40 Tried and True Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving recipesIt’s time to talk turkey… and stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, Beaujolais… and oh, man—our jeans buttons are already whimpering. It’s hard to make a shopping list until you nail down the menu, so here are some of our very best, all-time Hall of Famer Thanksgiving recipes for you to ace your meal. They include heavy hitters from JOY OF COOKING and Williams-Sonoma’s THE BEST OF THANKSGIVING, two tomes you need on your side in order to deliver the most unforgettable sides.

Appetizers
The Gourmet Kitchen Recipe: Loaded Hummus
The Best Layered Dip Recipe
Chloe’s Kitchen Recipe: Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip
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The Pollan Family Table Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Paula Deen Recipe: Bubblin’ Brown Artichoke and Cream Cheese Dip
4 Ingredients Christmas Recipe: Sweet Fig and Gorgonzola Pizza

Sides
Paula Deen Recipe: Buttery Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Simple Food, Big Flavor Recipe, Chipotle-Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Bread Stuffing with Giblets
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing with Oysters
The Gourmet Kitchen Recipe: Pumpkin-Spiced Dinner Rolls
Williams-Sonoma Recipe: Port-Spiked Cranberry Sauce
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Joy of Cooking Recipe: Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Whole Cranberry Sauce with Dijon and Walnuts
Williams-Sonoma Recipe: Kale Gratin with Parmesan Bread Crumbs
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Cabbage Gratin
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Wild Rice Dressing with Leeks, Mushrooms, and Candied Pecans
Paula Deen Recipe: Southern Brown Rice with Mushrooms
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Wilted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple
Joy of Cooking caramelized Brussels sprouts recipe
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Clinton Kelly’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Rachael Ray Thanksgiving Recipe: Green Bean Casserole
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Creamed Pearl Onions
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Pureed Cauliflower with Caramelized Shallots and Fried Sage
4 Ingredients Christmas Recipe: Sweet Squash Galette

Mains
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Turned Roast Turkey with Fresh Herbs
NOTE: Before you even think about buying your bird, let alone carving it, we highly recommend you follow these essential selection and cooking tips from Joy of Cooking!
Joy of Cooking roast turkey recipe
Williams-Sonoma Recipe: Classic Turkey Gravy
Paula Deen Recipe: Baked Sugared Ham
Pat LaFrieda’s Crown Roast of Pork with Pineapple Bread Stuffing
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Pat LaFrieda’s Pork Meatballs with Toasted Pignoli and Golden Raisins

Desserts
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Applesauce Tart
The Pollan Family Table Recipe: Mack and Cam’s Mini Pecan Tarts
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Pumpkin Chess Pie
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Buckwheat Crust
Joy of Cooking Pumpkin Pie recipe
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter Recipe: Pumpkin Pie
Chloe’s Kitchen Recipe: Coconut Whipped Cream

Seasonal Cocktails
John Cusimano’s Warm Skater’s Toddy
Skinnygirl Cocktail Recipe: Pretty Pear
4 Ingredients Christmas: Christmas Candy Martini
Skinnygirl Cocktail Recipe Pretty Pear

Now that your menu is set with Thanksgiving recipes, here’s a useful timeline for what you need to do and when.

The Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma)

The Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma)

by Williams Sonoma

Thanksgiving is a cherished time to gather around the table for a feast with family and friends. The traditions surrounding this American holiday are boundless, reflecting personal style and a diverse range of dishes. But it can also be daunting, whether you prepare and host each year, or are new to the experience. With an abundant and diverse collection of over 80 recipes, The Best of Thanksgiving is the solution to creating a delicious and welcoming meal with ease.

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Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking

by Irma S. Rombauer

Canning hopefuls will find plenty of guidance in this trove of culinary wisdom including chapters on canning, salting, smoking and drying; jellies and preserves; and pickles and relishes. There are also useful tables for processing times, boiling temperatures and moderating the levels of sugar in the preserving syrup.

This classic baking book is chock full of delightful dessert recipes that are perfect for the holidays, including Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting and Chocolate Dipped Bananas.

Seventy-five years ago, a St. Louis widow named Irma Rombauer took her life savings and self-published a book called The Joy of Cooking. Her daughter Marion tested recipes and made the illustrations, and they sold their mother-daughter project from Irma’s apartment. Today, nine revisions later, the Joy of Cooking—selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century—has taught tens of millions of people to cook, helped feed and delight millions beyond that, answered countless kitchen and food questions, and averted many a cooking crisis.

JOY remains the greatest teaching cookbook ever written. Reference material gives cooks the precise information they need for success. New illustrations focus on techniques, including everything from knife skills to splitting cake layers, setting a table, and making tamales.

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