With the holiday season looming close, there are a multitude of reasons why it's time to dig deep and find some killer appetizers to pull out of your pocket. But this year, for various reasons (among them, health, budget, and more sustainable eating), there are sure to be at least a few partygoers who are passing on the poultry, meat, and seafood this year. Thankfully, we've got an array of vegetarian options so superb that no one will be missing out on the meat at all! For a sampling of stellar veggie-forward starter ideas, keep reading.
Sure, you've got Thanksgiving recipes that are never to be messed with (mom's secret gravy, for instance). But every now and then, we love the idea of chucking tradition for unique dishes that bring that wow factor to the table. Sides are a great way to do that, because, let's be real, sometimes mashed potatoes deserve an upgrade. Ahead, check out 10 of our favorites and incorporate them into your recipe arsenal this holiday!
Thanksgiving's only 18 days away, and if you haven't started planning yet, it's time to start hammering out the details. Regardless of what you're serving on Turkey Day, one thing's for certain: if you plan everything in advance, the big day will be smooth and stress-free.
This year, we're set on you having the most memorable and successful holiday ever, and we've created the ultimate planner to help you out. Keep scrolling to download our free (and printer-friendly) planner, and you're one step closer to hosting a fabulous feast.
This year, don't spend countless hours deliberating over what should go into your Thanksgiving food spread only to overlook what you'll be drinking; after all, the wines served can make or break your turkey day feast.
For the ultimate holiday food and wine pairing guide, we consulted wine expert Eugenio Jardim, who offered his favorite accompaniments for every classic dish, from mashed potatoes and gravy to pumpkin pie. Want to be sure this year's your best Thanksgiving ever? Then keep reading for some of Eugenio's suggestions.
Every year at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, there's at least one thing we absolutely have to come home and hack. Last year it was the Chipotle chili, and this year, it's undoubtedly the Garden Variety Margarita developed by mixologist Jason Mendenhall of The Wayland.
Consisting of blanco tequila, lime juice, agave, ginger and kale juices, and a smoked chili salt rim, this green juice margarita makes kale juice extremely palatable. The tequila tones down and complements the bitter-spicy flavors of the kale and ginger, and the chili salt . . . well, let's just say you may find yourself licking the smoky blend clean off the glass. Salud to beginning and ending the day with green juice!
When it comes to planning an epic undertaking like Thanksgiving, it can be easy to get bogged down in the details. While it's great to bookmark recipes that catch your eye along the way or gravitate toward longtime family favorites, it's important to consider the larger picture, as well. Keep these basic ideas in mind when planning your Turkey Day.
How many guests do you expect?
This number dictates how large a turkey to buy, how many sides to make (and whether any need to be doubled), the amount of alcohol to purchase, and how many place settings and chairs to plan for. Also, consider whether or not you'd like ample leftovers or if you can do without. If children will be present, a good rule of thumb is to consider their appetite as half that of an adult's.
How formal a meal do you want?
Will you and yours be dressed to the nines, eating off of fine china, or is a down-home buffet more your speed? Consider whether a potluck affair or asking guests to bring a bottle of wine or other necessities will ease the burden as well. Not only does the formality of the meal set the tone for place settings and decor, but it also may dictate the dishes you'll prepare.
Being bogged down with a stream of adjectives and bizarre flavor comparisons doesn't help sell a wine's deliciousness. That's why when we popped the corks to every Pinot Noir we had in house, we wanted to keep things simple — only the seven best and only a seven-word description of each wine. Forget the fruity. Begone, body talk. Cheers to seven words so you can stop reading and start wine drinking!
2010 Trinity Oaks Napa Pinot Noir
Popcorn and fatty foods benefit from campfire-like 2010 Trinity Oaks Napa Pinot Noir ($9).
2011 Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir
Inducing happy beach dancing, 2011 Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir ($15) embodies coastal minerality.
This recipe can be prepped ahead of time; just add the fresh citrus juice and carbonated water right before serving on ice.
Ice, cubed and crushed
5 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
5 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 ounces St. Germain elderflower liqueur
10 ounces Cocchi Americano
10 ounces Glen Grant 10-Year Speyside Scotch
8 dashes orange bitters, such as Bitter Truth
8 dashes aromatic bitters, such as Bitter Truth
5 ounces soda water
5 to 6 lemon wheels, for garnish
- Fill a punch bowl with equal parts cubed and crushed ice. Measure in fresh-squeezed citrus juices, St. Germain liqueur, Cocchi Americano, and Scotch whisky; stir until well combined. Add orange and aromatic bitters, followed by soda water. Mix once more, and garnish with lemon wheels. Serve immediately.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- 10 4-ounce servings
Part of the joy of Thanksgiving is cooking family recipes, but there's always room on the table for new dishes, revamped classics, and even a few (gasp) healthy items to nourish your vegan cousin. Whatever you're looking to bring to the table this Thanksgiving — tips from the latest cookbook release, a go-to source for classic dishes, or even help planning the menu — here are five cookbooks to fit your needs this season.
It might sound odd, but this festive Fall take on a classic Cuban cocktail — the mojito — is wonderfully balanced and quite refreshing. The pumpkin doesn't overpower the drink; instead, it enhances the flavor of the rum, mint, and lime. Since rum is the only spirit, select a high-quality one like Pusser's dark rum. To give this cocktail a try, keep reading.