Thanksgiving

For eaters of all generations, this may be the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re in hot pursuit of new Thanksgiving recipes to please every palate (yes, you can make your vegan cousin happy!) or you’re focused on decorating the table in a whole new way, we have the advice and strategies you crave. And because we all know Thanksgiving is not just about the moment of truth, but the many moments leading up to it (and how to pack away the leftovers later), we have timelines, shopping lists, organizing advice, and play-by-play plans to make sure the season is filled with lots more joy than stress. Experienced hosts can find fresh inspiration, those new to the role can get all the lessons they need—and a guest who wants to wow ’em with a stunning side dish will find a vast array of options. It’s all here, from soup to nuts. Or rather, from soup to stuffed mushrooms to mashed potatoes to green beans to turkey to cranberry sauce to apple pie. Hungry yet?

6 Hors D’oeuvres That Start With a Cracker

Look out, cheese and crackers. These recipes top you any day.

Leftover Turkey Recipes From Around the World

Go beyond the turkey sandwich with these globally-inspired dishes. 

Thanksgiving Headquarters

Thanksgiving should be all about celebrating with family and friends—and eating... and eating. But too often, the stress of getting dinner on the (beautiful) table clouds the revelry. Not to worry: Our simple, streamlined videos show you how to pull off everything from appetizers to turkey to pie.

The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes

Real Simple’s food director shares the secrets to a stand-out recipe.

How to Thicken Gravy With Cornstarch, Flour, and More

Learn how to easily thicken gravy using cornstarch or flour—plus, get bonus tips on other thickening agents you can use (including gluten-free options!).

Apple Coffee Cake Twist With Giant Crumbs

We all know the giant, buttery crumbs are the best part of any coffee cake. Naturally, we made them the star of this dessert. They sit atop an impressive crescent roll twist—much more fun (and easier) than a traditional coffee cake. For the filling, you'll want to opt for Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples, which maintain some texture when cooked and don't get mushy. It's okay if your twist doesn't look perfect (an apple piece or two may poke through the dough), because you can cover up any imperfections with your oversized crumbs.

5 Portable, Make-Ahead Holiday Desserts

Easy to make and even easier to transport, these treats are perfect for potlucks. Or, give them to guests as a memorable party favor.  

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