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!

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars

These gorgeous bars are much easier to prepare than a whole cheesecake—but just as tasty. For starters, they have a speculoos cookie crust (what cookie butter is made from), which pairs deliciously with the spiced pumpkin filling. If you have gingersnaps or graham crackers laying around, feel free to sub those in instead. To make these just the right amount of sweet, we swirled in some of the tangy original cheesecake mixture, which also creates that pretty swirl on top. Bring them to a holiday potluck, or serve them at Thanksgiving for a stress-free dessert. They'll keep in the fridge overnight, so feel free to make them a day in advance.

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Easiest Dry-Brine Rub

Head to turkey nirvana with a dry brine that will deliver on crispy flavorful skin and tender meat without the mess of a liquid brine. Follow this formula for epic results. For every 5 pounds of turkey, follow the below recipe.

Pear and Rosemary Sangria

Forget the glass of wine this year. Pair your Thanksgiving feast with this refreshing, fall-inspired sangria. This unexpected libation is light and flora (thanks to the addition of St. Germain)l, yet embraces in-season fall produce with slices of pear and a woodsy herb—we prefer rosemary. If you have one, serve the cocktail in a clear pitcher to show off the gorgeous pear and orange slices. Then, garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary or thyme (you can use either) for a festive, upscale touch that looks like it's straight out of a cocktail bar.

Spaghetti Squash Parmesan

Spaghetti squash is a pretty incredible veggie: when roasted, it turns into pasta-like strands (the perfect vessel for cheese and sauce). When halved and hollowed out, the squash becomes its own bowl, which you can pile the cheesy squash mixture back into. Store-bought marinara sauce means minimal hands-on time, and the crispy breadcrumbs add some delicious crunch on top. Basically, we’ve created a vegetarian-friendly neighborhood Italian favorite: and we cannot stop raving about it. Make it on a weeknight for the family (they’ll start requesting it often), on Saturday night for guests, or as a festive vegetarian holiday main. If your market only has small squashes, don’t fret! Buy two and follow the recipe as written, dividing the mixture between four halves, instead of two.

Squash and Caramelized Onion Whole-Wheat Twist 

A festive vegetarian dish that also doubles as a centerpiece? Sold! This striking seeded twist is easy to make thanks to store-bought pizza dough. The caramelized onions are rich and buttery, and the hint of sage makes this perfectly in-season. Take your pick between popular butternut squash for color (shown here), or knobby, oddly-shaped celery root (aka celeriac) that tastes like parsley and celery had a baby. If you’re going the celeriac route, here’s a trick on how to peel it. Trim the top and bottom, and cut vertically down the sides of the vegetable, slicing all the way around to reveal its pale interior.

Parker House Rolls

These soft, buttery rolls are our take on Sister Schubert rolls, a Thanksgiving dinner favorite in the South. We tasted the two side-by-side, and we can say with confidence that ours are irresistible, too—so it's worth going the homemade route this year. Allowing the rolls to rise twice ensure that they are delightfully light and airy, and as they continue to grow in the oven, they'll bake into one another, creating a pan of pull-apart perfection. Don't skip the extra melted butter and flaky salt—that's what will ensure your dinner guests talk about these for years to come. 

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