The Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast: Delicious Holiday Menus

Recipes for turkey, stuffing, green beans, potatoes and cranberries, plus dozens of new ideas that bring a little something extra to the table. Mix and match to create a spectacular dinner.


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Perked-Up Classics (Total Time: 6 hours)

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Herb-Butter-Roasted Turkey
Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli with Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Brussels Sprouts, Cherries and Pistachios
Cranberry-Pomegranate Relish
Prosciutto-Sage Mashed Potatoes
Sausage, Pear and Pecan Stuffing
Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie

Meal Timeline6 hours before: Make pie. 5 hours before: Bake stuffing, make relish. 4 hours before: Roast Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli.3 hours before: Roast turkey and make gravy; finish vegetable dishes; cook mashed potatoes.


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Herb-Butter-Roasted Turkey

Herb-Butter Roasted Turkey
Makes 12
Prep 25 m
Roast 150 m
Stand 15 m
Cook 7 m

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Sausage, Pear and Pecan Stuffing

Sausage, Pear and Pecan Stuffing
Makes 8
Prep 20 m
Bake 33 m
Cook 12 m

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Brussels Sprouts with Cherries and Pistachios

Brussels Sprouts with Cherries and Pistachios
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Roast 25 m

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Prosciutto-Sage Mashed Potatoes

Prosciutto-Sage Mashed Potatoes
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Cook 10 m

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Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli with Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Roast 25 m
Cook 2 m

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Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie

Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Microwave 6 m
Bake 15 m
Broil 2 m
Bake and 350 degrees for 45 minutes

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Fried Turkey Twist (Total Time: 4 hours)

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Roasted Garlic and Sage Fried Turkey
Honeyed Sweet Potatoes
Sauteed Green Beans with Parmesan
Creamy Corn and Bacon Casserole
Quick Cranberry Chutney
Smoky Southern Cornbread Dressing
Spiced Olive Oil Cake

Meal Timeline 4 hours before: Bake cake.3 hours before: Make chutney; prep sweet potatoes; assemble dressing. 2 hours before: Heat oil in fryer; trim green beans; assemble corn casserole; inject turkey with seasonings. During last hour: Fry turkey; bake dressing and corn casserole; cook green beans and sweet potatoes; frost cake.


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Roasted Garlic and Sage Fried Turkey

Roasted Garlic and Sage Fried Turkey
Makes 8
Prep 30 m
Microwave 6 m
Fry 3 - 4 m

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Honey Sweet Potatoes

Honeyed Sweet Potatoes
Makes 8
Prep 10 m
Cook 10 m

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Creamy Corn and Bacon Casserole

Creamy Corn and Bacon Casserole
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Cook 13 m
Bake 35 m

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Sauteed Green Beans with Parmesan

Sauteed Green Beans with Parmesan
Makes 8
Prep 10 m
Cook 9 m

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Spiced Olive Oil Cake

Spiced Olive Oil Cake
Makes 12
Prep 25 m
Bake 55 m

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As You Watch the Parade Quick Feast (Total Time: 2 hours)

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Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Breast
Roasted Fingerlings, Parsnips and Baby
Carrots
Fig and Toasted Pine Nut Dressing
Mixed Lettuces with Pear and Blue Cheese
Eggnog Ice Cream Parfaits

Meal Timeline2 hours before: Simmer cranberry glaze; prep potatoes and vegetables. 1 1/2 hours before: Roast turkey breast, potatoes and vegetables. During last hour: Make fig and pine nut dressing; prep salad; whip cream and refrigerate.


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Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Breast

Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Breast
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Roast 60 m
Cook 5 m
Broil 5 m
Stand 10 m

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Roasted Fingerlings, Parsnips and Baby Carrots

Roasted Fingerlings, Parsnips and Baby Carrots
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Roast 55 m
Broil 3 m

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Mixed Lettuces with Pear and Blue Cheese

Mixed Lettuces with Pear and Blue Cheese
Makes 6
Prep 10 m

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Eggnog Ice Cream Parfaits

Eggnog Ice Cream Parfaits
Makes 6
Prep 10 m

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Turkey Recipes

Turkey With Pan Gravy
Makes 12
Prep 15 m
Cook 3 m
Roast 210 - 240 m

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Stuffing Recipes

Classic Fresh Sage Stuffing
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Bake 45 m
Cook 5 m

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Green Bean Recipes

Green Bean Bake
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Bake 30 m

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Potato Recipes

Classic Whipped Potato Casserole
Makes 12
Prep 15 m
Bake 45 m
Cook 20 m

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Cranberry Recipes

Cranberry Sauce
Makes 8
Prep 5 m
Cook 18 m

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Ultimate Thanksgiving Timeline

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2 Weeks Ahead

  • Decide on menu—feel free to mix and match.

1 Week Ahead

  • Buy ingredients.
  • Buy beverages.

4 Days Ahead

  • Thaw turkey (in refrigerator), if frozen.

2 Days Ahead

  • Assemble serving utensils, platters.
  • Make stuffing, refrigerate.

1 Day Ahead

  • Set up buffet.
  • Set table.

Thanksgiving Morning

  • Start turkey.
  • Prep potatoes.
  • Clear out fridge for leftovers later on.

Before Serving

  • Finish sides.
  • Reheat dishes as needed in oven or microwave.

Originally published in the November 29, 2010, issue of Family Circle magazine.


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Watch our Food Director prepare a turkey two ways!