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Our Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Home cooks from across the country share their best Thanksgiving recipes. Celebrate with Taste of Home Thanksgiving recipes like slow-roasted turkey, mouth-puckering cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and more.

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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

My family loves gravy, so I can never have enough of this make-ahead turkey gravy recipe on hand for a holiday dinner. The base is prepared with turkey wings and can be prepped in advance. —Linda Fitzsimmons, Fort Edward, New York

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Honey-Glazed Turkey

Even during the holidays, my husband wouldn’t eat turkey…until I tried this Thanksgiving recipe. Now, he loves it! The sweet and spicy turkey glaze gives the bird a wonderful flavor. —Mary Smolka, Spring Grove, Illinois

Loving these holiday mains? Discover our best Thanksgiving sides.

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Duo Tater Bake

I made this creamy and comforting Thanksgiving recipe and it was a winner with my family. They said to be sure to include it at every holiday dinner. It’s a keeper! —Joan McCulloch, Abbotsford, British Columbia
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Chocolate Caramel Pumpkin Torte Exps Pcbbz20 129890 B03 10 5b 4

Chocolate-Caramel Pumpkin Torte

I'm pretty proud to say this is one of my first experiments in the kitchen that turned out "to-die-for" delicious. The key is to let the cake cool completely before cutting and assembling with the frostings. —Lauren Brennan, Hood River, Oregon
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Cranberry Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce

To make this light and airy Thanksgiving recipe, work quickly and handle the dough as little as possible. You’ll be pleased with the resulting pillowy dumplings. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan
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Special Roast Turkey

Before putting my turkey in the oven, I pour on a savory sauce that adds a pleasant citrus-soy flavor and helps hold the other seasonings I like to sprinkle on the roast. Turkey can be easily roasted with the giblets in the same pan. The giblets can be added later to the savory gravy sauce. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

Why fight over whether cake or pie is better when you can combine the two to make this Chocolate Pecan Piecaken Thanksgiving recipe? —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
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Cranberry Ambrosia Salad

My paternal grandmother used to make this for Christmas dinner. I'm not sure how many batches she made since there were nearly 50 aunts, uncles and cousins in our family. I still make the recipe in memory of her, and it's still as good as I remember. —Janet Hurley, Shell Rock, Iowa
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Slow Cooker Mushroom Potatoes

This versatile Thanksgiving recipe jazzes up sliced potatoes with mushrooms, onions, canned soup and cheese. Its comforting flavor makes it a nice accompaniment to most meats. —Linda Bernard, Golden Meadow, Louisiana
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Pecan Pie Cookies

My family loves pecans. In fact, we have pecan pie at Thanksgiving and this pecan pie cookies recipe at Christmas! —Julie McQuiston, Bradenton, Florida
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Classic Stuffed Turkey

For years, my mother has made this moist stuffed turkey recipe. Now, I do the same thing. This Thanksgiving recipe nicely compliments the tender, juicy slices of oven-roasted turkey. —Kathi Graham, Naperville, Illinois
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Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup

This cranberry sauce with maple syrup recipe is simple, quick and a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe. It’s delicious as a garnish for turkey or other meat entrees. I’ll often make a double batch so we have extra to spread on toast or even use as a topping on desserts. —Rebecca Israel, Mansfield, Pennsylvania
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Roasted Fall Vegetables

I love serving this Thanksgiving recipe. The cayenne pepper lends zippy flavor that’s not overpowering. —Juli Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia
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The Best Sweet Potato Pie

I love this Thanksgiving recipe’s rich sweet potato flavor and irresistibly buttery crust. Sour cream makes the filling super smooth, and the brown sugar and spices make it extra cozy. There’s no doubt that this is the best sweet potato pie! —Shannon Norris, Cudahy, Wisconsin
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Quick Green Beans with Bacon

Green beans with bacon and onions makes such an easy Thanksgiving recipe. Fresh beans lend a crisp, bright flavor to any meal. They’re best when served hot. —Mari Anne Warren, Milton, Wisconsin
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Herbed Rubbed Turkey

Rubs really have a way of locking in the flavor of meats. Here a wonderful blend of seasonings makes turkey extraordinary. —Twila Burkholder, Middleburg, Pennsylvania
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Pumpkin Cheese Ball

No one will guess that this make-ahead pumpkin cheese ball has pumpkin in it, but that subtle ingredient lends harvest color and added nutrition. —Linnea Rein, Topeka, Kansas
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Easy Batter Rolls

The first thing my guests ask when they come for dinner is if I'm serving these dinner rolls. The buns are so light, airy and delicious—and help make the meal. —Thomasina Brunner, Gloversville, New York
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Cranberry Apple Stuffing

One Thanksgiving, I lost the recipe I planned to use, so I threw this cranberry stuffing together. My cousin Sandy, a die-hard traditional stuffing fan, said this was the best stuffing she’d ever tasted! Talk about a compliment! —Beverly Norris, Evanston, Wyoming
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Mom-Mom Bessie’s Coconut Molasses Pie

I’m the keeper of my husband’s grandmother’s handwritten recipe book. Mom-Mom Bessie was one of the best cooks I knew, and we think of her every time we make this Thanksgiving recipe. The flavor combination of coconut and molasses is a family favorite. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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Oh-So-Good Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Yukon Golds are ideal when making mashed potatoes because of their buttery flavor and low moisture content. This Thanksgiving recipe for mashed taters easily absorb the warm milk or melted butter you add to your smooth spuds. —Brittany Linzmeier, De Pere, Wisconsin

Before you start scooping the mashed potatoes, learn how to give a Thanksgiving toast that celebrates the season.

