We’re Bringing the Turkey to The Communal Table: Thanksgiving Edition

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 16th, 2011

the communal table
Thanksgiving: It’s a holiday that requires a ton of preparation and can cause some stress, but in the end, we all love it and the memories make each moment worth it. Whether you have your recipes in order for the big day next week or you’re looking for some inspiration, we thought we would share some of the best offerings out there.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re kicking off the first annual Communal Table on Food Network, an event that we opened up to the entire food community. The response was outstanding — it blew us away. Experts from the industry were excited to “pull up a chair” to our table and offer readers their favorite recipes for appetizers, sides, salads, breads, mains, desserts and cocktails.

alton brown good eats roast turkeyWe’ve chosen to bring Alton’s Good Eats Roast Turkey to the table — a foolproof recipe that both novices and pros alike love. Alton uses simple aromatics like apples, onions, cinnamon, rosemary and sage to make his turkey the star. How does he keep it so juicy? He brines it with a solution of salt, brown sugar, vegetable stock, allspice berries, peppercorns and candied ginger.

We didn’t stop there. We’ve also asked our wine expert, Mark Oldman, to help pick the wines for the table. According to Mark, these three options would pair perfectly with Alton’s famous turkey:

  • American Sparkling Wine: An appropriately American bubbly, zesty enough to stoke the appetite while the bird cooks, but rich and fruity enough to enjoy well into the meal
  • Pinot Gris from Oregon: Floral and peachy to harmonize with the bird’s ginger and apple accents, but clean and refreshing on the finish
  • Chinon from France: A slingshot of cherry-cranberry and earth, lithe and bright enough to invigorate the table, even during those last, belly-busting bites of bird

See what our friends are bringing to the table and tell us what you would bring to the table on Twitter by using the hashtag: #pullupachair.

Cocktails, Appetizers, Salads and Breads:
Liquor.com: Thanksgiving Cocktails
The Kitchn: Goat Cheese Panna Cotta Topped With Canned Cranberry Jelly Cut-Outs
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Braided Biscuits
Epicurious: Chestnut and Sherry Soup
Yahoo! Shine: Spicy Caramelized Onion Jam With Goat Cheese
YumSugar: Kale and Chard Salad with Pomegranates and Hazelnuts
Whole Foods Market: Mixed Green Salad With Pears, Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese and Homemade Croutons

Mains:
FN Dish: Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey
Eatocracy: Country Ham With Pickled Peaches
BlogHer Food: Root Vegetable Pot Pie With Cheddar Biscuit Crust

Sides:
Cooking Light: Fennel, Sausage, and Caramelized Apple Stuffing
Bon Appetit: Maxine Rapoport’s Turkey Stuffing
EatingWell: Green Bean Casserole
Serious Eats: Ultra-Crispy Roasted Potatoes
Oprah.com: David Chang’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Asian Vinaigrette
Food Republic: Cavatappi With Fontina and Fall Vegetables
Healthy Eats: Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots
Saveur: Green Beans and Tomatoes
Diner’s Journal: Fiery Sweet Potatoes
Real Simple: Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots With Rosemary and Pecans
The Daily Meal: Bacon Brussels Sprouts
AP/ J.M. Hirsch: Ginger-Pear Cranberry Sauce
Food52: Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese
Food.com: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Food & Wine: Michael Symon’s Swiss Chard and Leek Gratin
All You: Sweet Potato Bake

Desserts:
The Blender/ Williams-Sonoma: Deep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel Pie
Southern Living: Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
Cooking Channel: Apple Bread Pudding
Fox News: Ginger Molasses Sugar Cookies
Gourmet Live: Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta
Melissa Clark: Sweet Potato Ginger Custard Pie
MyRecipes.com: White Chocolate Cheesecake With Cranberry Currant Compote

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Comments (32)

  1. marla says:

    Here are our mashed sweet potatoes for this FUN event :) http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/11/16/brow

  2. Here is my Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Sage Pesto for the event! http://www.dishinanddishes.com/2011/11/16/buttern

  3. @Mango_Queen says:

    What a fun event. Great idea for FN to put together a Communal Table and get the Food Community involved…because "together, we are strong!". We try to do an all-American basic roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. But now and then, the sides I prepare evolve into Asian-fusion. I'm making an EDAMAME -CHICKPEAS SIDE to go with the Roast Turkey. And as an Asian household, Jasmine Rice will be a staple. Also mixing up some Asian-fusion cocktails. Should be fun!

  4. Anne says:

    This is an awesome idea. I'd love to see it again for different holidays! Plus it's cool that you're helping generate clicks and eyeballs for some smaller sites.

    And, as always, I'll be making AB's turkey.

  5. Laura Leigh Goyer says:

    Such a cool idea! Here is my light, crisp, delicious puff pastry apple tart: http://anuneducatedpalate.com/2011/11/16/the-comm

  6. Mark says:

    It's not Thanksgiving without Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

  7. margaret says:

    i'am a veggie do you have an entree for me

  8. RJSpecial says:

    The Best way for a home maker to make sweet potatoes is canned yams in a oven pan with butter, brown sugar, one pack of 6 oz. red hots, and marshmellos on top. bake at 350 for 1 hour. they will be the best candied yams you will ever eat.

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  10. Rebecca says:

    How do you get your green bean casserole to be thicker and not runny?

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