Maple syrup adds velvety sweetness to traditional pumpkin pie, and a salted-pecan brittle sprinkled on top adds delicious crunch that steals the show. Cut down on day-of prep time by making the brittle up to a week in advance.
Turn a Thanksgiving essential into a standout side dish with a sprinkle of capers, lemon peel, and fresh parsley. The potatoes cook with halved garlic cloves before mashing for more intense flavor, and a few tablespoons of olive oil and butter give the final result a fluffy consistency.
When cooked on the stove top alone, butter takes on a fragrant and nutty quality that makes crisp-tender Brussels sprouts irresistible. We took this standard vegetable side dish a step further and added tender apple slices, fresh thyme, and toasted walnuts to ensure everyone will want seconds.
If bacon and turkey are two of your favorite things, you're in the right place. Make our bacon-wrapped turkey by rubbing a bacon, onion, and sage mixture underneath the turkey skin and weaving strips of bacon across the top. Want more bacon? Serve the turkey with our bacon-onion gravy.
No need to brush up on your cake-decorating skills -- the bright colors of sliced citrus atop this cake take care of that. To speed this cake recipe along, you can leave the skin on the clementines -- baking allows their thinner skin to become tender and less bitter.
Broccolini -- baby broccoli -- will win over even the pickiest eaters at your Thanksgiving table when doused in buttery, garlicky goodness. Serve with lemon wedges to add a bright citrusy note to complement the vegetable side dish.
Stick with classic Thanksgiving flavor in your stuffing with this caramelized onion and roasted carrot combo. Fresh sage lends a welcome earthy note, and sourdough bread brings a hint of tanginess.
Editor's Tip: To give your onions extra golden color, add a sprinkle of sugar during the caramelizing process.
Crank up the heat on your Thanksgiving turkey recipe with a bold and heady spice rub of brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Brush a homemade BBQ sauce infused with cranberry sauce, cranberry-pomegranate juice, and chili sauce onto the turkey while it roasts to give it an additional kick of sweet heat.
Swirl sour cream and sauteed corn into classic mashed potatoes for tangy flavor and surprise texture. A unique and delicious cornflake and smoked paprika topping adds a delightful crunch to the Thanksgiving potatoes.
Double up on the corn with fresh-off-the-cob kernels and hearty homemade corn bread in this traditional stuffing recipe. Red onion, baby spinach, and a pinch of crushed red pepper add mouthwatering appeal to this dish.
This rustic-looking cobbler is chock-full of festive cranberries and plums. Instead of completely covering the dish, top it with small portions of the sweet dough to let the pretty appearance of the fruit show through. Bonus: You can use just one bowl for prep, which makes cleanup easy.
On the outside, this chocolate-spice olive oil cake looks pretty standard, but on the inside, whole pears steal the show. The “wow” factor of this beautiful dessert comes from the easiest step -- you place whole pears directly into the batter, which rises up around them during baking.
Fresh herbs and lime zest tucked under the turkey skin give it an incredibly bright and unique flavor. For an extra boost, use the pan drippings from roasting to make a cilantro-lime gravy, then sprinkle fresh cilantro on top of the turkey just before serving.
Reminiscent of a high-quality cheese plate, this no-fuss stuffing recipe combines dried cherries and apricots with crisp pears and sharp white cheddar for sweet-savory flavor. The recipe calls for whole wheat bread, but you can easily swap in a favorite to make the stuffing your own.
Crispy bits of pancetta mixed with tender butternut squash and clementines elevates a simple side dish to out-of-this-world status. The squash cooks right in the oh-so-good pancetta drippings, giving the entire dish an abundance of rich flavor.
Barley's hearty texture and nutty flavor add substance to this creamy dressing. Precooking the barley in chicken broth instead of water boosts the flavor before combining it with fresh chard, chopped walnuts, and Parmesan cheese.
Pureed sweet potato adds an extra flavor layer to basic pumpkin pie, but the snack mix topping (made from crumbled cheese crackers, salted peanuts, and brown sugar) is the real scene-stealer on this Thanksgiving dessert recipe.
Sharing isn’t necessary with these individually portioned apple pies. To make prep a snap, skip crimping the pastry -- just lay the pastry pieces on top of each dish and pinch the corners slightly.
Try this new, bold take on a party classic: Bake thin slices of salami in the oven until brown (they’ll crisp more as they cool) and serve with creamy mustard dip. This irresistible combo is an easy and flavorful entertaining favorite.
Pizza night gets a flavor update with this easy flatbread recipe. Caramelized onions bridge the gap between savory and sweet, and nicely complement thinly sliced ham, apples, and Swiss cheese.
Pizza Dough Tip: Bake the flatbread on a pizza stone to get an extra-crispy crust.
Stuff your Thanksgiving bird with lemons, pears, and a mix of aromatic spices to give it amazing flavor from the inside out. The sweetness of the cherry-pear glaze goes hand in hand with the turkey stuffing, carrying the flavor through each delicious slice.
Slow-roasting cauliflower in the oven enhances its subtle flavor and makes cauliflower deliciously tender. Yellow onion and cranberries add a sweet complement to the cauliflower, which is drizzled with a simple balsamic dressing before serving.
Skip packaged mixed nuts in favor of this toasted walnut recipe. Dried cherries add a burst of sweetness, and fresh rosemary lends a strong earthy flavor to this easy-to-make savory snack that comes together quickly.
Dress up plain green olives to impress in a simple marinade of exotic spices, including coriander, cumin, and dried hot chiles. You’ll want to plan ahead -- the recommended chill time is up to seven days -- but the end result is worth the wait.
Fruitcake, which is typically dark and dense, gets a lighter makeover for the holidays with this recipe. We save time by not soaking the dried apples and apricots (they’re folded directly into the batter) and layer fresh fruit on top of the cake for a tasty spin on tradition.
A vanilla-cinnamon filling adds scrumptious snickerdoodle cookie flavor to plain cheesecake. We doubled up on the cookie theme in the crust -- use a food processor to crush the cookies while adding the melted butter to make this step easier.
A Hanukkah classic, crisp-fried latkes (potato pancakes) are a welcome dish year-round. To get that perfect, crunchy pancake, use starchy russet potatoes and squeeze out excess liquid from each patty before cooking. Read on for three flavorful takes on this easy-to-master classic.
Branch out from the traditional potato-onion latke combo with a beet and carrot blend. The shredded vegetables (which can easily be prepped en masse with a food processor) fry up just as easily and have a few more beneficial vitamins, too.
Add a bit of kick to the traditional latke recipe with shredded horseradish root and a few cloves of garlic.
Editor’s Tip: When frying up a large batch of latkes, you may need to reduce the heat to medium to prevent overbrowning.
Give traditional potato pancakes a sweeter spin with dried currants and sweet potatoes. Match the unexpected ingredients with complementary spices (such as cinnamon and cloves), and you might be able to pass off these latkes as dessert (served with applesauce, of course!).