101 best Thanksgiving recipes
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101 Best Thanksgiving Dish Ideas

Make this Thanksgiving the tastiest one yet
101 best Thanksgiving recipes
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Thanksgiving is a holiday that's all about classic dishes: turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole; even such strange foods as Jell-O “salad” — however objectively absurd they may seem — have a place on some tables. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. Here are 101 dish ideas for your table.

Appetizers

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When your guests begin to arrive, it’s important to have something tasty to start soaking up the holiday cocktails

Appetizer Cheese Ball

Appetizer Cheese Ball
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Who doesn’t love a festive cheese ball? Serve it with crackers, pits bread, even apples and pears- a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving dinner.

Bacon Jalapeño Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon Jalapeño Stuffed Mushrooms
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Give your stuffed mushroom appetizer a makeover with a little kick and a dab of tart-sweet cherry to contrast with the salty bacon.

Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish

Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish
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This warm and decadent appetizer is not difficult to prepare. Simply mix diced apples with dried cranberries, chopped pecans and maple syrup to make the relish, then spoon it over the warm cheese wheel. Serve with slices of toasted baguette.

Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter

This vegetable platter is fun for the whole family and makes a perfect appetizer for guests to snack on before the big meal.

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

For a slightly different version of shrimp cocktail to serve guests, try grilling the shrimp. You can enjoy these hot or cold, so feel free to make these ahead of time.

Jalapeño Poppers in a Blanket

Forget pigs in a blanket and make zingy, creamy, puff pastry-coated jalapeño poppers instead.

Maple Bacon Dates

Maple Bacon Dates
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Take a classic dish — devils on horseback — to a whole new level.

Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts

Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts
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If there’s any occasion to go light on the appetizers, it’s Thanksgiving. These sweet and salty nuts are the perfect welcoming snack to go with cocktails while the turkey finishes up in the oven. 

Perfect Pigs in a Blanket

Perfect Pigs in a Blanket
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Ok, so don’t actually forget about pigs in a blanket. They are a perennial favorite, after all — and so easy to make.

Pink Deviled Eggs

Soaking hard-boiled eggs in beet brine transforms them into a stunning, festive color.

Prosciutto Antipasto on Crispbread

Crispbreads are a pantry item that can easily be transformed into a pre-dinner nibble with just a few ingredients. Top them with your favorite cheese, pate, or lightly dressed vegetables.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Flatbread

A package of store-bought puff pastry, a few tomatoes and some aromatic garlic and herbs will result in an effortless nibble that looks elegant and delicious.

Salty Parmesan Shortbread

Salty Parmesan Shortbread
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Try these savory, cheesy shortbread cookies for the perfect accompaniment to a pre-dinner drink.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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Everyone loves a dip, right? 

Sweet and Salty Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Sweet and Salty Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
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The asparagus adds a lovely crunch and the delicate, salty flavor of the prosciutto pairs with it nicely.

Breads

Breads
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People stop counting carbs for the holidays, right? 

Bacon Breadsticks

Bacon Breadsticks
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While you’re preparing the bread for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, twist a few slices of bacon in it.

Challah Rolls

Make individual challah rolls this year for a wonderful breadbasket full of soft rolls that everyone will adore.

Cheddar-Scallion-Bacon Cornbread

Cheddar-Scallion-Bacon Cornbread
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Adding bacon and Cheddar to your cornbread mix gives something extra special to an American staple.

Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls
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As far as tradition goes, Parker House rolls are a famous Thanksgiving side. They are buttery and crispy on the outside but light and fluffy in the middle.

Pretzel Crescent Rolls

Pretzel rolls are salty and a little sweet and a perfect treat to make for Thanksgiving.

Rolled Sausage Bread With Rosemary

Sausage and rosemary, rolled into bread? Sounds divine.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread
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This sweet loaf will fill your home with all of the aromas of autumn and be warm and ready by the time the main course is over.

Sourdough Sharing Bread

Sourdough Sharing Bread
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What better way to give thanks and enjoy the holidays than with a sharing loaf.

Sweet Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Rolls
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Fluffy and served hot from the oven, these roll are sure to disappear quickly.

Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls With Wheat Germ

Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls With Wheat Germ
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Not only are these delicious to eat, they’re also made with whole wheat flour and wheat germ so they’re actually healthier than the regular, white, dinner rolls.

Potatoes

Potatoes
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Every Thanksgiving table must have some spuds upon it, whether you like them sweet or savory, mashed or not.

Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes

Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes
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Baked sweet potatoes have the familiar sweet and crunchy flavor of a traditional sweet potato casserole with a few twists here and there like coconut milk, lime juice, and blueberries.

Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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Use a dash of truffle oil in your mashed potatoes to transform them into a dish of pure decadence.

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes With Butternut Squash

This dish combines nutty brown butter with butternut squash and mashed potato, making a tasty side dish that will brighten up the Thanksgiving table with its colorful appearance.

Candied Yams

Candied Yams
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Candied yams go perfectly with turkey — their sweetness is simply irresistible and punctuates the turkey’s savory meatiness.

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
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You can lighten your basic mashed potatoes by adding softly caramelized onions and plenty of fruity olive oil.

Crunchy Layered Potato Casserole

This casserole has a delectable, crunchy breadcrumb topping and transforms dull mashed potatoes into something fabulous.

Maple Syrup Sweet Potato Purée

Maple Syrup Sweet Potato Purée
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If you’re struggling to find room on the table, combine two favorites into one with mashed sweet potato purée.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Give your mashed potatoes an extra punch of flavor with roasted garlic.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon

Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon
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Add a touch of warmth and spice to your roasted sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes roast beautifully on a low and slow heat that breaks down the starch, turning it into sugars for an extra-delicious sweet potato.

Salt-Roasted Potatoes

Salt-Roasted Potatoes
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Roast small potatoes like fingerlings on a bed of salt for perfectly cooked spuds that are crispy on the outside and wonderfully tender on the inside.

Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
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Warm, cheesy and perfectly seasoned, this dish will be the talk of your table. Cooked over low, gentle heat for three hours, these potatoes emerge soft and delicious.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
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Sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows has been a favorite Thanksgiving side dish since the early 1900s. Instead of marshmallows, try brown sugar pecan streusel.

Sides

Sides
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Sure, the turkey is the main even, but the sides are where the fun happens. Pile your plate high with macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Crumbled Bacon

Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Crumbled Bacon
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Just when you thought mac and cheese was perfect… along comes salty smoked bacon to raise the bar.

Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese
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This dish works best with thicker, sturdier pasta shapes that will hold up to the prolonged heat and moisture. The result will be an incredibly tender and cheesy mac and cheese that you can set proudly on your table this year.

Slow ‘N’ Crispy Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Slow ‘N’ Crispy Mac ‘N’ Cheese
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Mac and cheese is a surprisingly common Thanksgiving side. Try it with colby and Cheddar cheeses, and a crisp, crunchy topping made with breadcrumbs and pine nuts.

Asparagus Bundles With Bacon

Asparagus Bundles With Bacon
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Bundle asparagus in thick slices of bacon to bulk up your vegetable side dish. Roast until delicious.

Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans
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This year, take a break from the gloopy green bean casserole and instead go with these bacony green bean bundles individually sized to make each guest feel special — not to mention, they’re wrapped with a beautiful bacon bow.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Dates and Kumquats Recipe

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Dates and Kumquats Recipe
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Caramelized sprouts, sweet dates and bitter-sour kumquats up the ante when it comes to the infamous Brussels sprout, transforming the most misunderstood holiday vegetable and making it undeniably delicious.

Caramelized Butternut Squash

For a slight variation on candied yams, try caramelized butternut squash, instead.

Citrus and Honey Glazed Carrots

Citrus and Honey Glazed Carrots
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This dish uses honey, butter and an orange peel to infuse tender carrots with a bright and rich flavor. These delicious carrots are a great way to up the vegetable count at your table, too.

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding
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A simple corn pudding is made with corn, lime juice, butter and paprika. The citrus and spice will enliven the otherwise overly rich meal.

Creamed Spinach With Nutmeg

Creamed Spinach With Nutmeg
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This popular vegetable preparation goes great with turkey, but it's also excellent with lamb or roasted chicken. You can even bake portabella mushrooms stuffed with creamed spinach for a tasty Thanksgiving appetizer.

Easy Green Bean Casserole

Some might say it’s not Thanksgiving without a green bean casserole on the table.

Green Beans With Lemon and Walnuts

Green Beans With Lemon and Walnuts
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These green beans are ready in less than 15 minutes and the additions of walnuts and lemon make this dish taste deceptively complex and fancy.

Green Onion and Bacon Creamed Corn

Green Onion and Bacon Creamed Corn
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Throw all the ingredients, bacon included, into a slow-cooker this Thanksgiving. It’s easy, plus making use of your slow-cooker allows you more time to focus on the turkey.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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These green brassicas can come alive when they are prepared the right way: with some crispy char and a drizzle of sweet maple syrup.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
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The sweet-salty-crisp combination of bacon and maple syrup will induce euphoria.

