It’s the best holiday of the year if you ask me and here is a list of all my favs separated by category!
I’ve included three methods for turkey here but my fool proof method is the first recipe from Alton Brown. Crispy skin, perfectly cooked meat and in a fraction of the time!
I’ve never tried spatchcocking a turkey but it’s my favorite way to roast chicken so I wanted to include it. For the adventurous spirit the smoked turkey is absolutely delicious but note that it takes time. I didn’t have a smoker when I tried this recipe a couple years back but Russ includes directions for turning any grill into a smoker which is pretty handy.
A pretty crucial condiment at the Thanksgiving table and one that people often fret over. All three of these recipes are great. The Bon Appetit recipe doesn’t include the turkey drippings but does include a couple extra steps to boost the flavor and in my opinion totally worth it especially if you want to make this ahead instead of right before serving. Easily adapted to gluten free by swapping out all purpose flour for gluten free flour. King Arthur and Cup 4 Cup make great gluten free flour blends.
POTATOES / SWEET POTATOES/ CAULIFLOWER MASH
I know that most people are obsessed with mash potatoes and wouldn’t want to mess with them much and for that reason I love the Bon Appetit recipe which includes simmering the milk with some herbs to add a very subtle flavor to a very traditional dish. If you are looking for a less starchy option mashed cauliflower will be perfect. I’m not a huge fan of marshmallow toped sweet potatoes and have opted for Jessica Murnane’s Chipotle Sweet Potato dish the past couple of years with no complaints. If gratin is more your jam then I’ve included a couple of those as well!
Again, if tradition is your thing you might be appalled by my many choices outside of a casserole or if you are looking to make a healthier version then Pamela Salzman’s Green Bean Casserole is a total winner! The Dijon Maple Green Beans are a personal favorite if your curious.
Brussels Sprouts have got to be my favorite Thanksgiving side and usually the first to go at our family table. Its honestly a tie between the two Michael Symon recipes for my favorite but I had to include a couple more because Brussels!
CARROTS / PARSNIPS
Maybe the least popular but hey lets mix it up and you might be surprised at how good carrots and parsnips can be! If you love gruyere cheese as much as I do the Feasting At Home Parsnip Gratin is so so so so so good!
It is fall so squashes are a perfect addition to the feast. The Pamela Salzman Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Pistachio Relish is my go to! I’ve brought this dish to so many Friendsgivings and its always devoured.
Ok so really we are all here for the stuffing…am I right? Its comfort food to the max and is over the top amazing fried up into stuffing cakes the following day. Trust me on that. I’ve made a number of these and have enjoyed them all. The cornbread stuffing can be easily made gluten free with a good gluten free cornbread mix.
It’s not Thanksgiving for me without them. I actually grew up loving the canned version but in recent years started making it which takes very little effort and can be made a couple of days ahead. The Nom Nom Paleo Cran Cherry is super good!
Ok I know this category doesn’t always make it to the table but I really enjoy these and they can also take the place of an additional side.
Everyone has their go to favorites for Thanksgiving desserts and I’m a pie girl all day long. I personally don’t need six choices of dessert because I’d rather go back for seconds and thirds of the meal than save room for sweets but I wanted to include a good variety of healthier options.
If you ask me a huge cheese board and some wine is the best app before the meal but here are a couple more options for you since I know not everyone eats cheese like a food group.