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Holiday Recipes Roundup: Thanksgiving

The interwebs are aflutter with recipes and resources for Thanksgiving. Umami Girl, having read a surprising number of them, helps you find the best of the best.

stuffing-1I don’t know whether you all are starting to take me seriously or what (and if so, I would strongly caution you), but I’ve gotten a tremendous number of requests for Thanksgiving menu advice this year. We’re also hosting Thanksgiving for the first time ever. (See what I mean about taking me seriously?) So just like in prior years, I’ve pored over November magazines, immersed myself in blogs and newspapers, smeared newsprint on my face like war paint, and hit the test kitchen countless times. Unlike years past, when my only excuse for this behavior was that I am just so gay for Thanksgiving, this time I have a couple of pretty solid reasons and a write-up to prove it.

Unlike the typical posts around here, I haven’t tested quite all of these recipes, though I have tested many, and some are mine. However, I’ve only drawn from sources I would trust with my own Thanksgiving table, and I’ve read carefully and repeatedly before posting. With so many great-looking recipes out there and familial expectations that certain traditional dishes will make an appearance, I’ve chosen just a few of my favorites to highlight here. We’ll be hitting this list pretty hard ourselves next week.

If you have any tried-and-true Thanksgiving favorites you’d like to share, please add them in the comments! We’d love to give them a try.

Menu Planning Tools and Advice

It’s amazing how much general T’givin knowledge is out there on the web—almost too much to be helpful. These are a few of my favorites.

Cocktails and Wine

Whether you’re gathering with family or friends, there’s always a reason to be thankful for drinkies.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

  • Just kidding, I don’t give much thought to these beyond turning on the tap

Hors d’Ouevres

On Thanksgiving, no one wants to fill up before the main event, but it’s best not to have your loved ones keeling over (or worse, dipping their phalanges in the gravy boat) while you finish mashing the potatoes. These hors d’oeuvres are festive but relatively light so they won’t get in your way and, with any luck, neither will your guests. The recipes that use precious oven space can all be made in advance.



Turkey and Gravy

Vegetarian Main Dishes



Green & Cruciferous Vegetables

Root Vegetables and Squash

Condiments and Breads

Gluten-Free Recipes



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