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The Essential Thanksgiving Menu of Easy Classics - Thanksgiving Menus

The Essential Thanksgiving Menu of Easy Classics - Thanksgiving Menus
From The Kitchn - November 8, 2017

Whether you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or the 10th time, you can never go wrong with the classics. These recipes are the tried-and-true dishes served again and again, becoming well-loved family favorites by many. From roast turkey and gravy, to stuffing and cranberry sauce, here is your essential menu for a classic Thanksgiving dinner.

The Menu + A Few Tips

This menu is complete with all the traditional dishes that come to mind when you think of Thanksgiving dinnereverything from the turkey with stuffing and gravy right down to the apple and pumpkin pies. It's designed to be a classic meal, with easy, straightforward recipes.

What to Drink

The best approach to Thanksgiving beverages is to keep it simple. A few bottles of wine, even dry cider, along with some pitchers of water on the table should do it. As for what wines to pair with your turkey (we are fans of white Bordeaux, Beaujolais, and Pinot Noir), there's truthfully there's no right or wrong answer and it really all comes down to what you and your guests enjoy.

The Turkey and Gravy

The turkey, in all its roasted glory, will be the centerpiece of your table, and it hardly feels complete without a bowl of savory gravy for drizzling.

How To Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method: This is a simple and straightforward, no-frills method for roasting a turkey, and it's the one I have been using for years. It makes for a turkey with wonderfully crispy skin, and tender, succulent meat.

How To Make Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving: This gravy comes together quickly. After the turkey comes out of the oven, you use the drippings from the bird. But if you want to get a head start, you can also make the gravy in advance.

The Side Dishes

The turkey might be the centerpiece of the meal, but the side dishes are arguably the very best part of Thanksgiving. These are the much-loved classics that always have a place at this holiday meal.

How To Make the Very Best Thanksgiving Stuffing: Technically bread dressing, this classic version tastes of savory herbs and onion (similar to classic Stove Top from a box)in a way that is quintessentially Thanksgiving.

Dessert

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