It’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.
—The Gourmet Kitchen Recipe: Loaded Hummus
—The Best Layered Dip Recipe
—Chloe’s Kitchen Recipe: Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip
—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
—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
—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 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
—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!
—Williams-Sonoma Recipe: Classic Turkey Gravy
—Paula Deen Recipe: Baked Sugared Ham
—Pat LaFrieda’s Crown Roast of Pork with Pineapple Bread Stuffing
—Pat LaFrieda’s Pork Meatballs with Toasted Pignoli and Golden Raisins
—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 Recipe: Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding
—Make the Bread, Buy the Butter Recipe: Pumpkin Pie
—Chloe’s Kitchen Recipe: Coconut Whipped Cream
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)
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.
Joy of Cooking
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.