Thanksgiving Super-roundup

Looking for tips on how to make the Thanksgiving classics? How about some new ideas you can try? Look below for a roundup of some of the best dishes we’ve done, all hand-picked as sure-fire winners at the Thanksgiving feast.

  • Main Dishes
    • Roast Turkey
    • Rotisserie Turkey
    • Rotisserie Chicken
    • Slow Roasted Chicken
  • Classic Side Dishes
    • Cranberry Sauce
    • Smooth Cranberry Sauce
    • Roasted Squash
    • Glazed Carrots
    • Potatoes au Gratin
    • Fried Green Beans with Bacon
    • Giblet Gravy
    • Potato Buns
  • Desserts
    • Tarte Tatin
    • Sorghum Pecan Pie
    • Cranberry Cheesecake
    • Frozen Chocolate Truffle Pie
  • Alternatives
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Corn Casserole
    • Sauteed Cabbage
    • Baked Mac and Cheese (two versions)
    • Baked Fauxtatoes
    • Creamy Cheesecake
  • Leftovers
    • Turkey Hash
    • Turkey Soup
    • Clarified Turkey Broth
  • Other
    • Classic Kids’ Thanksgiving Feast
    • Industrial Food-like Products
    • Cooking Safety
    • Pie Crusts (And one topping)

Main Dishes

The perfect bird.

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The classic centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dinner.

Rotisserie Turkey Breast

If the weather holds up, and you don’t need the whole bird, this method is great for getting all-around crispy skin and not much fat.

Rotisserie Chicken

You don’t need a whole turkey, but you still want drumsticks.

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This method doesn’t get you the beautiful, camera-ready skin, but it’s moist and delicious and nearly foolproof.

Classic Side Dishes

A few things you’re just expecting to see.

Cranberry Sauce

If your mother-in-law just refuses to serve the stuff from a can, this grown-up version is the real thing you never knew you were missing.

Smooth Cranberry Sauce

Just like the stuff in the can, but without the rings around it.

Roasted Squash

This might not be a classic in your family, but there’s a good bet they had it at the first Thanksgiving.

Glazed Carrots

Not the mushy, syrupy pieces of sad that you remember from your high school cafeteria. They’re a little sweet, a little salty, and still have a bit of texture to them.

Potatoes au Gratin

Just a bit less boring than the traditional mashed potatoes.

Fried Green Beans with Bacon

Say it with me, kids: “Everything’s Better With Bacon!”

Giblet Gravy

You know that bag of “stuff” you have to take out of the turkey before you cook it? You don’t just throw that out, do you?

Potato Buns

These have a softer texture than most other dinner rolls I’ve made. And they’re just the right size for making turkey sammiches.


You can find apple, pumpkin and cherry pie recipes anywhere. Why not try one of these instead?

Tarte Tatin

A classic French twist on the classic American pie.

Sorghum Pecan Pie

If you think you don’t like pecan pie, have you ever had it made from scratch? What a difference.

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Save some of that cranberry sauce you made to top this classic cheesecake recipe.

Frozen Chocolate Truffle Pie

So crazy chocolatey it will satisfy the most intense cocoa craving.


These don’t usually show up on Thanksgiving menus, but they should.

Brussels Sprouts

One great thing about these, besides the taste, is that they’re ridiculously easy to make. Always a plus when you’re doing a bunch of dishes for a large crowd.

Corn Casserole

A little more work than just heating up a bag of frozen corn, but easy to do ahead.

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This is a crossover from my St. Patrick’s Day lineup, but it earns its place here with great flavor, and quick prep.

Baked Mac and Cheese

I picked this recipe up on my honeymoon, and it’s been a favorite at big get-togethers ever since.

Baked Mac and Cheese, Take 2

This is a more traditional version than the one above.

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If you’re trying to cut back on carbs but still want some mashed potatoes, this is a pretty good alternative.

Creamy Cheesecake

This is usually a summer treat with seasonal berries, but if you’ve got access to good ones, go for it.


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Every year I heard this in The Movie — you know which movie I mean, right? I finally made it … totally worth it.

Turkey Soup

This version of the recipe shows cooking the turkey just for the soup. You’ll be doing it with leftovers.

Clarified Turkey Broth

I’ll admit this is a bit of work, but do it once and tell me it isn’t worth the time.


A couple of odds and ends to consider.

Classic Kids’ Thanksgiving Feast

If you watch the holiday specials on TV every year, you’ve seen a dog serve this to a bird.

Industrial Food-like Products

There’s never been an industrial simulation of a real food that wasn’t a chemical and biological horror show.

Cooking Safety

Make sure the battery is good in your smoke detector, and keep a fire extinguisher handy. Just in case.

Pie Crusts (and one topping)

If you follow all of those pie recipes above you’ll see these links included within. But if you’re just looking for a crust recipe for some other pie, you can try: basic pie crust; sweet pie crust; cookie pie crust (like Oreo™); graham cracker crust (great for cheesecake).

And if you want a crunchy top on your apple or pumpkin pie, try some toasted pecans.

And that’s it.