Here's What America Actually Cooks on Thanksgiving
At Allrecipes, we see interest in Thanksgiving ramp up in the weeks leading to the holiday. As the calendar turns to November, Green Bean Casserole comes out of its summer hibernation and shoots straight to the top, receiving millions of views. The other usual suspects join it. As for the final week before Thanksgiving? That's go time. No more comparing pecan pie recipes; you're locking down the menu. So, what does America actually cook for the holiday? Here they are, the top Thanksgiving recipes from last year.
Best Green Bean Casserole
A crunchy, cheesy variation on traditional green bean casserole, it's topped with French fried onions and Cheddar cheese. "Great recipe," raves Autumn Marie "I brought it to our Thanksgiving feast and everyone was raving how delicious it was! The Cheddar cheese really adds a nice twist. I will definitely be making this an annual dish for our Thanksgiving dinner!"
Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie
Here's a quick and easy way to make a Thanksgiving favorite that calls for just a handful of ingredients. "Absolutely delicious," says Rachel Boller. "I took the advice of other reviewers and added cinnamon along with the brown sugar and also used fresh yams. The marshmallows got nice and browned and crispy, tasting like the toasted marshmallows you get over a campfire. The combination of the marshmallows with the yams was so amazing. The whole thing just melts in your mouth!"
Chef John's Turkey
Nothing fancy here, just a solid Turkey-roasting procedure that results in a moist, tender bird with a beautiful magazine-cover look. "The biggest myth in all of American cookery is that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve," says Chef John. "Even if this is your first time, don't play scared, this will work!"
Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole
Here's a delicious mashed sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. A&R's Mommy gives it five stars and offers a tip: "I think the trick is to gradually add the sugar a bit at a time and taste-taste-taste! I'd imagine that how sweet the dish is will vary depending on how you prepare the sweet potatoes. I roasted mine and only needed half the sugar. I think if you boiled them, you might need to add more."
Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing
Sage creates a wonderful aroma and flavor in this corn bread dressing. "A super hit," raves Tartla. "It was superb! So easy and so simple to just follow this excellent recipe as written. The texture was just perfect and heavenly. Salt, pepper, and sage. Those are the only seasonings necessary. Can't rave about this enough.
Basic Mashed Potatoes
Nothing comforts like creamy mashed potatoes! These old-fashioned mashers are gently simmered so they're never gluey. "Simple and delicious," says Esmee Williams. "If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe."
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey
Baricat rated it five stars: "Spectacular celebration of the clean, tart flavor of cranberries. Making it at least 24 hours in advance gives the orange flavor proper time to mellow and meld into the cranberries. The thickness is easily tailored to your tastes. Allow it to cook three to five minutes more for a thicker preparation. We did not find it to be overly sweet. A+ for the simple preparation, and gloriously fresh, uncomplicated flavor."
Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
"A beautiful golden turkey that tastes as good as it looks," says Tammy Webb Adamo. "This is by far the best turkey I have ever had — even more moist than a fried turkey. The first time, I substituted sparkling cider for the champagne. The second time I used the champagne. It was very moist and delicious, but next time I use the cider. It added an extra layer of flavor."
Sweet Potato Pie I
Maybe you were expecting a pumpkin pie? Not so fast. With this super-easy top-rated recipe, sweet potatoes are mashed together with butter, sugar, milk, and eggs, then seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Some folks, including KKCOBB, used evaporated milk instead of regular milk. "I am a true Southerner, and this is a true Sweet Potato Pie," says KKCOBB. "YUMMY! Perfect texture. Just don't overcook it."
All you need to brine your bird is a gallon of veggie broth, some savory herbs, and a big food-safe bucket. SHERI GAILEY gives it five stars and offers this tip: "Be sure to use a bucket and not a pot or other container," she says. "The bird must be upright in order for the brine to fill up around the bird and in the cavity."
Homemade Mac and Cheese
If you're from the South, you know that Mac and Cheese is a must for Thanksgiving. "The keys to this recipe are to make the roux very slowly so that it does not get lumpy," says SunnyCook, who gives it five stars. "And don't worry about how liquid the sauce seems — it firms up nicely in the oven. This was a very easy recipe to make!"
"This was a really great pecan pie," says MidwestMom. "In fact, I no longer make any other recipe. This is a request from all who have tried it. It is not as syrupy and sweet as traditional pecan pie. I also put the pecans through the food processor, so I have them very fine. It makes a crunchy pecan top to a wonderful pie. YUM!"
Butter Flaky Pie Crust
This delicious, flaky pie crust makes a single crust pie, but can be scaled to meet any of your pie-baking needs. "WOW!" raves elaina r j. "This was great! I made an apple pie with this, and I could have just eaten the crust. It was very easy to work with. Just keep the dough cold. Easy easy easy."
"This is an awesome Cajun recipe," says Tim and Meredith. "Deep-frying makes the turkey crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside (even the white meat). It also leaves the heat outside! You can deep-fry the turkey in either peanut or vegetable oil, your choice. We use a 26-quart aluminum pot with a drain basket."
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole II
So easy. Simply mash cooked sweet potatoes and combine with brown sugar, OJ, and ground cinnamon. If you like, add some chopped pecans to the mix. Top the casserole with sweet miniature marshmallows and bake until puffed and golden brown. "This is such yummy sweet potato casserole. I doubt I'll try another recipe again," says Michigan Mommy. "If you stir in a cup of mini marshmallows before putting this in the baking dish and stir them around a little you have marshmallow surprises throughout the casserole."
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Bread and Celery Stuffing
Reviewers love how easy and adaptable this bread stuffing is. "My husband was skeptical — his mom's recipe is 'the best,' he says," reviewer Cathy Snider tells us. "But now he wants me to make this every year!"