Thanksgiving Roundup: Recipes and “How To” Tips

Thanksgiving is almost here! I look forward to Thanksgiving the way the cast of Jersey Shore looks forward to a spray tan, and as such, I’ve been scouring the web for delicious recipes and “how to” tips to make this year’s dinner absolutely amazing. Let’s get to it:


If there’s one thing we need to get right on Thanksgiving, it’s the turkey. Oh, the pressure! But fear not – here’s a great video from Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg on how to cook the perfect turkey:



While turkey is the most celebrated star of Thanksgiving, in my mind the stuffing is really where it’s at. I start looking forward to stuffing around July … and by now, 7 days away from Thanksgiving, my craving is nearing fever pitch. Bring me stuffing or bring me death!

Here are some of the stuffing recipes that sparked my interest this year:

Sausage and Herb Stuffing

Apple, Cranberry and Turkey Sausage Stuffing

Savory Cornbread Stuffing



Last year I made cranberry sauce from scratch for the first time, and what I learned was this: it’s incredibly easy, you can make it several days in advance, and friends and family are somehow more impressed that you made a bowl of cranberry sauce than the entire turkey. This year, in addition to the basic cranberry sauce I made last year, I’m going to make another, more creative batch. Here are some ideas:

Cranberry with orange zest

Cranberry sauce with dates and orange

Gravy! Once again it’s Hosea to the rescue. Here he shows us how to make lump-free gravy, or as I like to call it, “awesome sauce”.



In my family we make a ton of side dishes for the big meal – it seems as though every year we find yet another delicious dish we can’t do without. Here are a few of the recipes that will be getting my vote this year. We might need to buy a side table to put them all on. Ha!

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Maple Squash

Spiced Glazed Carrots with Sherry and Citrus

Green Beans with Fennel

Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash

Your quest for perfect mashed potatoes ends here, thanks to this video from Working Class Foodies (which also includes how to make sweet potato gnocchi!).


More Pie, Please

What’s Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? (And is anyone else now singing “What?” by Tribe Called Quest?) One year, right after my brother had been born and my parents were totally sleep deprived, my dad forgot to add the sugar to the pumpkin pie. I do not recommend this. It was… so gross. There are no words.

So, instead of giving you my “family recipe”, we’ll turn to Martha Stewart (who else?) for a classic pumpkin pie recipe. Yum!

If you’re looking for something a little outside of the box, here’s an apple pie recipe with Mexican Brown Sugar – it looks amazing.

Is this the year you’re finally going to make your own pie crust from scratch? If so, this video from Howdini will definitely help:


That sums up our Thanksgiving Roundup – unless you have a recipe you’d like to share. If so, please post it in the comments!

Hope your Thanksgiving holiday is filled with friends, family and of course… great food.