Thanksgiving Recipes

For many cooks, preparing the Thanksgiving recipes for the big dinner—whether brining the bird or filling the apple pies—is the most exciting and daunting kitchen challenge of the year. But no matter how many things are on your to-do list, our easy Thanksgiving recipes will be sure to keep you on track—and bring a satisfied smile to your guests’ faces come dinnertime. Hate the hectic last-minute rush? Get ahead of the game this year with one of our make ahead Thanksgiving desserts or Thanksgiving side dishes, like a colorful Autumn cabbage slaw, cider roasted vegetables, or gingersnap pear cheesecake. (Or get that slow cooker working!) Looking for a few new Thanksgiving recipes to spice up your usual menu? Swap out the casserole this year and try dressing your green beans with a bacon vinaigrette instead, or whip up a batch of roasted apple pie ice cream instead of fussing with a crust. It might just become a new tradition!

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Savory Beet Hamantashen

Despite what you might nosh on during Purim, Hamantaschen don't have to be filled with jam. We kept the triangular shape but swapped in a colorful tahini-beet puree, creating a savory take on the classic cookie. The best part is actually the crunchy seeds on the pastry—a blend of sesame and poppy with a little flaky sea salt mixed in, too. If you don't have a round cookie or biscuit cutter, don't fret: we've had success with mason jar lids and even the rim of a wine glass. To keep the edges from unfolding in the oven, pinch them tight and re-seal as they bake, if necessary.

Cheesy Hasselback Yams

There’s more to hasselback potatoes than just impressive-looking slices. Unlike a traditional baked potato, which is the same consistency through and through, each slice of a hasselback yam achieves crispy edges and a smooth, soft interior. Even more exciting is the way flavor seeps into the entire potato—in this case, every bite is infused with butter and fresh herbs. A generous handful of grated cheese (we like a blend of Gruyere and Parmesan) melts in between each slice, ensuring the entire yam is filled with salty, cheesy goodness. To easily slice a hasselback, set the yam between two wooden chopsticks; they will stop the knife from cutting all the way through.

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Easy Roasted Turkey

There are countless roasted turkey recipes on the web claiming to be the easiest, simplest, or tastiest method out there. More often than not, though, the techniques these time-saving recipes tout don’t pan out. In our test kitchen, we rely on this relatively easy recipe—that doesn’t require a ton of equipment or seasoning, but results in a well-cooked bird with crispy skin. (In other words, we don’t cut any corners that could negatively affect the meat.) For this turkey, cooks simply rub the body down with butter, season it with salt, and roast it atop some celery, carrots, and onions.

10 Delicious Stuffing Recipes

Some argue it’s the best part of Thanksgiving, so we’ve dressed up one simple stuffing recipe in a bounty of ways.

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