Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey, Stuffing, Pumpkin Pie
Thanksgiving is celebrated the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. It's a remembrance of the first Pilgrim feast in 1621 where they gave thanks for a bountiful harvest.
Traditional Thanksgiving food (not to be confused with the food served at the original feast, only some of which is still served today) consists of a roasted turkey, gravy, stuffing (dressing), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin or pecan pie. Of course, many variations are common in different parts of the country and every family has developed their own traditions.
Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October (same as Columbus Day in the U.S.). Many of the same foods are eaten on both holidays.
Every few years a new trendy fad develops to put a new spin on the traditional fare. For example, deep frying a turkey in place of roasting has become popular over the last few years as has brining the bird before cooking it.
This is also one holiday that warrants nearly as many recipes for leftovers as it does the meal itself. In fact, many people claim that the leftovers are their favorite part of the holiday!
The centerpiece, the star of the show, the main attraction. Follow our turkey cooking tips for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner every time. We have recipes for both stuffed and unstuffed turkeys, traditional versions, and some more unusual ones as well! Maple Bacon Roast TurkeyVoted the best Thanksgiving turkey ever (by CDKitchen staff). The turkey is covered in slices of bacon and basted with maple syrup while roasting. Heavenly! get the recipe → Apple Brined And Hickory Smoked TurkeyTurkey is brined in a mixture of apple juice, brown sugar, salt, oranges, ginger, cloves, garlic, and bay leaves. To further enhance the flavor it's cooked in a smoker with hickory chips. get the recipe → Homestyle TurkeyA simple roast turkey recipe with some tips and tricks for getting super moist meat. get the recipe →
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Be sure to plan several side dishes for your Thanksgiving feast. It will help extend the turkey (or other main dish) and offers a variety of flavors and textures to complement the meal. Brown Sugar-Glazed CarrotsSimple but delicious, carrots are glazed with brown sugar, butter, and orange peel. get the recipe → Stouffer's Corn SouffleA copycat of the popular frozen corn souffle made by Stouffer's. It's made with eggs, creamed corn, sour cream, milk, and a hint of nutmeg. get the recipe → Maple Smashed Sweet Potato Bake with Spiced Pecan StreuselSweet potatoes are mashed with milk, eggs, and maple syrup and baked with a streusel topping made with butter, brown sugar, flour, pecans, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. get the recipe →
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Everyone has their favorite dessert at Thanksgiving. To change things up try serving an old favorite like pecan pie alongside something new like a pumpkin cheesecake. Impossible Pumpkin PieA crustless pumpkin pie made with pumpkin pie filling, evaporated milk, butter, eggs, sugar, Bisquick, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. get the recipe → Elvis Presley's Sweet Potato PieThis popular pie is made with a combination of sweet potatoes and russets for a lighter flavor than other pies. get the recipe → Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin CheesecakeThis dessert starts with a chocolate pecan cookie crust and then features two layers of cheesecake, one chocolate and one pumpkin. It's then covered with a semisweet chocolate ganache for a dessert that is out of this world! get the recipe →
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It's the day after Thanksgiving and you're already tired of turkey sandwiches. No problem, we've got ideas for delicious ways to use up all your leftovers - from turkey to cranberry sauce. Turkey, Wild Rice and Pumpkin SoupA perfect post-Thanksgiving recipe. Goes great alongside a turkey sandwich. The soup is made with broth, canned pumpkin, leftover cooked turkey, vegetables, wild rice, half and half and seasoned with salt and cinnamon. get the recipe → Turkey PotpieFill a purchased or homemade pie crust with leftover turkey, peas, onion, carrots, and celery. Top with a second crust for a delicious pot pie. get the recipe → Sweet Potato Buttermilk WafflesUse up leftover sweet potatoes in this delicious breakfast recipe. Mashed sweet potatoes are mixed with buttermilk, egg, pancake mix, sugar, and cinnamon and cooked in a waffle maker. get the recipe →
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This section is for the recipes that you often forget about until the last minute. Maybe you ran out of pumpkin pie spice or are making gravy from scratch for the first time. We've got you covered. We've also got some yummy Thanksgiving cocktails and appetizers listed here. Pumpkin Pie ShotPumpkin pie in a glass! Vodka is mixed with pumpkin puree, simple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and heavy cream. get the recipe → Pumpkin MartiniPumpkin puree is shaken with vodka, simple syrup, nutmeg, and vanilla for this tasty cocktail recipe. get the recipe → Stuffed Cranberry Sauce SlicesA different way to serve cranberry sauce at the holidays. Slice canned cranberry sauce into layers and sandwich together with a filling of cream cheese, mayo, and pecans. get the recipe →
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- mashing the potatoes
Learn the tricks of the trade for keeping your potatoes lump free and preventing them from turning gluey
- leftover storage
A handy guide on how long to safely store those leftovers.
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