A Classic Thanksgiving Menu with Tasteful Twists

Thanksgiving menu 2015 (Wendy Goodfriend)

Whether you want to stick to the classics, or mix things up this year, we’ve got you covered with all-new recipes to make your Thanksgiving feast amazing. Start off with a velvety butternut squash and apple soup, but make sure to leave room for the star of the show: a perfectly roasted traditional turkey braised with butter and herbs. Serve it up with savory mushroom stuffing, a decadent Brussels sprouts gratin studded with bacon, and honey-roasted root vegetables. Buttery sweet potato dinner rolls and a sweet-tangy cranberry apple chutney will round out the meal. But don’t think we’d leave you without the most classic of all Thanksgiving desserts: custardy pumpkin maple pie with plenty of whipped cream!

Thanksgiving Starter: Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Ginger
Start your Thanksgiving meal off right with this velvety soup made from seasonal butternut squash, tart apples, spicy ginger, and a dash of cream.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Homemade Thanksgiving: Classic Dry-Brined and Butter-Basted Roast Turkey with Herbs
Looking for the best recipe for a succulent and impressive roast turkey? Look no further than this simple-to-prepare bird and wow your guests this holiday.

Dry-Brined Herbed Roast Turkey.
Dry-Brined Herbed Roast Turkey. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Homemade Thanksgiving: Wild Mushroom, Shallot, and Sourdough Stuffing with Herbs
Earthy, savory bread stuffing that’s good enough to eat all on its own? That’s what we want on our Thanksgiving table.

Wild Mushroom, Shallot, and Sourdough Stuffing with Herbs.
Wild Mushroom, Shallot, and Sourdough Stuffing with Herbs. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Creamy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Gratin with Shallots and Gruyère
Flecked with bacon and oozing with Gruyère cheese, Brussels sprouts have never been so extravagantly presented as in this over-the-top gratin. A perfect accompaniment to any winter holiday meal.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyere.
Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon and Gruyere. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Roast Carrots and Parsnips with Honey and Thyme
This simple Thanksgiving side dish makes the most of colorful seasonal root vegetables.

Roast Carrots and Parsnips with Honey and Thyme.
Roast Carrots and Parsnips with Honey and Thyme. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Homemade Thanksgiving: Soft and Buttery Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
Complete your Thanksgiving feast with these buttery dinner rolls made with smashed sweet potatoes.

Soft and Buttery Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls.
Soft and Buttery Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Sweet and Tangy Cranberry-Apple Chutney
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce in some guise. This tangy version is excellent alongside turkey and all the trimmings.

Sweet and Tangy Cranberry-Apple Chutney.
Sweet and Tangy Cranberry-Apple Chutney. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Thanksgiving Dessert: Classic Spiced Maple Pumpkin Pie
Sweet custardy pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream is the traditional favorite for dessert following a Thanksgiving Day feast. You’ll want to save room for this one.

Classic Spiced Maple Pumpkin Pie
Classic Spiced Maple Pumpkin Pie (Wendy Goodfriend)

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