Let’s talk about your Thanksgiving eating game plan. On most tables you’ll find many, many foods rich in starch and fat, so you need to strategize the best way to build that perfect plate — you know, for the ‘gram — but still have room for pie and grilled kielbasa later that night. (Grilling kielbasa to enjoy on Thanksgiving night is a thing that some people do. Yes, it is as wonderful as it sounds.)

Scattered in the Thanksgiving offerings there are bound to be rolls or bread of some sort. We urge you not to eat them with your meal; they offer you nothing but stolen stomach real estate and you are pretty much guaranteed to regret it later.

Instead, make one of these bread recipes, put a serving on your plate if you must, but then save it for later so that you know you have a vehicle on which to pile leftover turkey, cranberry sauce and slaw.

There, aren’t you glad we had this discussion?

Sweet Potato Rolls, above. Soft, tender rolls with a golden hue that is perfect for the holiday. You can make them in a stand mixer, but the dough is very easy to knead by hand. For another lovely and tender crumb, try Grandma Webster’s Dinner Rolls.



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Challah for a Crowd. The appealing tenderness of challah, but baked up like Parker House rolls. Another benefit to these: If you have more leftovers than you care to turn into sandwiches, you can make French toast with them instead!



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Honey Molasses Wheat BreadGood for a last-minute bread emergency — it mixes up fast in one bowl and uses baking powder and baking soda rather than yeast. It also stores well (for up to five days!) and makes excellent toast . . . which you could then pile high with leftovers.



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Rosemary Biscuits. The herb complements the flavors on your holiday table. We know the headnote says they are best served the day they’re made, and that’s true unless you plan on cutting the biscuits in half, toasting them in a skillet with a little butter, and turning then turning them into mini sandwiches.



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Honey Whole-Grain Mini Corn Muffins. If you’re determined to have bread with your meal, make it miniature. These little bites offer texture and a hint of sweetness. They would not make great sandwiches, unless your turkey is also tiny.

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