Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Everyone knows the essential components of a great Thanksgiving dinner: an array of colorful side dishes, a moist, golden turkey filled with a fragrant savory stuffing, and a tempting spread of seasonal desserts. Indeed, there are so many great Thanksgiving dinner recipes, sometimes the hardest part is choosing which ones to cook! If it’s quick and easy nibbles you’re looking for, we can never get enough of these make-ahead appetizers, and always keep a stash of candied nuts on hand for cocktail time. When it comes to Thanksgiving side dish recipes, we like to let seasonal ingredients be the star, in dishes like brown-sugar glazed baby turnips, fennel and farro salad, and crispy accordion potatoes. (Bonus: the vegetarians at your table will also love them.) Want to shave a little time off your dinner prep this year? Try one of these slow cooker side dishes. And when you’re ready to tackle the bird, this is the only Thanksgiving turkey recipe you’ll ever need.

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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.

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