Yes, Thanksgiving dinner is a time to count our blessings, but everyone knows the best part about this holiday is the food. Thanksgiving memories start early -- the smell of sage alone is enough to trigger that "Thanksgiving" feeling -- so most cooks opt to weave in new dishes to supplement (not replace) favorite Thanksgiving recipes. The side dish staples -- stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie -- will always have a place at the table, but adding new sides keep the annual meal feeling fresh and modern. You'd be surprised how much difference small touches can make, whether it's a dash of cardamom in the cranberry sauce or a hint of chipotle swirled into your sweet potatoes. After all, the endless possibilities of the feast are definitely something to be thankful for. (That, and the leftover turkey, of course.)See Popular Thanksgiving Recipes
Okay, you're all set for Thanksgiving -- the Big Day is tomorrow! Turkey is in the oven. Cranberry sauce is chilling.
Having a Thanksgiving-dinner game plan makes the big day a whole lot easier and more fun for everyone. Vow to budget your time, and you'll feel better all around. Here are some suggestions for choosing a balanced menu for this year's Turkey Day and some helpful tips for managing time more wisely.
ShutterstockFor most people, buying a whole turkey happens only once, maybe twice, a year, and it can seem perplexing how to store the bird until you're ready to cook it. (If it seems big in the shopping cart, somehow it seems huge in your refrigerator!)If your turkey is frozen, plan on 2 to 4 days to defrost the bird in the refrigerator on a tray to catch any drips.
Pie should really get its own annual marketing campaign: "The Official Dessert of Thanksgiving." No one would contest it; after all, it's exceedingly rare to see a Thanksgiving table that doesn't contain at least one variety of pie. Pumpkin, apple, chocolate silk, pecan ... There's no denying that Americans are wild for our favorite flavors baked up in a buttery pastry crust.
Here's the news, some good, some bad. Good news: my husband and I are invited to our friends' house for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Bad news: we won't have any leftovers!
Our best Thanksgiving dinner ideas are gathered into a unique recipe collection perfect for any holiday menu.
McCormick has been helping home cooks make more flavorful meals for decades, and Thanksgiving is no different! This recipe collection is practically one-stop shopping for your Thanksgiving feast -- every dish you could possibly want is right here, from turkey to dessert. So don't spend another moment fretting about what to make--one look at these recipes and you'll be making your shopping list!
Get our best easy Thanksgiving leftover recipes ideas in one delicious recipe collection.
Yes, the turkey might get most of the attention, but let's get real--it's actually the amazing array of other Thanksgiving recipes at the table that make it a feast worth raving about. Can you imagine a plate without mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, or cranberry sauce? Even the most impressive turkey can't hold down the fort alone.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, there is really one true star of the show: the turkey. And though it can be fun to play with different cooking methods and ingredients, there's something to be said for playing it straight. After all, guests are looking for a Thanksgiving roast turkey that's beautifully golden brown on the outside, plump and juicy on the inside.
Right before the big Thanksgiving meal, my favorite aunt once announced her new vegetarian status to all us kids, and I remember my mother dutifully making room for a Tofurkey in the oven, right next to the Big bird. (Personally, I'd prefer to make a meal out of vegetarian Thanksgiving sides than make-believe meat, but to each his own.) This year presents a new challenge for many cooks: friends and family who, either by choice or medical necessity, are avoiding gluten.
When if comes to Thanksgiving dinner, certain things may be non-negotiable: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, for example. But you want your guests to leave the table sated and singing your praises yet not collapsing on the couch in a calorie-induced coma. So, instead of filling out the menu with calorie-laden side dishes, balance the heavier, richer things on the menu with lighter, more refreshing options.
It's almost time for the big feast. We hope you have a list of everything to buy and a count-down plan, from the make-ahead side dishes on down to the Big Bird itself. If there is one American holiday that is more traditional than any other, Thanksgiving must be it.
A quick and easy dinner the night before Thanksgiving? You bet. Any marathon runner can tell you that you shouldn't run a long distance prior to the big race.
A question about the Thanksgiving menu: Are there any nutritional differences between the regular orange sweet potatoes and the new "white" sweet potatoes? And what's the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? First off, yams and sweet potatoes are from completely unrelated botanical families -- and there are big nutritional differences. Sweet potatoes, from the morning glory family, are notably high in beta-carotene.
Every year I get grumpy about Thanksgiving. So much brown, soft food. Such huge piles of food.
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