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A Classic Thanksgiving Menu for the Traditionalist

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Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with traditions. As the times change, the way we like to eat also evolves; but around the holidays, it’s always a comforet to return to traditional favorites. If you’re in charge of cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year but don’t have mom’s exact stuffing recipe, these classic recipes will be sure to satisfy and provide the traditional fall holiday flavors you crave.

Bourbon-Brined Turkey

Bourbon-Brined Turkey
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Your turkey will be the main attraction at the dinner table with this recipe. Add extra warmth with a bourbon-infused brine. Everything in that roasting pan will get put to use when you use the drippings to make a delicious apple gravy.

For the Bourbon-Brined Turkey with Apple Bourbon Pan Gravy recipe, click here

Turkey with Cider Glaze

Turkey with Cider Glaze
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This autumnal recipe will help guide you to cook the perfect turkey with an added sweetness from the honey and cider glaze.

For the Turkey with Cider Glaze recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
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From roasting to deep-frying, there are many ways to cook a turkey. Using a slow cooker, you will be able to dine on some tasty turkey meat in just over three hours and save precious room in your oven for all the sides. This calls for white meat, but you can also use this method to cook drumsticks or thighs.

For the Slow Cooker Turkey Breast recipe, click here.

Creamy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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Mashed potatoes are as traditional as Thanksgiving side dishes can get. But don’t just settle for lumpy mashed potatoes. This recipe uses whipping cream and plenty of butter that will make sure you get the decadent, fluffy mashed potatoes you desire.

For the Creamy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.

Mashed Potatoes With Onion and Chives

Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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It’s not a traditional Thanksgiving dinner without a side of smooth, creamy mashed potatoes. This classic recipe also uses garlic cloves and fresh chives to add more flavor to your dish.

For the Creamy Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.

Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls
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Dinner rolls are a must-have on your Thanksgiving dinner table. Sure, you can just buy them pre-baked at the store, but fresh rolls are a game-changer.

For the Parker House Rolls recipe, click here.

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole
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If you’re looking to keep your Thanksgiving dinner traditional this year, then you shouldn’t forget about this easy, vintage-inspired casserole recipe. Rich and creamy, it also has an extra crunch factor from the Ritz crackers sprinkled on top.

For the Broccoli Casserole recipe, click here.

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
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This easy casserole is perfect for the holiday season. Green bean casserole is an iconic Thanksgiving side dish and comfort food that is so, so much better than just regular green beans.

For the Green Bean Casserole recipe, click here.

Herb-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Herb-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Quince
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This recipe isn’t just your everyday roasted Brussels sprouts. Enjoy hints of sweetness from cooking this veggie with apples and quince.

For the Herb-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Quince recipe, click here.

Cornbread Dressing

Cornbread Dressing
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Does your Thanksgiving table feel like it’s missing something? Try adding this traditional Southern recipe that will for sure make your guests wrap around the table three times. Yummy homemade cornbread is crumbled together with sage and poultry seasoning to give your dinner hearty flavors of fall.

For the Cornbread Dressing recipe, click here.

Sage and Sausage Stuffing

Sage and Sausage Stuffing
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In need of a tasty stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving? This option has it all, from Italian sausage to sage, dried cranberries and more. Stuff it inside your turkey or just eat it all on its own, covered in homemade gravy.

For the Sage and Sausage Stuffing recipe, click here.

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Easy Cranberry Sauce
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Don’t go to the grocery store to buy the canned cranberry sauce and claim it as “homemade.” All you need is three ingredients for this recipe: fresh or frozen cranberries, orange juice and sugar. Simple enough even for the novice cook.

For the Easy Cranberry Sauce recipe, click here.

Turkey Gravy

Turkey Gravy
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Whether you enjoy gravy over your turkey, on the side for dipping rolls or both, this gravy recipe is perfect for all purposes. Make use of your pan drippings to give your gravy tons of turkey flavor.

For the Turkey Gravy recipe, click here.

Perfect Apple Pie

Perfect Apple Pie
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The dessert table is open for different and experimental recipes, but you can keep it simple this year with a classic apple pie. Apple desserts are perfect for the fall, so there’s no question why this delectable dessert is on the menu this Thanksgiving.

For the Perfect Apple Pie recipe, click here.

Signature Pumpkin Pie

Signature Pumpkin Pie
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There are tons of pumpkin recipes that go beyond the traditional pumpkin pie, but what’s wrong with keeping it traditional? Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple and easy to make in an hour. Whether you like to carve the pumpkin yourself or just pick up a canned pumpkin from the store, this pie is an essential part of the holidays.

For the Signature Pumpkin Pie recipe, click here.

Pear, Double Cranberry and Apple Lattice Pie

Pear, Double Cranberry and Apple Lattice Pie
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This dessert recipe may seem difficult but will definitely impress your guest this holiday season. With an extra dose of fresh and dried cranberry, the fruit’s tartness is balanced with sweet pears and apples. Serve this pie with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

For the Pear, Double Cranberry and Apple Lattice Pie recipe, click here.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd's Pie

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd's Pie
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Thanksgiving dinner is absolutely delicious the night of, but leftovers the next day are even better. Take all of your leftovers and make a pie out of them. You can choose to either enjoy this meal without a crust, with stuffing as a crust or with regular pie crust.

For the Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd's Pie recipe, click here.

Leftover Mashed Potato Soup

Leftover Mashed Potato Soup
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Not all of your Thanksgiving leftovers last for a long time, so don’t let food go to waste. This soup recipe combines your leftover mashed potatoes with bacon, cheese and more to create a heavenly creamy soup. While traditional Thanksgiving meals may be what you grew up on and what you love, it’s good to branch out sometimes to explore new and modern versions of these recipes.

For the Leftover Mashed Potato Soup recipe, click here.

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