In less than 30 minutes, you'll see how to make eight essential Thanksgiving recipes for the biggest feast of the year.

By Allrecipes Editors
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The ultimate Thanksgiving crash course

These videos show you how to make the eight essential dishes of any Thanksgiving dinner menu, including secret ingredients and cooking tips you can't find anywhere else. Watch 'em all in less than 30 minutes, from roast turkey and stuffing to green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

"The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve," says Chef John. "One of the secrets to a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey is spreading butter under the skin. You can season the butter any way you want; the possibilities are endless."

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2. How to Make Turkey Gravy

As part two of Chef's John feature on roasting turkey, he shares his tips for making the best roast turkey gravy ever. You'll see how to create a roux. Chef John also shares a secret ingredient that balances out flavors in the gravy.

How about making your gravy in advance? "This make-ahead turkey gravy frees up valuable kitchen time for Thanksgiving," says Chef John. "Plus it will look and taste even better than those frantic, last-minute versions." Check out Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy.

A perfect counterpart to rich, savory turkey and gravy, this sweet stuffing stars raisin bread and cranberries. "This is a great stuffing that has just enough sweet and the right touch of sour," says Ibby. "Guaranteed to be a favorite at your next holiday get together."

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This sweet potato casserole goes strong on savory. Instead of brown sugar, maple syrup does the sweetening here. And the topping stars pistachios instead of mini-marshmallows, keeping things nice and savory. This classic casserole comes out of the oven beautiful and delicious, an amazing combination of tastes and textures.

"No cans here! Fresh mushrooms, onion, and herbs with frozen green beans, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese make this a delightfully tasty twist on the traditional casserole," says Auriel.

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This quick-and-easy cranberry sauce is sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with freshly grated ginger, a splash of sweet port, a cinnamon stick. Toasted chopped walnuts finish things off. "The maple syrup sweetens it perfectly and the walnuts make the texture so much more interesting," says Chef John.

Simple and delicious. "If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes, this is the perfect recipe," says Esmee Williams.

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"This is a wonderful light whipped pumpkin pie," says luvtobake. "My husband doesn't like traditional pumpkin pie but loves this recipe I came up with. The cream cheese adds a wonderful flavor with a traditional pie taste but light/whipped. It is made with a homemade graham cracker crust."


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