Thanksgiving. It’s a day we set aside to remind ourselves just how thankful we are for all the blessings we enjoy. It’s a time when friends and family gather around the dinner table to partake of a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings.
Ever since the legendary encounter between the Pilgrims and Native Americans, countless families have tried to fashion the perfect Thanksgiving feast. But let’s be honest. Serving a memorable Thanksgiving dinner isn’t easy. It involves a lot of preparation and planning.
Executing a successful Thanksgiving is all about the cooking. And the key to that is a great recipe. Fortunately, there are hundreds of recipes that give you step-by-step instructions on everything from cooking the moistest and most flavorful turkey to mouth-watering side dishes and delectable desserts.
Your Recipe For Thanksgiving Success
But why go through all the effort of researching some of the best recipes on the web when we’ve done the work for you? It’s all right here in our exclusive Volkswagen of Gainesville guide to cooking the best Thanksgiving meal ever. It’s a soup-to-nuts catalog of some of the most savory Thanksgiving recipes you’ll find. Bon Appetit!
- Garlic & Herb Roasted Turkey
Turkey is the star of the show, and this simple recipe will put your culinary skills in the spotlight as you serve up a bird that’s both juicy and delicious. Get this recipe at http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a44466/garlic-and-herb-roasted-turkey/
- Ranch-Seasoned Roast Turkey
It’s amazing what a couple of packets of ranch seasoning mix can do to transform a holiday turkey from ordinary to “extraordinary.” Find the recipe at http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/thanksgiving/recipes/a44733/ranch-turkey-recipe-best-thanksgiving-turkey-rub/
- Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes With Bacon
Your friends will applaud this uniquely southern twist on a classic sweet potato side dish. The orange juice gives the dish a bit of extra sweetness, and the bacon adds a savory note. It’s also super-easy to prepare in the slow cooker. What’s not to love? Find out how to make it at http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/thanksgiving-dinner-side-dishes
- Roasted Vegetable Salad With Apple Cider
This healthy salad is bursting with zesty flavor and is a breeze to prepare. You can make the dish’s apple cider vinaigrette ahead of time. Using seasonal vegetable sources locally makes this salad extra special. Find it at http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/thanksgiving-dinner-side-dishes/roasted-vegetable-salad-apple-cider-vinaigrette-image
- Chef John’s Make-Ahead Turkey Wing Gravy
We share this easy-to-prepare gravy from Chef John of allrecipes.com. Because you prepare it ahead of time, you save precious time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. Watch Chef John’s video and get the recipe on how to make it at http://allrecipes.com/video/2630/chef-johns-make-ahead-turkey-gravy/
- Classic Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Time is of the essence when you are scrambling to prepare your Thanksgiving meal. This easy and delicious make-ahead mashed potato recipe from Marty Rummel of Trout Lake, Washington helps to give you more time in the kitchen to get it all together. Learn Marty’s secret at http://cdn1.tmbi.com/TOH/Images/Photos/37/300×300/exps41278_THCA163696B03_04_5b.jpg
- Italian Sausage & Bread Stuffing
This savory take on stuffing by Gina Enriquez of epicurious.com will turn your holiday stuffing from “bland” to “grand.” Check out the recipe at http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Italian-Sausage-and-Bread-Stuffing-240559
- Cabernet-Cranberry Sauce With Figs
A delicious cranberry sauce is one of the most important accompaniments to your Thanksgiving table. So why make it hum-drum when you can serve up this sophisticated and unique cranberry sauce infused with the flavors of Cabernet? Find out how at http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cabernet-Cranberry-Sauce-with-Figs-51138020
- Pumpkin Cheesecake With Marshmallow Sour Cream Topping
Finish off your fantastic Thanksgiving feast with a unique twist on dessert. This scrumptious pumpkin cheesecake should be made ahead of time so it can chill before being served. Learn how to make it at http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pumpkin-Cheesecake-with-Marshmallow-Sour-Cream-Topping-and-Gingersnap-Crust-350478
- The Great Pumpkin Pie
Even Linus and Snoopy will admit that this Great Pumpkin Pie recipe from pumpkin pie aficionado Sally’s Baking Addiction is to-die-for. Let Sally show you how to make it at http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/10/26/the-great-pumpkin-pie-recipe/
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