Look out belly, the biggest eating day of the year, Thanksgiving, is almost here! While I’m searching for my stretchiest pants to pack for my Thanksgiving getaway, many of you are finalizing your plans for the big day. If you are hosting the big meal this year, or need a no-fail dish to bring to the event, I’ve rounded up our tried and true, beloved holiday recipes from the wht archives to grace the Thanksgiving table.
• Honey Apple Martini – An apple flavored cocktail that is not candy-like and sugary sweet. Start the festivities with this Wild Turkey American Honey based drink invented by our own Stef.
• How to: Pour a Black and Tan – You can never go wrong with beer, especially for the people gathered around the television watching football. This drink allows you to up the fanciness a notch by pouring the perfect black and tan in chilled lager glasses.
• Ruby Red Grapefruit Mimosa – Breaking out the bubbly? Add a splash of citrus and a bit of color with this easy and festive cocktail.
• Pomegranate Ginger Champagne – Not a grapefruit fan (me neither). How about two of my favorite flavors – pomegranate and ginger? Combined with champagne, you’ve got the makings of one festive drink. Cheers!
Appetizers & Starters:
• Onion Cheese Ball – A great people pleasing appetizer to serve as the crowd arrives and gathers in the living room. It will keep them satisfied as you make the finishing touches to the big meal.
• How to: Build a Salad – Before pigging out on the fattening dishes, I love starting the meal with a healthy and yummy salad. Follow our tips for making a perfectly balanced, perfectly tasty salad and serve it as the first course. Then let the true gluttony began!
• Jalapeno Ginger Butternut Squash Soup – Can’t bear the thought of a salad at Thanksgiving? Opt for serving bowls of this warm and homey soup that also offers a surprising spicy kick.
Turkey and Gravy:
• How to brine a Turkey – Before she was gracing the pages of O Magazine, Spice Station owner and friend of wht Bronwen (aka Winnie) shared her secrets for getting a plump and juicy turkey to the table.
• Tofurky Roast & Gravy – Going vegetarian this year? Check out our review and tips of the one and only Tofurky roast meal. Turkeys everywhere will thank you.
• Pamela’s Thanksgiving Stuffing - This is one of the simplest stuffing recipes you’ll find, but still packs a flavorful punch. And if time is an issue, (isn’t it always?) this one can be made a day or two ahead of the meal.
• Turkey Gravy – It seems the gravy is always one of the most stressful and mistake-prone items to make on the entire table. Follow these steps for perfect gravy – every single time.
• Good Gravy: gluten free and vegan recipes – We don’t want anyone to miss out on this meal, so we’ve also got fool-proof gravy recipes for vegetarians and the gluten-free.
• World’s Best Mac and Cheese – One of wht’s most viewed recipes ever, this incredibly delish dish has it all. Warm gooey cheese meets crumbly, crunchy bits for truly the best mac and cheese ever.
• Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Gratin Brussels and cheese? What’s not to love? This is my favorite Thanksgiving side (mine too ~Stef) and should absolutely be on your Thanksgiving table. Trust me.
• How to: Mashed Potatoes – The meal isn’t complete without the potatoes. We’ve got a simple, tried and true recipe, as well as some tips for whipping up perfectly fluffy taters.
• Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree – This modern take on sweet potatoes ditches the marshmallows and adds a generous splash of crème fraiche, with dashes of nutmeg and cayenne pepper. And it’s fighting with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Gratin for the tile of Best Side Ever.
• Homemade Apple Pie – Our resident baker, Pamela Irene, shares her time-tested apple recipe that’s sure to impress. Plus, she has lots of tips for making this classic treat.
• Blueberry Pie – It’s all about pie on this day, so here’s another fruit filled favorite. As a bonus, recipe sharer and former Pennsylvania resident Krista was able to snag this crust recipe from the best pie makers ever, the Amish.
• Shaya’s Pumpkin Pie – We can’t forget the must have pie of the day. Check out this quick and easy version of the classic pumpkin pie.
• Pumpkin Pie Cake – Finally, here’s a dish to avoid pie overload. As a bonus, this simple cake, perfect for Thanksgiving, can be made gluten free.
Readers – What are your very favorite Thanksgiving dishes?
Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.