spice Pumpkin Pie with Phyllo Crust

Try this deep-dish pumpkin pie when you need to please both traditional and modern palates at the Thanksgiving table. Adding Chinese five-spice powder to the filling may seem unorthodox, but two of its components (cinnamon and clove) can already be found in standard pumpkin-pie spice. The dramatic crust is delightfully easy to create—just brush butter onto sheets of store-bought phyllo and layer them at different angles in the pan. Finish with freshly whipped cream, and you'll have one mighty fine, crowd-pleasing dessert.
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Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Rating: 4 stars 396
Getting a great-tasting turkey on the Thanksgiving table is easier than you might think. Here, the bird is rubbed with a flavorful mixture of butter and fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme before going into the oven. Use the roasted vegetables and turkey neck to make Rich Gravy.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Stuffing

We like to use soft country white bread (which is sliced thicker than regular sandwich bread) in this classic stuffing/dressing because it absorbs flavors best. You can also try a fancier rustic loaf, such as pane Pugliese.

Double Crust Apple Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 88
Like a lot of filling to pastry in your apple pie? Try this fall recipe that's filled with three pounds of apples. We like to use an assortment of different varieties such as Granny Smith, Rome, Fuji, and Jonagold.

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 4 stars 284
This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Our version, which is packed with protein, is rubbed with a blend of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.

Garlic-Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes can be peeled and cut up to 2 days ahead. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container filled with water. Mashed potatoes can be made 2 hours in advance. Transfer them to a heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place over a pot of simmering water. Uncover and stir to serve.

Perfect Roast Turkey 101 (With Cheesecloth)

Rating: 3.5 stars 669
In her recipe for perfect roasted turkey, Martha roasts a 20-pound bird stuffed with her Classic Stuffing. Before it goes into the oven, she covers the turkey with four layers of cheesecloth soaked in a butter and white wine basting mixture. The cheesecloth keeps the bird moist, and prevents it from getting too dark too quickly. It's removed about an hour before the end of roasting to allow time for the turkey to brown.
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Big Martha's Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 355
This wonderfully creamy mashed potato recipe comes from Martha's mother, Mrs. Kostyra. What's her secret? She adds cream cheese to the mashed potatoes, along with a generous amount of butter, plus a touch of milk and cream. A mixer is used to whip the mixture 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.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 819
Everyone will ask for seconds of this casserole made with mashed sweet potatoes and a marshmallow topping that's a perfect combination of gooey and crunchy. With the help of a little nutmeg for flavor, this casserole is sure to be a new favorite.

Turkey Brine

Rating: 3.5 stars 918
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.

Pumpkin Pie

Want to master a classic pumpkin pie this fall? Try this recipe, which can be made with canned pumpkin purée or homemade pumpkin purée. The filling is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and enriched with eggs, brown sugar, and evaporated milk. The crust is a Martha favorite—pâte brisée is her go-to all-butter pie pastry.

Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey

Rating: 3.5 stars 631
Brined to retain moisture, then basted with butter and wine while roasting, this turkey, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, is golden and juicy. The bird is brined for 24 hours, so leave plenty of time for this recipe. If you don't brine yours, skip steps one and two.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes That Will Keep Everyone Full Until Dinner
Usher in the biggest food day of the year with one of these no-fuss recipes.
30 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Guaranteed to Please
Thanksgiving side dishes don't need to be time-consuming in order to be delicious. Streamline your Thanksgiving meal prep with these easy side dish recipes, including sautéed and roasted seasonal vegetables and favorite potato and sweet potato dishes to seamlessly complement your turkey. 
Apple Crisp
Rating: 3.5 stars 1715

One of the definitive desserts of fall, apple crisp is easy and economical. Under the simple butter-sugar-flour-and-oat topping is the apple filling scented with cinnamon. Our test kitchen says baking apples, like Rome or Cortland, are the best varieties to use for apple crisp, but Empire, Gala, or Braeburn apples are also good in this recipe. Experiment with different types of apples and see which you prefer. Let the crisp cool for a few minutes before serving with a scoop of ice cream on top.