You can’t get away from serving everyone’s traditional faves on Thanksgiving. After all, this is the one holiday when the whole family purposely shows up in stretchy pants! But that doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a few new ideas. You just might stumble on a new tradition for your new Ventura home—or at least another reason to forgo a button and zipper! If you’re looking for a couple of show-stopping sides, a tasty dessert option, or even an alternative to cooking that whole turkey, we’ve got suggestions. Check out these great Thanksgiving recipes that will transform your table and tickle your taste buds.
This turkey recipe comes from famed chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell, and is a great way to cook a whole turkey in far less time. The trick is spatchcocking. If you’ve never heard of this technique, it’s about to become your favorite Thanksgiving-related word. Spatchcocking the turkey means butterflying it, so the bird lays flat while it’s cooking. Why would you do this? Because a 14-pound turkey roasts in only one hour and 15 minutes!
If the dark meat of the turkey tends to go to waste with your crew or if you’re just ready to skip the drama and hassle of stuffing and cooking and basting (and basting some more) and slicing that giant whole turkey, this butter-roasted turkey breast is a great alternative. Not only does it give you a more manageable amount of turkey that won’t require you to find creative ways to use the rest of the leftovers for the next week, but it’s also quick and easy to prepare.
“Even though this might look like your average turkey,” said Redbook, “it can be prepared in just over an hour, meaning you won’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to put your bird in the oven. Genius.”
You can add some diced apples to your stuffing for a sweet-savory thing, or, you can turn the apples into little serving dishes and create a side that looks like Martha Stewart was here.
Thanksgiving dishes are usually not super healthy, nor are they typically vegetarian- or vegan-friendly, but this sweet potato casserole manages to be both. Without marshmallows or refined sugar, you’ll save a ton of calories (so you can have another helping!).
Who couldn’t use a fresh veggie on the table at Thanksgiving? Of course, this one is wrapped in bacon, so it’s definitely worthy of the holiday gorge-fest.
Appetizers may not be your main concern when getting the table and Thanksgiving recipes together, but a good starter can make the whole meal even more memorable. These are super easy to make; no baking from scratch here. The recipe calls for crescent rolls, but you can opt for something crustier like a focaccia cut into small servings if you’d rather.
A gluten-free option that tastes great? Yes, please! Don’t be surprised if all the bread-eaters at your gathering have a go at this crostini, which earns its cred by replacing the bread with roasted, sliced sweet potato topped with pancetta, brie, and pistachios.
If you’ve never made your own cranberry sauce as one of your Thanksgiving recipes, you’ll be amazed at how easy—and how tasty—it is. Go ahead and crack open that can ‘o jellied stuff, but leave room for this more grown-up version. A few minutes on the stove with some orange juice and zest is all it takes to make something that looks fancy but is really a cinch to prepare.
This dessert gets high marks on allrecipes, and we can see why. If you’re not keen on the same old pumpkin pie, or you want to bring in a little sweet variety, this pumpkin cheesecake is for you.
Thrillist calls this the “Turducken of desserts,” and that may just be enough for someone crafty in the kitchen (or just plain brave) to take it on. “The seasonal specialty comes from Craveable Hospitality Group’s Pastry Director Zac Young, and involves pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and spice cake cut and stacked together, then finished with cinnamon frosting, oat crumble, and apple pie filling, naturally,” they said. If you want to serve this showstopper without preparing it yourself, you’ll be happy to know that you can place an order for nationwide delivery.
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