Stuffing

Stuffing
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You can’t have turkey without stuffing, right? 

Bacon and Chocolate Cornbread Stuffing

Bacon and Chocolate Cornbread Stuffing
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If you’re already adding chocolate to your stuffing, go ahead and toss some bacon in that mix for good measure.

Chestnut and Brioche Stuffing

Chestnut and Brioche Stuffing
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Use elegant shelled French chestnuts and rich brioche bread to create an indulgent, flavorful stuffing that's for more than just stuffing the bird with.

Classic Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Classic Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
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Swap cornbread for your usual loaf and see how just a small change can make all the difference. The classic stuffing flavors that everyone loves shine though with the cornbread, making it just a little different in the most delicious way.

Cornbread and Pancetta Stuffin' Muffins Recipe

Cornbread and Pancetta Stuffin' Muffins Recipe
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Give everyone their own individual stuffing muffin that will be crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, perfect for mopping up any gravy.

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing Recipe
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A little bit of hot sausage and a bit of sweet to balance out a satisfying stuffing.

Cranberry, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing

Cranberry, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing
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The fattiness of the pork in this sausage stuffing is a lovely accompaniment to the lean turkey meat. Don’t be shy about adding herbs like rosemary, sage, and parsley; the aromatic herbaceousness will round out the flavor of the rich sausage.

Double Cornbread Stuffing

This stuffing uses cornbread and corn kernels for an extra dose of that golden deliciousness that is corn.

Italian Stuffing

Italian Stuffing
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We all know Italians love their sausage stuffing, but we thought they could do it even better with the addition of ingredients like rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes.

Mushroom Stuffing With Shallots and Herbs

Mushroom Stuffing With Shallots and Herbs
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If you do want to go homemade, buy pre-cut dried bread cubes at the store and add flavor with mushrooms and shallots.

Pumpkin Cornbread

Pumpkin Cornbread
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Add pumpkin to your cornbread for a tasty, autumnal twist on a traditional fall favorite.

Rye Bread and Bacon Stuffing

Rye Bread and Bacon Stuffing
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Full of flavors from rye breadcrumbs and a plethora of herbs and spices, this stuffing also features plenty of cooked bacon, making it perfect for bacon lovers, too.

Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

Sweet onions, mushrooms, sage and cream come together to create a divine stuffing that is reminiscent of French onion soup. A perfectly decadent side dish to accompany a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

Slow-Cooker Cornbread

Slow-Cooker Cornbread
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On a day when your oven is probably jam-packed, it makes sense to turn to another handy kitchen tool to free up some precious cooking real estate. Throw your ingredients into your slow-cooker two hours before the madness begins and rest easy knowing that warm, sweet, buttery cornbread will be ready in time for dinner.

Spring Onion Bread Pudding

Spring Onion Bread Pudding
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Simple but so delicious, this bread pudding, savory and creamy, is sure to be a welcome addition to the table.

Cranberry Sauce

Even if you don’t actually like cranberry sauce, it’s got to be on the table. 

Blueberry Cranberry Sauce

Blueberry Cranberry Sauce
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If you are looking for a cranberry sauce that is a little outside the box, look no further than a recipe that combines frozen blueberries and cranberries for a sweeter sauce.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Cranberry Sauce
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With a hint of orange rind, a splash of red wine and tart fresh cranberries, fresh sauce is sure to pair well with all the other Thanksgiving fixings.

Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce

Zest up your cranberry sauce this holiday season by infusing it with ginger and onion.

Lime and Honey Cranberry Sauce

For some, a chunky cranberry relish is desirable, and for others still, a smooth citrus-studded sauce is the norm, where fresh cranberries are gently simmered with lime and honey.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce With Pinot Noir

Spiced Cranberry Sauce With Pinot Noir
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Pinot noir, Chinese five-spice powder and a hint of curry powder liven up a traditional Thanksgiving essential.

Gravy

Gravy
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Gravy and turkey go hand in hand.

Bacon Gravy

Bacon Gravy
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Mix rendered bacon fat with flour to make a roux and then add half-and-half until the mixture is creamy, smooth, and awesome.

Chardonnay Gravy Recipe

Chardonnay Gravy Recipe
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A simple and classic chardonnay gravy will go perfectly with your Thanksgiving bird.

Easy Pan Gravy

Easy Pan Gravy
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Paleo is all the rage these days, and gluten sensitivity is also on the rise. What better recipe to have up your sleeve than a gluten-free, paleo-friendly gravy recipe, so everyone can douse their plates liberally with a great tasting sauce.

