After years of putting on our favorite feast, we understand the perfect Thanksgiving menu is created from equal parts tradition and trying something new. Maybe making Mom’s stuffing recipe is non-negotiable, but you still want to serve your guests some modern, surprising and delicious dishes. Where can you start?
This year, we’re rounding up our most classic and creative recipes to help keep your feast updated and delicious. Dig in!
Tartines: Toast with a Twist
Tartines, French for toasts, are an easily customizable app option for your pre-dinner spread. The secret combo: a bready base, satisfying spread, crunchy toppings, and a sprinkle of sauce and garnish. Check out our top flavor choices. Bon appetit!
Charcuterie Board 101
Mix & match charcuterie boards are a can’t-miss (and super-easy) appetizer that come together with minimal work. We lay out the basic starter ingredients (cheese, meat, fruit) and recommend some extras to sprinkle in (nuts, pickled items, spicy sides).
Five Spins on Stuffing
If the turkey is the king of Thanksgiving dishes, then the stuffing is the queen–and should rightfully have a key place on your dining table. Here are five of our favorite takes with savory flavor combos like rye bread with fennel and prosciutto, and onion with rosemary and shiitake mushroom.
Customized Mashed Potatoes
Ah, mashed potatoes: the sumptuous starch you know guests will want second servings of. Start with Yukons (the perfect potato for mashing!) and then switch it up…we’ll tell you how to take them in cheesy, herby, spicy and loaded directions.
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Searching for a simple-yet-satisfying dish to bring to Friendsgiving? Look no further than our Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, which gives traditional mac a seasonal twist. Going for bonus points? Top it with a few delicate crispy sage leaves. Let us take some pressure off this year and order this Thanksgiving recipe (and more!) today.
Whether crafted with love or shaken out of a can, cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple you can’t pass up. Here’s our so-doable base recipe, plus four ways to upgrade it—and yes, one of them is spiked–time to dust off the bottle of Pinot you’ve been saving.
Hard Apple Cider
Balance is important for big-eating holidays, so we’re giving guests a drink that feels lighter but is still festive and fun. Enter this hard apple cider cocktail; our mixture features rye whiskey, hard apple cider, and a sprig of rosemary. Cheers!
With so many people (and flavors) around the table on Thanksgiving it can be difficult to pick a wine that will please everyone’s palates. So we like to stock our fridge with three essential Thanksgiving wines.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe
It’s November, which means we’re fully on board the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon. If you’re looking for an alternate option to pie, try our pumpkin bread recipe (also delish as leftovers with a cup of coffee the next morning).
We can’t lie: Pecan Pie might be our all-time-favorite Thanksgiving recipe. How can you resist crunchy pecans, caramelized brown sugar filling, and a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top? Make sure you resist the second helping of casserole to leave room for this favorite. Want to try it but want to skip the shopping trip? Order it from Plated this week!
The Day After
Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza
Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches are so 2018. This year, we’re doing Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza: a less-bready option that still lets your leftover Thanksgiving turkey, veggies, sauces, and sides shine. Plus, nobody has to argue over the bread heel now.
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