16 Thanksgiving Recipes to Master

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy
Photo: © John Kernick

Thanksgiving is basically one giant dinner party, and in this roundup, we cover all of the holiday's greatest hits. There's roasted turkey with Italian sausage stuffing, and dreamy Chantilly potatoes with a savory Parmesan crust; for dessert, we'd recommend a slice of creamy sweet potato pie, made all the more indulgent with a scoop of licorice ice cream. With 16 recipes to choose from, you'll find plenty to fill your holiday table.

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Swiss Chard and Leek Gratin

Swiss Chard and Leek Gratin
© Con Poulos

This gratin combines blanched chard and sautéed leeks, cooked until just tender in a creamy two-cheese sauce made with both Gruyère and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy
© John Kernick

Even though he's lived in Los Angeles for years, Lee Hefter gravitates to people from the East Coast, who, like him, might have seen the fall foliage every year and watched maple syrup being tapped. He thinks adding maple syrup to gravy makes it go better with all the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.

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Chantilly Potatoes with a Parmesan Crust

Chantilly Potatoes with a Parmesan Crust
© Lucy Schaeffer

Maria Guarnaschelli likes to joke that when you cook French food on a regular basis, you need a cow in the backyard to provide enough butter and cream. This dairy-rich recipe calls for whipped cream and cheese.

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Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
© Lucy Schaeffer

This unbelievably simple side dish counters the slight bitterness of brussels sprouts with a sweet maple-syrup pan sauce.

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Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Wild Mushrooms

Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Wild Mushrooms

Chef Kevin Kathman stuffs maple-glazed roasted squash with quinoa and sautéed wild mushrooms. For a more substantial dish, serve it with roasted root vegetables brushed with the same glaze.

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Roasted Turkey with Italian Sausage Stuffing

Roasted Turkey with Italian Sausage Stuffing

This is a marvelous turkey—simple, satisfying and completely delicious. Since Grace Parisi is a big fan of sweet Italian sausage (which was always in the rice-based stuffing she ate as a kid), she often adds it to the dressing; the fennel seed in the sausage truly elevates the dish.

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Spaghetti Squash Salad with Pine Nuts and Tarragon

Spaghetti Squash Salad with Pine Nuts and Tarragon

Spaghetti squash, which separates into spaghetti-like strands when cooked, is an excellent base for this easy salad from Patrick Stubbers. The recipe would also be good with roasted cubes of butternut squash.

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White Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Robiola Cheese

White Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Robiola Cheese

With a variety of mushrooms and creamy polenta, this dish will hit the spot if you're craving something savory.

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Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks

Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks

Pro tip—you can make the crispy leeks the night beforehand, and re-crisp them at 350° Fahrenheit in the oven day-of.

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Pumpkin Seed Bread Salad

Pumpkin Seed Bread Salad

Crusty country Italian bread is the star of this dish, paired with pumpkin seeds, scallions, celery, and garlic with a touch of sherry.

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Dry-Brined Spatchcocked Turkey

Dry-Brined Spatchcocked Turkey Recipe
Greg DuPree

A dry brine is not only an easier technique, but it also results in crispier skin and more flavorful meat than a classic wet brine. Those final six to 12 hours of drying will ensure crackling, crispy skin.

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Apple Cider Cream Pie

Apple Cider Cream Pie
© Dana Gallagher

This pie is a delicious combination of cream pie and apple pie, best served with baked apple slices.

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Warm Pumpkin Cake

Warm Pumpkin Cake
© Ray Kachatorian

This cake is a riff on a traditional English steamed pudding. Warm, soft, spicy and simple, it may be one of the best pumpkin desserts you'll ever eat.

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Sweet Potato Pie with Honeycrisp-Kabocha Salad

Sweet Potato Pie with Honeycrisp Kabocha Salad Recipe
Marcus Nilsson

With more eggs than a traditional pumpkin pie, this pie-version is much richer and matches the creamy texture of the accompanying licorice ice cream.

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Sweet Onion Challah Stuffing

Sweet Onion Challah Stuffing Recipe
Victor Protasio

Baked in thin layer in a sheet pan, this nostalgic stuffing has plenty of deliciously crispy edges. When buying challah, look for a loaf that feels springy; when you poke it, the loaf should slowly bounce back to its original shape. The addition of orange juice adds a lightly sweet, floral flavor to this otherwise-traditional dish.

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Garlicky Haricots Verts with Hazelnuts

Garlicky Haricots Verts with Hazelnuts Recipe
Victor Protasio

Fresh haricots verts are quickly cooked in beef fat just until they're crisp-tender, giving them deeply savory flavor without overcooking them. The acidic lemon juice and licoricey tarragon add just enough bright, light flavor to this rich side dish.

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