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How to Make Mashed Potatoes

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

How to Make Gravy

Follow these easy steps from Real Simple’s food director for delicious gravy this Thanksgiving.

Hasselback Cheesy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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.

Creamy Corn Pudding

Falling somewhere between a custard and spoon bread, there’s no simpler Thanksgiving side than this corn pudding. You’ll sauté some onions, combine the remaining ingredients in a blender, puree, and bake.

Flaky, Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

There are few things better than a warm buttermilk biscuit, split in half and slathered with jam and butter. And achieving tender, flaky biscuits at home isn’t hard—it takes just 10 minutes to make the super-simple dough. 

A Classic Stuffing Recipe

Think of this stuffing as your blank canvas, the perfect understated accompaniment to your Thanksgiving meal. Onions, celery, and sage build the classic foundation while white wine adds brightness and a clean finish.

How to Roast Butternut Squash

Master this seasonal staple in just a few easy steps.

A New Take on Brussels Sprouts

Say goodbye to sad, limp greens. A quick sauté of Brussels sprouts and baby kale keeps the veggies bright and fresh, and cooking them on the stove will save you oven space on Thanksgiving Day.

How to Cook Asparagus

Once you’ve mastered this versatile veggie, you can turn any weeknight dinner into a vibrant, satisfying meal.

A (Brilliant) Thanksgiving Cocktail Idea

This fall is especially warm, right? Or are we just making excuses to drink this spiked apple cider slushie? Either way, this frozen cocktail is a seasonal stunner.


Dessert: Best for Last

Apple Pie in Apple

This adorable dessert offers all the flavors and aroma of a warm apple pie, pre-portioned into single-serve treats. Each apple is filled with homemade pie filling and topped with a swirl of pecan-oat crumble. The combination is so good it will have you licking the spoon.

No-Churn Pumpkin Ice Cream

This semifreddo-style frozen custard provides all the satisfaction of your favorite slow-churned pint without the need for a bulky ice cream machine.

Pumpkin Bread in a Pumpkin Can

Warmly spiced pumpkin bread is a fall-baking must: it’s easy to whip up, it’s crowd-pleasing, and it makes your kitchen smell incredible. This recipe uses the entire can of pumpkin, which acts as an adorable baking vessel for our pumpkin bread batter.

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

There’s never a better time to bake an apple pie than during the first cool days of fall.

How to Make Whipped Cream

Does the idea of making freshly whipped cream have you reaching for the canned variety? Nothing beats whipped cream made from scratch, and with the few easy steps in this video―and just two ingredients―you’ll never have to settle for store-bought toppings again.

How to Make Pie Crust

Don’t be intimidated: Follow these simple steps from Real Simple’s food director.

How to Peel and Core an Apple

Baking an apple pie or making applesauce? Here’s the easiest way to peel and core an apple without resorting to fancy gadgets.