Dorie Greenspan’s Holiday Kuri Squash and Apple Soup is a perfect make-ahead dish. (Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)
Most of us probably would call the theme of our Thanksgiving meal “cobbled together” — you know, a mix of old favorites, new dishes and a bunch of things in between.
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You probably don’t have enough kitchen space to do all of your Thanksgiving cooking on Thursday, so it’s important to cross at least a few dishes off the list before Turkey Day arrives.
Dorie Greenspans’ Holiday Kuri Squash and Apple Soup
Cranberry and Fig Sauce
Turkey Breast Stuffed With Pears, Fennel and Hazelnuts
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
Pumpkin-Caramel Tart With Toasted Hazelnut Crust
So you forgot Thanksgiving was coming up. It happens. Not to worry, however: These recipes can be made before company arrives, and your guests will be none the wiser.
Oysters Gin and Tonic. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)
Oysters Gin and Tonic
Cream Soda Butternut Squash
Herb-Crusted Roast (Butterflied) Turkey
Thanksgiving is a holiday of excess, but that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard with elaborate ingredients and kitchen techniques. You can’t go wrong with these simple, sure-thing dishes.
Celery, Walnut and Pecorino Salad. (Renee Comet for The Washington Post)
Celery, Walnut and Pecorino Salad
Basic Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans With Lemon Zest
Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Pam Ginsberg’s No-Fuss Roast Turkey
Dorie Greenspan’s Custardy Apple Squares
For a twist on some classic Thanksgiving fare, try these alternative yet still holiday-appropriate recipes.
Olive Oil Biscuits
Arugula and Grapefruit Salad
Beet-Sweet Potato Packets With Goat Cheese Cream
Cranberry-Gingersnap Ice Cream Pie. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)
Cranberry-Gingersnap Ice Cream Pie
These more-than-classic Thanksgiving recipes are steeped in Americana, many with ties to the White House.
Grover Cleveland Parsnip Fritters. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel)
Grover Cleveland Parsnip Fritters
Cracklin’ Corn Bread
Cranberries Cooked in Honey
Rich, Velvety Potato Puree
Annelie’s Cinnamon-y Sweet Potatoes
Laura Bush’s Green Beans With Anchovy Butter
White House Thyme-Roasted Turkey
Mamie Eisenhower’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
You don’t need to be expecting a big crowd to eat well on Thanksgiving. These recipes are perfect for a party of two.
Broccolini Salad With Gorgonzola and Pistachios
Crab Salad on Kohlrabi
Apple Cider-Glazed Turkey Kebabs
Mashed Potatoes With Tuscan Kale. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; dinnerware from Crate and Barrel)
Mashed Potatoes With Tuscan Kale
Contrary to popular belief, meat is not a Thanksgiving prerequisite. These dishes are a delicious alternative.
Roasted Sunchoke and Celery Root Soup
Moroccan-Style Carrot and Beet Salad
Kale and Butternut Squash Gratin
Tamari-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Vegetarian Roast Beast. (Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post)
Vegetarian Roast Beast
Garam Masala Pumpkin Tart
These vegan recipes are worth a place on any Thanksgiving table.
Fennel, Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad
Squash and Apple Puree
Corn Bread Apple “Sausage” Stuffing
Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Chimichurri and Almonds. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)
Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Chimichurri and Almonds
Mushroom and Stout Potpies With Sweet Potato Crusts
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Looking for a lighter Thanksgiving? These recipes are on the healthier side, without sacrificing flavor.
Brussels Sprouts California Style
Sugar Snap Peas With Cranberry-Apple Cider Sauce. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)
Sugar Snap Peas With Cranberry-Apple Cider Sauce
Sweet Potato Casserole (a Makeover)
Salt-Encrusted Turkey Breast
Baked Ricotta Custards
Everyone has a favorite recipe or two that they’re happy to make year after year. These are some of ours.
Cranberry Sauce Mold
Fifteen-Layer Potato Gratin
Balsamic Pearl Onions
Hazelnut and Sausage Stuffing
Julia and Jacques’ Deconstructed Turkey With Corn Bread Stuffing and Gravy
Persian-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)
Persian-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie
Tiny Tim Cranberry Tarts
Fluffy Pumpkin Buttermilk Pie