New England is where the first Thanksgiving took place, so the recipes in that region are steeped in traditions. You’ll find a perfectly roasted turkey at the center of every table, alongside a stunning homemade cranberry sauce and a traditional pumpkin pie. But the region is not immune to having its localized specialties. Because of the East Coast’s affinity for seafood, you’ll find oceanic twists to many of the dishes. It’s not uncommon to have oysters in your stuffing and clams in your pre-dinner dip.
No New England feast is complete without shellfish. This salty and majorly flavorful bacon-basted, bacon-wrapped scallop recipe is the perfect thing to get your Thanksgiving going.
A crab salad is a classic yet elegant dish to serve your guests while the turkey is still roasting. It uses local crabs for the ultimate delicious appetizer.
New England and clams go together like turkey and gravy, so no Thanksgiving would be complete without them. This delicious dip is perfect for snacking on while you watch the big football game on TV.
You won’t find (much) canned cranberry sauce at a traditional New England Thanskgiving. With some pears and the zest of ginger, this fresh chutney is easy and healthy.
A stunning, large roasted turkey is a must-have at any Thanksgiving table, but it’s particularly important in New England. This recipe uses the region’s freshly-picked crisp apples along with cider for a lovely autumnal flavor.
There was more than wild turkey at the first Thanksgiving. The pilgrims and Native Americans also dined on other meats, including venison. Tap in to that tradition with this elegant dish.
You may be surprised to learn that pumpkin pie (and other squashes) were served at the first Thanksgiving! Sure, it may have looked quite different from this photogenic maple pumpkin pie, but the flavors of this dessert just scream New England.
Nothing is more comforting than a warm glass of spiced apple cider. This quick, easy, and seasonal recipe uses the best of New England’s plentiful cider.
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With a bit of an Asian flair and fresh oysters, this stuffing is a delicious, regional twist on a Thanksgiving staple.
One simply must have carbs at the Thanksgiving table, and these classic rolls are a staple at New England Thanksgivings and holidays around the country.