10 things New Englanders always have on their Thanksgiving table
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10 Things New Englanders Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner (and plenty of seafood)
10 things New Englanders always have on their Thanksgiving table
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New England is where the first Thanksgiving took place, so the recipes in that region are steeped in tradition. You’ll find a perfectly roasted turkey at the center of every table alongside 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, it’s not uncommon to have oysters in your stuffing and clams in your pre-dinner dip. This Thanksgiving, cook up these 10 traditional recipes for a holiday inspired by the northeastern corner of the country.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
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No New England feast is complete without shellfish. This salty and super-flavorful bacon-basted, bacon-wrapped scallop recipe is the perfect thing to get your Thanksgiving going.

Click here for the Bacon-Basted Bacon-Wrapped Scallops recipe.

Clam Dip

Clam Dip
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New England and clams go together like turkey and gravy. This delicious dip is perfect for snacking on while you watch football and wait for the turkey to come out of the oven.

For Mom’s Clam Dip recipe, click here.

Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey

Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey
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A stunning roasted turkey is a must-have at any Thanksgiving table. This recipe uses New England apples and cider for a lovely autumnal flavor.

Click here for the Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey recipe.

Hickory Bacon-Wrapped Venison Filet

Hickory Bacon-Wrapped Venison Filet
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There was more than wild turkey at the first Thanksgiving; the pilgrims and Native Americans also dined on other meats, including venison. Tap into that tradition with this elegant dish.

For the Hickory Bacon-Wrapped Venison Filet recipe, click here.

Oyster Stuffing

Oyster Stuffing
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With both fresh oysters and a touch of Asian oyster sauce, this stuffing has a rich shellfish flavor.

For the Oyster Stuffing recipe, click here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts With Prosciutto

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts With Prosciutto
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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is perhaps as classic as any holiday food can get. For Thanksgiving, put a twist on this traditional dish by roasting chestnuts with another classic: Brussels sprouts.

For the Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts With Prosciutto recipe, click here.

Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls
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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.

Click here for the Parker House Rolls recipe.

Cranberry-Pear Chutney

Cranberry-Pear Chutney
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You’ll be hard-pressed to find canned cranberry sauce at a traditional New England Thanksgiving. With some pears, raisins and dates, this fresh chutney adds the perfect splash of color to your plate.

Click here for the Ginger-Pear Cranberry Sauce recipe.

Maple Pumpkin Pie

Maple Pumpkin Pie
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Few things say New England quite like maple. Infusing your traditional pumpkin pie with this specialty is a great way to give a regional twist to a Thanksgiving staple.

Click here for the Maple Pumpkin Pie recipe.