Thanksgiving Menus from Traditional to New Classics and Beyond
Choose your adventure — from traditional to inventive to downright different.
We'll help you find the right recipes to create the perfect Thanksgiving menu for you, whether you want to stick to the tried-and-true or explore new ways to remake old favorites. Or maybe you'll want to mix it up. Read on to see the main building blocks of a Thanksgiving menu, each with three different suggestions: Traditional, New Classic, and Next Level.
It's the centerpiece of the holiday feast. Go traditional or spread your wings and try something new with these top-rated recipes.
Traditional: Perfect Turkey. A whole turkey is soaked in a brine to ensure flavorful, juicy meat, stuffed with aromatics, and roasted.
New Classic: Roast Spatchcock Turkey. Spatchcocked (also called "butterflied") turkey is prepared by removing the backbone, opening it up like a book, and roasting it flat. The result is a turkey that cooks more quickly than a traditionally roasted turkey.
Next Level: Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breast. A great option if you're cooking for two or a few instead of taking on a whole turkey. Bonus: The stuffing is rolled up with the breast and makes a beautiful presentation.
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In some families, stuffing is practically a religion! Put your stamp on the classic with new takes on the traditional.
Traditional: Bread and Celery Stuffing. Stuffing like grandma used to make, if your grandma made hers with bread, onion, and celery. A simple dish, uncomplicated dish beloved for generations.
New Classic: Wild Mushroom Stuffing. Three kinds of wild mushrooms are tossed together with fresh herbs, celery, hazelnuts, and a rich egg bread.
Next Level: Quinoa Stuffing. Quinoa replaces the bread in this gluten-free dressing made with squash and dried fruits.
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Everyone's favorite comfort food is open to all kinds of options.
Traditional: Perfect Mashed Potatoes. Creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes, just the way you like them.
New Classic: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are roasted, scooped out, mixed with bacon, green onions, creme fraiche, cheese, and pepper, then rebaked in the sweet potato skins.
Next Level: Fancy Crusted Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes. Ultra-thin slices of potatoes are layered and baked with milk, cheese, butter, and fresh herbs.
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Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Turkey may get the spotlight, but it's the sides that make the meal. The more the merrier.
Traditional: Grandma's Green Bean Casserole. Green beans baked in a creamy white sauce with a cheesy, crispy topping.
New Classic: Smoky Poblano Corn Pudding. This corn pudding casserole is made with poblano chilis for a bit of a kick.
Next Level: Sriracha Honey Brussels Sprouts. A a sweet/hot take on your same old Brussels sprouts.
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Plan to double these recipes. You'll want plenty on hand to eat all Thanksgiving weekend.
Traditional: Sweet Dinner Rolls. Classic lightly sweetened yeast dough rolled up into crescents.
New Classic: Winter Squash Rolls. Yeasted rolls made golden and fragrant with winter squash in the mix.
Next Level: Hot Onion Pinwheels. A savory take on dinner rolls, with caramelized onions baked right in.
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The extras that define Thanksgiving as we know it: gravy and cranberries.
Traditional: Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Straight ahead turkey gravy, but made ahead of time to save you time and effort on Thanksgiving.
New classic: Tangerine Cherry Cranberry Sauce. Citrus, dried cherries, and star anise join the cast of cranberry regulars to create a sauce that's just a bit more exotic.
From a traditional pumpkin pie to a show-stopping pear tart, we've got your sweet spot covered.
Classic: Pumpkin Pie. Creamy, rich, pumpkin-y pumpkin pie.
New Tradition: Mini Apple Pies. Bite-size desserts are a smart way to let everyone try a little taste of lots of different Thanksgiving desserts.
Next Level: Hasselback Pear Tart. Pear halves are thinly sliced almost all the way through, nestled in sweetened cream cheese, and baked in a puff pastry tart shell.
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There's more to a perfect feast than the food! Here are wine pairing suggestions and other drink ideas for toasting the feast in style.
Pictured: Spiked Caramel Apple Cider
Traditional: The Right Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner
New Classic: Cider Recipes
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