TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes
- Easy Turkey Recipe
- Traditional Turkey Recipe
- Fastest Turkey Recipe
- Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Stuffing Recipes
- Mac & Cheese Recipes
- Sweet Potatoes Recipes
- Brussel Sprouts Recipes
- Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes
- Gravy Recipes
- Cranberry Sauces Recipes
- Other Fun Side Dishes
- Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
- Pumpkin Pie Recipes
- Other Dessert Recipes
- Thanksgiving Preparation Tips
The Holidays are here! And Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away from leaving us all searching for ideas of what to prepare for our family, guests or coworkers at the company potluck. However, we all know that preparing a Thanksgiving meal is no easy feat and especially if you’re trying to do it on your own! So, that’s where we come in! We’ve searched for the tastiest Thanksgiving recipes and we also have some tips and instructions on how you should tackle this meal and leave everyone wobbling and gobbling for more! Get it?
Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes:
At your table, this will be the guest of honor! The question is how will it arrive? Roasted, deep-fried, smoked, spatchcocked and the list goes on! Despite the long and elaborate list of options, we decided to go with the most “traditional” way, roasting, as well as the fastest way.
There is one thing we need you to keep in mind before you continue reading. You need 3-4 days for your turkey to thaw in the refrigerator before roasting day arrives. So if you’re reading this on or around November 19th, go get your turkey! We’ll be here when you get back!
Easy Turkey Recipe:
Easy Roast Turkey by Chowhound
Easy. Roast. Turkey. Need they say more? We’ve come to agree that this turkey recipe is by far, sweet, easy and to the point. However, leave it up to our chefs at FTC to add a few tips that will help raise the flavor bar just a few notches.
- Roast a few garlic cloves the night before or the day and spread of them under the skin. When you roast garlic cloves they turn into butter. If you really like garlic, feel free to rub it everywhere!
- We all know turkey can taste a bit dry, but it doesn’t have to! If you like your meats to have a bit of a citrusy taste, take the juice of a few oranges and inject the juice into the turkey. If you’re not a huge fan of citrus, buy a nice Italian dressing, yes! Italian dressing has all the desired flavors and when using it for roasting the end result promises to be superb!
Traditional Turkey Recipe:
Thanksgiving Pioneer-Style Herb Roasted Turkey – By FoodNetwork
We don’t think it can get more traditional than “Pioneer-Style”! This delicious creation is by none other than the famous Mr. Bobby Flay!
Our FTC chefs give this recipe a five star review! If you have the time and the ingredients, this recipe promises to be flavorful and does not require any altering or figuring out.
Can’t get better than that!
Fastest Turkey Recipes:
Spatchcock Turkey by Ovens.Reviewed
Butterfly roast turkey by Seriouseats
When we say fastest, we are referring to the cooking time. Depending on the size, a turkey can take hours to cook and making sure it has cooked through properly is always a challenge, especially if you’re a first-timer in the thanksgiving turkey game.
So, here is an alternative way for you to still make a delicious turkey, while having it cooked to perfection in HALF the time!
Butterfly it! Yes, cut out that backbone and flatten it before roasting! “Spatchcocking Is Still the Fastest, Easiest, Best Way to Roast a Turkey”
Thanksgiving Side Dishes:
What would the guest of honor be without its entourage?
Even though a well-prepared turkey will steal the show, delicious side dishes are necessary additions to its performance. If the different ways of preparing a turkey seemed never-ending, the different sides you can choose from will take the cake!
From stuffing to sweet mashed potatoes, to corn and Brussel sprouts, and we can’t forget the cranberry sauce; the list for sides goes on and on, but the plus is that you can go with whatever you like!
That’s right, there’s ultimately no right or wrong choice to make on your side dishes.
Our FTC chefs decided to choose a few of their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes and give you a few different options for each!
Cornbread stuffing by BudgetSavydiva
Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing by Damndelicious
Slow Cooker Cranberry pecan Stuffing by Damndelicious
Ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta recipe by Foodnetwork
Mac & Cheese Recipes
Macaroni and Cheese Recipe By Foodnetwork
The Mac and Cheese recipe by Thatwhichnourishes
Macaroni Cheese recipe by Thepioneerwoman
Sweet potatoes Recipes
Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Bake by Food.com
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes by FoodNetwork
Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan by Cafedelites
Brussel Sprouts Recipes
Roasted Brussels sprouts Recipe by Foodnetwork
Quick Brussels and Bacon Recipe by AllRecipes
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Eat Yourself Skinny
Caramelized Onion Gravy Recipe By Ohmyveggies
Homemade Turkey Gravy by Whatsgabycooking
The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe By Momontimeout
Make ahead Turkey Thanksgiving Gravy by Noblepig
Want to combine Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes? Here you go:
Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts recipe by TheFoodCharlatan
Cranberry Sauces Recipes:
How to make a cranberry sauce: the Basics by Chowhound
Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce by The Farmgirlgabs
Cranberry Sauce Recipe By Food Network
Cranberry Sauce Recipe by Allrecipes.com
Other fun (not as traditional) side dishes:
Easy Pumpkin Pasties Recipe by Popsugar
Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce by I should be mopping the floor
Cranberry Brie Crostini By Neighborfood Blog
Brie Baked Cheese Appetizer By Growingupbagel
Spinach Puffs By Deliciouslydeclassified
Sweet and Spicy Sausage stuffed mushrooms By Thesuburbansoapbox
Pumpkin Pie Recipes
Classic Pumpkin Pie By Foodnessgracious
Apple Pie By Audrey’s Apron
Pecan Pie By Sally’s Baking Addiction
Other Dessert recipes
Carrot Cake By Allrecipes.com
Thanksgiving Preparation Tips :
OKAY! So now that all the Thanksgiving recipes are out of the way we want to remind you of one very, VERY important thing – DO NOT leave everything for the last minute. There are many things that you can start prepping prior to the big day!
- Season your turkey 3 days prior. You’ll be happy you did it and your guests will love how flavorful your turkey will turn out.
- Making Brussel sprouts? Wash and drain them the night before. It seems like something small, but any bit of time you can save will go a long way.
- Cranberry sauce can be ready to go the day before or even 2 days!
- Preparing mac and cheese? Cook that pasta the day before, BUT make sure it’s Al Dente!
- Did you buy blocks of cheese? Grate that cheese the day before as well!
- Peel your potatoes the night before and refrigerate.
- Making stuffing with cornbread? You can buy pre-made cornbread from your local supermarket or make it the day before.
- Are you considering throwing some Ciabatta bread in that stuffing? Chop it up the night prior.
- Making a pumpkin or sweet potato-based cake from scratch? Leave those ingredients prepared the night before.
- Making homemade icing? You can prepare it the night before as well.
As you can see there are many things that can be started the day prior. You may be thinking “I don’t want to spend one-day prepping things for the next day,” but believe us, you will be very happy you did! Breaking everything up allows you to really focus on cooking the day of, instead of worrying that you won’t have enough time to cook things the way you would have liked because the prepping of it took longer than expected. The bottom line is, start getting prepared now! Buy all the possible ingredients you may need. Don’t be afraid to buy a little extra, it’s better than not having enough! Supermarkets are a zoo the day before! Plus, it’s bound to get used up during the post-Thanksgiving leftover extravaganza!