Our Best Thanksgiving Recipes
This creamy lobster bisque is the perfect starter to your coastal Thanksgiving meal. Top the soup with large lobster pieces, and garnish, if desired.
- Recipe: Lobster Bisque
It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a bright, sweet, tangy cranberry sauce. For this recipe, feel free to use frozen or fresh berries.
- Recipe: Cranberry Sauce
Whipped Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
Don’t be put off by the number of cloves—roasting garlic mellows its flavor and brings out a nutty sweetness, taking these potatoes from bland to brilliant.
Sausage-and-Smoked Mussel Stuffing
Stuffing is probably already a regular guest at your Thanksgiving meal. This year, try inviting smoked mussels, along with some zesty sausage, for a tasty change.
Sautéed Swiss Chard with Hazelnuts and Garlic
Give leafy Swiss chard a flavorful kick with fragrant hazelnuts and garlic for a delicious side dish. Add kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Instead of traditional pumpkin pie, try this rich, luscious cheesecake. The crust is made from gingersnap cookie crumbs. Yum!
- Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Give traditional oven-roasted turkey a makeover by seasoning it with a zesty rub, and then preparing it on a rotisserie grill. This method will ensure that the bird is tender and juicy on the inside with a beautifully crisp and golden skin.
Recipe: Rotisserie Turkey
Pureed Yams with Pears and Tangerine Juice
These yams get a nice twist with a tangy hint of citrus from lemon and tangerine juices and a mild fruity flavor from processed pears. Blend them until smooth and you’ll have a sweet and creamy side that can also be served as a dessert.
Treat your guests to a sophisticated holiday dessert without all the fuss. Just combine all of the ingredients, separate the mixture into individual ramekins or pots, and bake. Garnish each serving with fresh whipped cream and a light sprinkle of cinnamon for restaurant-style presentation.
Recipe: Pumpkin Custard
Brussels Sprout Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint
If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, this recipe will change your mind. Chop them and cook them down in bacon drippings, and then mix with green onions, hazelnuts, and bacon crumbles for loads of texture and flavor and a crunchy finish.
Why have a slice of pecan pie when you can have your own individual tart? A thick, gooey pecan mixture is cradled by flaky dough, and then baked to perfection. You can make these in advance and display on tiered cupcake holders or serving platters for an elegant presentation.
Recipe: Pecan Tarts
Louisiana Sweet Potato Pie
Recipe: Louisiana Sweet Potato Pie
The filling for this classic pie is rich and velvety (and received rave reviews during taste testing!). Bake the pie on the bottom rack of the oven for a crispier crust.
A generous serving of chicken broth ensures that this dressing is moist and velvety. Chopped onions, green bell peppers, and ground sausage pack in loads of flavor, while a hint of dried crushed red pepper gives this dressing a hint of heat. We recommend baking the cornbread the day before to save time.
Recipe: Cornbread Dressing
Glazed Long Island Duck
For a change from traditional turkey, try a richer bird. In this case, duck is seasoned with rosemary, garlic, and shallots, and then basted with a sweet and sticky lemon marmalade and sugar mixture. Be warned: Once you try this duck, turkey might never win a place back at the holiday table.
Recipe: Glazed Long Island Duck
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Napoleons
Light and flaky puffed pastry has autumnal flair when layered between spoonfuls of a creamy pumpkin filling. The filling calls for pumpkin butter, which can be found in the jam and preserves section of the grocery store, but you can substitute canned pumpkin filling.
Recipe: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Napoleons
Sweet Potatoes Richard
The sweet potato filling in this recipe gets great texture and crunch from raisins and pecans, but the stars of the show are the fluffy marshmallows that caramelize on the top when baking.
Recipe: Sweet Potatoes Richard
Uncle Nick’s Oyster Dressing
We love this dressing because it incorporates one of our favorite foods from the coast: oysters! When combined with diced ham, ground beef, onions, celery, and bread stuffing, this light shellfish dish makes for a hearty side.
Recipe: Uncle Nick’s Oyster Dressing
Pork butt roast is marinated in mojo—a blend of Latin flavors such as cumin, lemon juice, onion, garlic, and oregano—and then cooked at a low temperature for five hours until the meat is tender and falls off the bone. This recipe is great for the holidays because you can marinate it up to two days in advance, store it in the fridge, and then let your oven do all the work the day of the event.
Recipe: Dominican Pork
Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Casserole
We’re bringing classic sweet potatoes up a notch by adding a punch of heat from fresh jalapeños. Monterey Jack cheese is sprinkled on top to balance the heat and create a gooey, bubbly coating that adds depth to eat bite.
Recipe: Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Casserole
This chunky, citrus-flavored relish makes a nice alternative to cranberry sauce. Chopped green onions and ginger add an exotic touch.
Recipe: Apricot-Cranberry Relish
Float Away Layer Cake
This cake is light and fluffy, with tropical flair. A pineapple and mango mixture is layered between buttery yellow cake, whipped cream, and toasted coconut flakes for a beautiful and mouthwatering presentation.
Recipe: Float Away Layer Cake
Beets are a great side to any festive meal. This earthy vegetable is pickled in vinegar, sugar, and spices, and then chilled. When ready to serve, place the beets on a bed of the yogurt mixture, and garnish with fresh parsley, mint, and pomegranate seeds for a five-star presentation.
Recipe: Pickled Beets
Sweet Potato Puffs
Sweet potato casserole takes on a different form in the shape of crispy baked balls with a surprising center. Marshmallows are stuffed inside the potato mixture, and then the balls are coated in corn flakes for a crunchy contrast to a gooey center.
Recipe: Sweet Potato Puffs
Chunky potato casserole is packed with tons of zesty, Tex Mex–inspired flavors. Green onions and bell peppers provide a nice crunch, while Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses melt throughout for a creamy finish.
Recipe: Crushed Potatoes
Scallop-Wild Rice Pie in Hazelnut Crust
There’s no reason not to include seafood in your Thanksgiving feast when it tastes this good. We’ve put a spin on traditional pot pie and loaded ours with scallops and a creamy mushroom-and-rice mixture.
Carrots are baked in a thick, tangy cream sauce made from horseradish, mayonnaise, and Worcestershire sauce for a rich and decadent dish. But the kicker is the panko (Japanese breadcrumb) topping, which adds a buttery crunch.
Recipe: Zesty Carrots