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!
Try recipes like Baked Turkey With Traditional Cornbread Dressing, Turducken, or Cajun Deep Fried Turkey.
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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.
Try recipes like Oven-Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes, Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes, Apple and Sage Stuffing, or Best Ever Green Bean Casserole.
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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.
Try recipes like Jack Daniel's Pecan Pie, Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Cake, or Sweet Potato Pie Topped with Rum Whipped Cream.
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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.
Try recipes like Easy Turkey a la King, Mom's Left-Over Mashed Potato Casserole, or Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup.
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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.
Try recipes like Pumpkin Pie Martini, Basic Giblet Gravy, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice, or Port Wine Cranberry Sauce.
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- gravy basics
Lose the lumps, brown your flour, and other handy gravy tips
- cooking the turkey
Tips for a perfectly juicy and tasty turkey every time
- buying a turkey
Determine what size turkey you need so you have enough for your guests (and some leftovers!)
- thawing the turkey
Learn how to safely thaw a frozen turkey, and tips for how to speed up the process when in a pinch.
Soaking the turkey in a brine will increase juiciness and flavor. Find out how!
- stuffing the bird
Stuffing the turkey is a matter of preference and a matter of safety.
- 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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