Hope your family is ready to gobble-gobble, because our best Thanksgiving recipes are so easy and tasty, you won't be able to choose just one or two. From delicious turkey ideas to classic side dishes, sweet potato casseroles and so many pies, we have every recipe you need to pull off your holiday feast.
Prepare yourself: This bourbon sauce is everything.
Adapted from the book by Carrie Morey, this turkey recipe is tender and moist thanks to a sensational citrus brine.
Quick tip: Don't forget to top with fresh thyme—the herb adds an extra layer of flavor.
The centerpiece of your holiday meal, the turkey is one dish you want to get just right—and with this foolproof recipe, you can roast a beautiful, succulent turkey every time.
Try this tasty twist: If you have time, consider brining your bird overnight to ensure juicy meat infused with subtle flavor. Find recipes for three different brines.
Quick tip: For a fresh garnish that won't wilt, choose stiff, glossy leaves. Here, bay and citrus leaves pair with figs and kumquats.
This extra-delicious pumpkin dessert is also extra easy to make since it requires no baking.
Quick tip: Whip it up (literally) ahead of time and chill overnight.
Spice up our Perfect Roast Turkey with a zesty rub.
Try this tasty twist: The 2008 herbes-de-provence version shown here calls for ½ cup dried lavender; 1 tablespoon each salt, fennel seeds, and dried thyme; and 2 teaspoons white peppercorns. Just pulse in a spice grinder until the mixture is fine but not powdery. Then, at Step 2 in our turkey recipe, omit the butter. And instead of salt and pepper, work the spice rub under and over the turkey's skin.
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Thanksgiving is simply not complete without a classic homemade pecan pie. We adore this version, adapted from by Carrie Morey.
The perfect amount of warm winter spice is cooked into traditional cranberry sauce with allspice, star anise, and freshly squeezed orange juice. This sauce can be made up to three days ahead. "When we developed this recipe a decade ago," says Cheryl Slocum, Ikaroo's contributing food editor, "the goal was classic cranberry sauce with a hint of exoticism. Star anise did the trick."
For this take on Thanksgiving dressing, two types of rice are cooked in a fragrant medley of mushrooms and onions sautéed in butter, bay leaf, and fresh sage.
Matzo meal and chicken broth are added together slowly to ensure this stuffing is deliciously moist. Apples and cinnamon impart a surprising hint of sweetness. "For me, it's just not Thanksgiving without my mother's stuffing recipe, which calls for matzo meal instead of bread," says Rachel Newman, Ikaroo's editor-in-chief from 1978-1998. "It's great the first day, even better the next."
This bright salad features sweet-tart grapefruit and slightly bitter chicory for a refreshing addition to your holiday table.
Quick tip: To segment a grapefruit, first cut off the top and bottom. Slice away the peel and pith; then slice along the membranes to release the segments.
This Thanksgiving recipe is inspired by the cooking style of New York City chef . "Sautéed kale is always on my family's Thanksgiving table," he says. "It reminds me of my Italian grandfather, who served the green straight from his garden." To save time, wash, dry, and trim the kale the day before. Store in crisper. Cook only the kale and omit the onions and garlic. Finish the dish by adding a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts or sliced almonds.
Try something new with Brussels sprouts, like this salad from Marvin Woods, chef and author of . Add red onion, cilantro, peppers, avocado, and dressing to the little cabbages. "As a kid, I never cared for Brussels sprouts," says Woods. "Then I realized boiled isn't the only way to serve them. For this dish, I treat the leaves like salad greens."
Swap-in this savory-sweet side dish for green bean casserole of years past. It's sure to stand out with bold ingredients like bacon and pecans.
Try this tasty twist: Yes, you can make bacon even better! Consider candied bacon with these green beans. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and fit with a rack. Toss 4 slices bacon with 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar to coat. Cook bacon until shiny and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Let bacon cool, then chop and sprinkle on beans in Step 3 of our recipe.
A hint of spicy black pepper adds a kick to these traditional dinner rolls.
Just about everyone has a favorite sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. Ours can be made ahead and then reheated before serving.
This savory cheese grits pudding is inspired by the South.
Try this tasty twist: The only thing more delicious than a corn pudding with cheese grits? One with pimiento-cheese grits! Simply add ¼ cup red pimientos along with the Cheddar in Step 2 of our recipe.
The delicate sweetness of carrot is complimented by freshly grated nutmeg in these pillowy soufflés.
Celery root lends unique flavor and freshness to this variation on a classic potato gratin.
Quick tip: A slices potatoes uniformly and paper-thin.