Traditional Thanksgiving Menu for the Modern-Day Host

You'll love this traditional Thanksgiving menu with a modern twist

Take your traditional Thanksgiving meal to the next level with these recipes.

Did you know that today’s traditional Thanksgiving menu doesn’t consist of anything from the original Thanksgiving meal enjoyed by early Americans? So why not say that today’s traditional Thanksgiving menu is actually a modern-day traditional Thanksgiving menu? Many of us no longer serve traditional stuffing — it’s more popular to mix it up, and the sausage and pecan stuffing recipe we’re sharing below is a perfect example. Here are a few recipes you may want to serve at Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Green Bean Casserole

This classic green bean casserole includes all the holiday favorites and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at Thanksgiving and all year-round. — Butterball

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Herb-Roasted Turkey

For the traditionalists, sometimes all you want is a simple roasted turkey. We chose Freddy Vargas', of James Beard Award-winning Scarpetta in Beverly Hills, herb-roasted turkey. He knows how to add flavor to a bird without overdoing it: with a brine of toasted spices and flavorful spice rub under the skin. — Freddy Vargas

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is simple, elegant, and made surprisingly spicy by orange zest and cinnamon.

Click here to see the Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe.

Perfectly Easy Dinner Rolls

These yeast rolls require no kneading — and when you’re hosting Thanksgiving, who has time to knead dough?

Click here for Perfectly Easy Dinner Rolls recipe.

Sausage and Pecan Stuffing

The Italians can be thanked for the sausage in stuffing, and this recipe adds extra flavor with a nutty taste from the toasted pecans.  — Anne Dolce, Special Contributor


Click here for Sausage and Pecan Stuffing recipe.