Red Potato Slices With Lemon and Olives, one option for a gluten-free Thanksgiving. (Renee Comet for The Washington Post)

Apple-Brined Turkey With Herbs. This recipe from our former Gastronomer, Andreas Viestad, uses apple juice to tenderize the turkey and brown the skin.

Basic Winter Squash Puree. Use the winter squash you picked up at the grocery store or farmers market for this autumn dish.

Escarole and Celery Heart Salad With Warm Rosemary Dressing. The warm dressing softens the escarole.

Orange-Ginger Cranberries. This quick condiment can be made up to three days in advance.

Pumpkin Caramel Pudding. Crust? Who needs crust? Everyone will be too distracted by the cascade of caramel to miss it.

Red Potato Slices With Lemon and Olives. Try this dish if you prefer your potatoes unmashed.

Wild Rice and Quinoa Pilaf With Toasted Pecans and Dried Cranberries. A festive, hearty side that is another candidate for advance prep.

More Thanksgiving recipes:

Thanksgiving leftover ideas, by ingredient

Turkey: recipes for roasting, smoking and glazing

Mashed potatoes: easy Thanksgiving recipes

Green beans: Casseroles and other recipes

Holiday Guide 2011