Thanksgiving Recipe Playbook

By Ann Fulton

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Thanksgiving should be full of joy, laughter, and lots of great food! To make the day easier and more delicious, I’ve put together the following list of reader and family favorite Thanksgiving recipes that will cover all the bases.


The full list of Thanksgiving Recipes:

    How to Roast the Perfect Turkey

    When it comes to the perfect turkey, more work doesn’t mean a better bird. With the following step-by-step instructions, a perfectly seasoned turkey with crisp skin and white meat that’s […]

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    Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

    This hands-off, foolproof way to achieve tender, juicy white meat can be fully prepped the night before if desired, and there are two spectacular gravy options-or you can simply make […]

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    The Most Flavorful Roasted Turkey Legs or Thighs

    A simple spice rub and one clever trick are the keys to crispy skin and tender, juicy meat that’s brimming with flavor. Easy to prep ahead and pop in the […]

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    Easy Make-Ahead Gravy Base or Quick Gravy

    A quick and easy base to which pan drippings are added for a deliciously stress-free (and lump-free!) gravy. May be prepared up to 4 days in advance.   Do you fret over […]

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    Slow Cooker Stuffing (with oven method)

    Tender stuffing with crispy edges is 100% possible in a slow cooker, freeing up precious oven space. The classic flavor is sure to please, and the optional add-ins and prep-ahead […]

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    Stuffing Balls

    Clever, portion-controlled, and a surefire hit on a holiday table or alongside poultry and pork dishes throughout the year. Stuffing balls are easy to make for any size crowd and […]

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    Wild Rice and Sausage Casserole (or Stuffing/Dressing)

    Initially created as a side to poultry, we enjoy this hearty recipe throughout the year as a main dish. It’s equally delightful paired with a green vegetable or salad.   […]

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    Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    If you’re not careful, these magical bites will disappear from the baking sheet before they make it to the table! Who knew we had to guard our vegetables?   I […]

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    Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes

    Light and creamy mashed potatoes can be dairy-free, fuss-free, and utterly delicious. A sprig of optional rosemary adds a little something extra!   Do mashed potatoes make infrequent appearances on […]

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    Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes are vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free (you get the point!), but full of amazing flavor. Leftovers reheat well and can even be used for satisfying breakfast bowls.   […]

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    Make-Ahead Baked Mashed Potatoes

    This flexible, make-head mashed potato recipe is a sure-fire hit on a holiday table. You can even freeze it before baking, and the crispy Parmesan crust will not disappoint!   […]

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    Corn Spoon Bread

    Corn Spoon Bread is best described as a delicious merger of baked corn and cornbread, and the quick-to-prepare side dish can be made ahead and reheats and freezes well. Enjoy […]

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    Favorite Brussels Sprouts Salad

    A healthy, go-to salad for busy nights, parties, potlucks and holiday tables. This super-satisfying salad can be made in advance and the dressing is a versatile keeper!   This salad […]

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    Fall Slaw 

    A bag of slaw mix offers a convenient shortcut in this crisp, wholesome, seasonal salad. The easy vinaigrette is loaded with flavor and can be used in a variety of […]

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    Roasted Beet & Green Bean Salad

    Clever cooking techniques, make-ahead convenience, and lots of options add to the appeal of this vibrant salad. The versatile vinaigrette is an absolute keeper that comes together quickly with basic pantry […]

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    Classic Butternut Squash Soup (with options)

    Smooth and luxuriously creamy (but with no cream in sight), a big pot of this satisfying soup comes together easily with minimal ingredients. Plus there’s a list of recipe adjustments […]

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    Jeweled Cranberry Orange Relish… and a Thanksgiving bonus recipe

    A cup of jewel-like pomegranate seeds and an orange-enhancing splash of triple sec take classic cranberry relish to new heights!   When I was growing up, my family spent every […]

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    Cranberry Apple Crisp 

    A delightful balance of sweet and tart adds something special to this easy crisp, which can be made dairy- and gluten-free if needed.   While I will always have a fond […]

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    Pumpkin Pie Cake

    Pumpkin pie meets coffee cake in this crowd-pleasing, easy-to-make dessert that makes use of a convenient shortcut. A great way to shake up the Thanksgiving dessert table and a crowd-pleasing […]

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    Maple Pumpkin Pie

    Easy to make and delightful to eat, you may find yourself baking this pie well after the holiday season. For a pudding-like option, skip the crust and bake the filling […]

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    Favorite Flourless Chocolate Cake

    Decadent and delicious, this flourless cake will be a special addition to any holiday table and is also a good option for those who need a gluten-free dessert.   When […]

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    Holiday Sangria

    Infused with cranberry, orange, and apple, this make-ahead cocktail is a festive crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving and all of your holiday celebrations.   Looking for a signature drink to […]

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    Apple Bourbon Smash

    Warm notes of bourbon complement the sweetness of apples in this lightly effervescent cocktail that takes a mere minute to make. Prefer a mocktail? Just skip the bourbon!     […]

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