Thanksgiving comes along but once a year, so you’d better make the most of this great American holiday that hinges on eating all that is good. If your goal is to make it to the pumpkin pie without losing your cool, start the day with a sensible eating plan so you don’t reach capacity before the feast even begins.
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On Thanksgiving Day it’s all about getting the most done with the least amount of stress. And saving space in the oven, which is at a premium on turkey day, with these stovetop recipes can do just that. (Besides, if your house is like mine, you’ll have your hands full setting up the Thanksgiving Bingo game.)
Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots
It’s the best mix of old-school flavor and updated ideas about nutrition.
Buttery mashed potatoes and gravy; rich, cheesy casseroles; creamy pumpkin pies … there’s no shortage of indulgences come the holidays, and we haven’t even entered Christmas cookie season yet. While these decadent dishes are called for at this time of year, it’s no surprise that you may be craving a bit of balance in your meals. That’s where this healthy recipe comes in.
Ready to eat in only 25 quick minutes, Food Network Kitchen’s Garden Egg Salad is a better-for-you take on traditionally heavy egg salad. By swapping in low-fat mayonnaise and mixing in fresh celery and crunchy radishes, this mustard-laced salad features all of the textures and flavors you crave, but it’s not simply made lighter. Bonus: Opt for romaine lettuce leaves instead of the traditional bread when serving up this fuss-free lunch.
According to Alex Guarnaschelli, “Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving unless everything is bathed in gravy.” And we don’t disagree. But given the rush of last-minute turkey carving, the warming of countless side dishes and the process of getting your whole family seated ahead of the feast, it can be tricky to devote the necessary time to turning out a silky gravy right before dinner is served. That’s where this go-to trick comes in. Believe it or not, you don’t need turkey drippings to make a winning gravy. The secret ingredient to be used instead? Oil.
Click the play button on the video below to see how it’s done.
No matter how many side dishes you’ve prepared or how lovely your tablescape may be on Thanksgiving, when it’s finally time for dinner on turkey day, your friends and family will be looking for, well, the turkey. This year, guarantee your juiciest, most-impressive bird yet with the help of the cast of The Kitchen. On this morning’s brand-new episode, the co-hosts shared a trio of holiday-worthy turkey recipes for both classic and creative takes on the traditional bird. Check out their picks below, then hear from all five co-hosts as they offer tried-and-true Thanksgiving hacks.
By cooking the turkey in pieces, as opposed to cooking a full, intact bird, Jeff Mauro guarantees his Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey takes far less time to cook than a roasted turkey usually would. He dry brines the turkey with a salt rub, then roasts it with fresh celery, onion and garlic, as well as plenty of butter, for top taste.
Here at Food Network, Thanksgiving means turkey — a whole lot of turkey. In the weeks leading up to our favorite Thursday of the year, we’re knee-deep in recipes, videos and new techniques about the feast’s headliner. All the while, we know it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the sides (and lots of them). Without stuffing, mashed potatoes and the whole nine yards, your family’s holiday dinner simply wouldn’t be complete. That’s why we’re running down the list of the top-five favorite sides — from Ina Garten, Bobby Flay and more star chefs — that belong on your table.
When Ina serves Brussels sprouts as a part of her Thanksgiving menu, she transforms them into a sophisticated and indulgent treat. Her Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts are joined by salty, crispy pancetta and roasted under high heat until they reach crispy caramelization; she finishes the side with a drizzle of syrupy balsamic vinegar.
On this week’s episode, our young Chopped Junior contestants got into the holiday swing of things with Thanksgiving-inspired mystery baskets. So with pumpkin pie spice and rainbow carrots in mind, we threw together a fun autumnal hummus that kids can enjoy as a side or main dish for lunch.
It’s cranberry season! Very soon now, those ubiquitous tart, little red berries will undoubtedly be making their way to your Thanksgiving table. Cranberry sauce is one of the most-beloved holiday flavors, and it is part of nearly everyone’s menu. But for many people, cranberry sauce is often an afterthought that’s usually uncreative and never a showstopper — just a box to check off in the “must have” category.
But cranberries are beautiful, delicious and so much more versatile than you think. Why not give your regular recipe an upgrade this year? Here are some great ideas for fresh cranberries. Read more
A steamy mug of hot cocoa is inarguably the best way to counter the cold weather. Though you could go the store-bought route and swirl powdered hot cocoa mix into hot water or milk, going the extra mile and making your own chocolatey blend from scratch is totally worth it. Get our top homemade hot chocolate recipes for sipping all winter long.
Food Network Kitchen’s Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is one festively minty recipe that you shouldn’t wait until the holidays are in full swing to savor. It’s made and served all in one pot, and it’s thickened and enriched with dark chocolate.
Pies are the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert. But that doesn’t mean you can’t showcase fall flavors like pumpkin, pecan and apple in other sweets as well. Think outside the pie crust and take your turkey-day dessert spread to the next level this year with inspired holiday cakes, cupcakes and cookies.