Look no further for your Thanksgiving dinner planning! We've got turkey recipes (smoked, deep-fried, roasted, sous vide!), easy appetizer recipes, desserts and sides, even a wine pairing guide from our wine connoisseur friend, Jameson Fink! Also, check out our Thanksgiving Holiday Recipe Page here and don't miss these Pinterest boards for even more recipes!
Learn How To Carve A Turkey Like A Pro!
6 Tips for the Perfect Roast Turkey
1. Brine Your Turkey: Soaking in a brine will flavor the bird as well as keep it moist. Learn how by watching this video.
2. Flavor The Bird: Make sure to adequately salt and pepper the turkey and fill the cavity with aromatic vegetables, herbs, and lemons.
3. Dry the Skin Before Roasting: Don't forget to pat down the turkey before putting it in the oven. The excess moisture will prevent the skin from getting crisp. (This does not include fat).
4. Use a Thermometer: A thermometer is the best way to check for doneness. It should register 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the bird.
5. Start the Oven High and then Lower the Temperature: Start the turkey at 425 degrees F to help crisp the skin for 20 minutes and then lower to 350 degrees F until cooked through.
6. Let the Turkey Rest Before Serving: Letting the turkey rest allows the juices to redistribute so that it will be moist and flavorful (this goes with any meat!).
Turkey! Turkey! Turkey!
Stuffings, Sides & Salads
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Red Onions and Pancetta
Contributed to Foodista by Diana Bauman
Cauliflower and Broccoli Gratin With Camembert Cheese
Contributed to Foodista by The Coffee Break
Sweet Corn Pudding
Courtesy of My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking by Chef John Besh
Fennel and Orange Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Cranberries
Contributed to Foodista by Kiss My Spatula
Arugula Salad with Pomegranate, Avocado and Goat Cheese
Contributed to Foodista by Winnie Abramson
Things get hectic on Thanksgiving day and the last thing we want to spend precious time on is an elaborate appetizer spread. Those just spoil the appetite anyway! When it comes to holiday entertaining my philosophy is "half-homemade/half store-bought." Don't have time to make your own fresh Hummus? Buy a plain version and dress up the top with some herbs and a flavorful olive oil. In less than 10 minutes you can make your own Herb and Spiced Goat Cheese. Or, throw mushrooms in balsamic vinegar for some delicious Rosemary Thyme Marinated Mushrooms. Below are some more of my favorite easy, crowd-pleaser holiday appetizers that you can make without breaking a sweat.
This delicious Egyptian nut and spice blend is excellent served with olive oil-dipped bread.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers
Head for the olive bar in your supermarket and pick up some of those little red peppers. They're sweet and just a bit spicy - perfect for stuffing with a pungent cheese like a blue (they're also great with goat cheese!).
Wines to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner
Courtesy of Jameson Fink - Wine Without Worry
What is more festive than bubbles? Not only are sparkling wines a great way to greet your guests at the door, they are also fantastic food wines. The bubbles and zest inherent in sparkling wines have a cleansing and refreshing effect on your palate as you transition from each distinct taste on your crowded holiday plate.
It's not just for summertime sipping. Dry rosé not only has the added benefit of looking pretty on the table, but is great with poultry and vegetables.
While Nouveau gets all the attention this time of year, I like to beat the drum for Beaujolais-Villages and Cru Beaujolais. Though made from the Gamay grape (like Nouveau), these are more serious expressions of Beaujolais that are wonderful with a slight chill and will convert any fan of lighter-style reds. Made from the best sites in the region, Cru Beaujolais has enough brawn to handle duck and even beef.
Any Crisp, Dry White
You can't go wrong with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from any part of globe. I'm also fond of Gruner Veltliner from Austria, especially when you can get it in a cool one liter bottle, which makes it extra-sharable. Both are very good with green salads.
Whatever You Like To Drink!
Zinfandel? Cabernet? Chardonnay? Saving a special bottle to share? Relax and enjoy the wines that make you happy. But be sure to try a few sips from everything on the table. With such an array of flavors on hand and within arm's reach, it's a great opportunity to sharpen your experience with food and wine pairings.
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