Secrets to a Successful Thanksgiving | Fast, Easy, Make Ahead
Soups & Starters
Sounds crazy, but the key to a sane Thanksgiving is to start cooking well ahead. The recipes here were created with this idea in mind. Only the salad needs a quick last-minute tossing.
| ||Velvety Beet Soup|
| ||Chicory-Leek Soup|
| ||Spinach and Orange Salad with Parmesan Pecans|
| ||Fresh Goat Cheese and Crispy Shallot Dip|
Turkey is so traditional, so satisfying, so...predictable. But give it a curry sauce or a teriyaki glaze and you've added an element of surprise. An even bolder move: Serve a juicy pork rib roast instead.
| ||Pork Rib Roast with Orange-Whisky Glaze|
| ||Imperial Turkey with Curry Gravy|
| ||Teriyaki-Glazed Turkey with Shallot Gravy|
Breads & Condiments
Making rolls or condiments from scratch might seem like a chapter from an over-achiever's Thanksgiving guide. But because they can be prepared days in advance, they're really the easiest part of the meal.
| ||Onion-Buttermilk Pinwheels|
| ||Bay Leaf-Scented Spoon Rolls|
| ||Applesauce with Dried Cranberries|
| ||Port-Cranberry Sauce|
Beige, brown, more beige, more brown: A Thanksgiving plate can be a little drab.That's where great side dishes come in, adding a hit of colornot to mention texture and flavorto the pigment-challenged turkey and gravy.
| ||Roasted Broccoli with Ancho Butter|
| ||Cider-Braised Collards with Ham|
| ||Ham and Sausage Strata|
| ||Champagne-Roasted Cauliflower with GruyÃï¿½re|
| ||Spicy Green Beans with Bacon and Tomatoes|
Desserts make us greedy. Appealing to our want-it-all urges are recipes that combine several favorites in one: pumpkin cheesecake with a brownie crust, say, or macaroon bars topped with chocolate-covered chestnuts.
| ||Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust|
| ||Hazelnut and Raspberry Jam Linzer Tart|
| ||Carrot Cookies with Orange-Brown Butter Glaze|
| ||Coconut Macaroon Bars with Chocolate-Covered Chestnuts|