Planning a Thanksgiving feast can be a daunting task, to say the least. First order of business is deciding on the menu. But where to start? To take the guesswork out of matters and get those creative juices flowing, we've curated six fabulous menus for you to choose from (and even mix and match). From a meatless vegetarian feast to a fast and easy dinner that doesn't skimp on flavor, here you'll find something for everyone.
Want to add some flair to the same old Thanksgiving dinner table? This year, channel your inner Southern belle and conjure up the romance of the Deep South with the likes of mint juleps, Carriage House biscuits, and whiskey bundt cake. Keep reading for more.
This unusual cocktail caught our attention because, unlike other cocktails, it's a sparkler that doesn't call for Champagne. Instead, it makes use of cognac and sparkling apple cider — and what could be more seasonal than that? The result is soft, aromatic, and complex, a surprising outcome for a cocktail with only three ingredients.
This drink's not heavy on the alcohol. If you feel so inclined, fortify it by replacing sparkling apple cider with hard cider instead. To pour your guests a glass this holiday, read more.
It should come as no surprise that we love Thanksgiving around here. With the amazing all-American holiday just around the corner, it's time to start planning that menu. While every family has its favorite go-to recipes full of love and tradition, mixing things up with a few of these delicious dishes will only help make this Thanksgiving the best yet. Be prepared to take away some novel inspiration after clicking through these 15 Thanksgiving recipes.
— Additional reporting by Susannah Chen
There are countless things to be grateful for, but let's face it: the best way to be thankful on Turkey Day is to kick back, bond, and have a drink (or three) with loved ones. To take Thanksgiving entertaining to the next level, match your courses with deserving wines, and start off with cocktail hour. Don't forget to refill your ice trays, because we've got 10 tipples that are guaranteed to be magnificent with your meal.
Just because Summer is long gone doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying sangria. Depending on the ingredients you employ, the wine-based punch can be sipped all year round. Instead of using warm-weather fruits like strawberries and peaches, this sangria is infused with Fall's most woody herb, sage. The recipe is simple, but the resulting drink is complex and earthy, perfect for sipping in front of a roaring fire. Honey adds a subtle sweetness and the sage makes this concoction an ideal pairing for any autumnal dinner. Want the easy recipe? Keep reading.
Thanksgiving typically involves appetizers, a cornucopia of vegetables cooked every which way, a huge turkey, stuffing, and inevitably some kind of pie. Factor in the reality that most of these items require oven cooking, and you might just have a stressful oven situation on your hands.
So how does one avoid an oven jam while making sure all of the day's dishes are done at the same time? The key is to keep in mind how much oven space there is to work with and to adjust the menu accordingly. Here are a few more pointers.
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, two glorious holidays, will never fall together on the same day again in our lifetime, so the day deserves a blowout menu, full of insanely delicious hybrid recipes. From challah bread rolls to sweet potato latkes to pumpkin sufganiyot with cranberry jam filling — these dishes will please even the most ornery Jewish grandmother.
For an addictive, crowd-pleasing snack that takes next to no time to master, turn to sweet and salty spiced nuts. Our wholesome, warming recipe for rosemary and sesame seed pecans is not only versatile, but also guaranteed to leave your house smelling like fragrant rosemary and pine. We love serving this cozy snack straight out of the oven, and it also doubles as a thoughtful hostess gift. Print out the recipe, and then watch the video to see more.
Think drinking Scotch is something reserved for snifters and grandpa's living room? Think again. Lucia Gonzales, bartender at Prizefighter in Emeryville, CA, and whiskey ambassador for Campari America's Women & Whiskies, demonstrates how to make a Scotch-based punch for the holidays that's sure to please both aficionados and newbies alike. Watch on for more helpful punch-making tips, then get the recipe.