Giblet Gravy

Giblet Gravy
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One of the best ways to get intensely flavorful gravy is to utilize the giblets and turkey neck that come packaged inside your store-bought turkey.

Portobello Gravy

Portobello Gravy
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Looking for vegetarian gravy for Thanksgiving? Try a rich, earthy gravy, which can be made with fresh shiitakes as well as portobellos. Leave the mushroom pieces in for a chunky-style sauce, or strain them out for a velvety consistency.

The Main Event- Turkey

The Main Event- Turkey
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You may already have a favorite turkey recipe, one that is made one day a year, no questions asked. Is it time for a change? There’s no harm in looking — maybe one of our recipes will inspire you to make the best turkey yet.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey
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Because, why would you not want to wrap your turkey in bacon? It keeps the breast from browning too quickly and adds a delicious, crisp bacon bonus to your plate.

Beer-Can Turkey

Beer-Can Turkey
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Beer-can turkey is smoky, succulent and tender.

Deep-Fried Turkey

Deep-Fried Turkey
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Deep-frying turkey may seem daunting, but the process is easy and very doable. All you need is your bird, a couple of quarts of hot sauce and a lot of oil.

Herb-Roasted Turkey

Herb-Roasted Turkey
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An herb-roasted turkey is a simple, no-fail centerpiece.

Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

 Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey
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For a turkey that has perfectly crispy skin and meat that is not dry, turn to mayonnaise.

Pan-Seared Turkey With Gremolata

Try a pan-seared turkey topped with a gremolata made with parsley, sage, garlic, lemon and crushed red pepper flakes.

Roast Turkey With Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe

Roast Turkey With Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe
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A turkey can also be glazed with a sweet syrup made from tangerine juice, ginger and sage.

Roasted Turkey Tenderloins

Roasted Turkey Tenderloins
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Roasted turkey tenderloins cook in a third of the time of a big Thanksgiving turkey but still have all those comforting turkey flavors.

Smoked Turkey

Smoked Turkey
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.To smoke a turkey, put the bird on a rack in a large, deep aluminum pan, and place the pan in the smoker. Smoke it for five hours

Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Breast

Spinach, feta, ricotta, scallions, parsley and dill are mixed together then stuffed inside turkey breasts in this delicious dish.

Stuffing-Filled Turkey Breast

Stuffing-Filled Turkey Breast
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If you don’t want to cook a whole turkey, a stuffing-filled turkey breast is the way to go. You get all of the great traditional taste of Thanksgiving without spending a fortune on (and devoting precious fridge space to) an enormous bird.

Thanksgiving Turkey (Deconstructed)

Did you know you could break down your turkey and cook each section in a way that ensures the best texture and flavor?

The Easiest and Fastest: Roasted Butterflied Turkey

The Easiest and Fastest: Roasted Butterflied Turkey
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Butterflying a turkey might seem like a daunting task, but it makes the whole process of cooking a perfect turkey almost fool-proof. Your turkey will cook faster and the end result with be juicier and crispier.

Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey

Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey
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A yogurt-based turkey glaze makes a luxuriously thick basting liquid and lends a sweet and tangy flavor to the skin and meat.

Dessert

Dessert
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Turkey time is great, but dessert is the most exciting time at the Thanksgiving table.

Apple Crumble With Bacon Salted Carmel

Apple Crumble With Bacon Salted Carmel
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Classic apple crumble is updated with bacon salted caramel.

Bacon Weave Apple Pie

This twist on the American classic adds bacon to the filling and crust, and then makes a beautiful bacon-weaved topper to complete the bacon trifecta.

Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates

Toasty brown butter and dates can be cooked in espresso to cut the sweetness of a traditional pecan pie.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving favorite, but it can be rather heavy after a big Thanksgiving meal. Try omitting the crust and using low-fat milk and sweeteners.

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Easy Pumpkin Pie
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Consider baking your pie before the other dishes so it has time to set throughout the day.

Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie
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Bacon goes perfectly with a maple bourbon pecan pie.

Pumpkin Maple Bacon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Maple Bacon Cheesecake
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You don’t have to choose between pumpkin pie and cheesecake anymore.

Red Wine Poached Pear and Cranberry Tart

Red Wine Poached Pear and Cranberry Tart
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Ginger, bacon and an almond crust can make a red wine poached pear and cranberry tart extra delicious.

Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp

Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp
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Apples tossed with sugar and cinnamon bake down to create a delightfully sweet and thick sauce.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Making cheesecake in the slow-cooker produces wonderful, creamy results. Omit the graham cracker crust for a great gluten-free dessert option.