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Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots

I first made this Thanksgiving recipe for my family and friends one year. Not only are the carrots lovely on the table, they taste terrific, too! —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland
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White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with Almond Topping

This luscious Thanksgiving recipe from Phyllis Schmalz-Eismann of Kansas City, Kansas belongs on a pedestal. Just pour the spiced pumpkin filling over the delectable gingersnap crust, bake and refrigerate overnight. The final touch is a crunchy almond topping.

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Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

This hearty, rich-tasting Thanksgiving recipe is sure to be a hit with your family. It’s a delicious way to use up Thanksgiving turkey, and you can substitute 5-1/2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes for the six potatoes. —Mary Lou Timpson, Centennial Park, Arizona
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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

While this spicy cranberry sauce is simmering, the wonderful fragrance of the spices brings back happy memories of when my mother made it as a Thanksgiving recipe. My husband and three sons are glad I’m carrying on her tradition! —Allison Thompson, Lansing Michigan
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Holiday Creamed Spinach

My mother made a variety of Thanksgiving recipes when I was growing up. This rich, delicious creamed version is the only one that stayed with me through the years. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
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Golden Butternut Squash Tart

This savory and flavorful butternut squash tart is perfect for the holiday season. It'll warm you right up. —Theresa Gutsch, Wausau, Wisconsin
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Pumpkin Spice Cake

We sometimes call this pumpkin spice cake “Thanksgiving Cake” because it’s a tasty alternative to pie, but we don’t relegate it to just a Thanksgiving recipe. I think you’ll agree it’s delicious any time of the year. —Kathy Rhoads, Circleville, Ohio
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Juicy Herb-Roasted Turkey

Add wonderful flavor to your spread of Thanksgiving recipes with this juicy herb-roasted turkey. Make sure you use the drippings for a delicious gravy! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Easy Pumpkin Muffins

This easy Thanksgiving recipe with cake mix is so good, even picky eaters cannot seem to get enough. They’re also delicious without frosting or nuts. —Samantha Callahan, Muncie, Indiana
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Pimiento Green Beans

Here's an easy way to turn everyday green beans into a special side dish. Pimientos, Parmesan cheese and chicken broth add savory flavor and a dash of color.
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Gobbler Goodies

TURKEY at Thanksgiving is a timeless tradition. But you can give your holiday meal a novel twist with these birds of a different feather. The holiday treats are cute, sweet and made from all kinds of goodies youngsters love to nibble on. "The kids and I had a ball making these tasty turkeys for Thanksgiving one year," shares Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "They loved forming the turkey bodies from the gooey cereal mixture and twisting the sandwich cookies apart. "But using chocolate frosting to "glue" on the candy corn was their favorite part." This recipe makes a big batch of tempting turkeys, so there are plenty for snacking and sharing. These festive fall treats also would make fun favors at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table—if your family doesn't gobble them up first!
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Pumpkin Fudge

I look forward to the taste of pumpkin every Thanksgiving. This easy pumpkin fudge recipe lets me do that. Plus, everyone loves this Thanksgiving recipe. —Marlene Fudge, Rushville, Indiana
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Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

Pineapple, sugar and marshmallows lend a super sweetness to sweet potatoes. I’ve been making the casserole for years, both as a Thanksgiving recipe and for casual dinners. —Ruth Leach, Shreveport, Louisiana
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Herbed Pecan Stuffing

I updated a basic Thanksgiving recipe by using wholesome multigrain bread in place of customary white bread. It adds a hearty, crunchy taste. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
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Herb-Rubbed Turkey

Seasoned for the holidays, this tender bird with its tasty herb rub is perfect for topping the table at your next festive gathering. This Thanksgiving recipe is from our Test Kitchen staff.
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Easy Yeast Rolls

These simple, tender yeast rolls bake to a golden brown and will disappear in no time. If you've never baked with yeast before, these rolls are the perfect starting point. —Wilma Harter, Witten, South Dakota
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Candied Sweet Potatoes

My town is known as “the yam capital of the United States.” These candied sweet potatoes go well with baked ham or roasted turkey as a Thanksgiving recipe. —Essie Nealey, Tabor City, North Carolina
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Moist Turkey Sausage Stuffing

With tangy apricots and turkey sausage, this stuffing is a terrific mix of sweet and savory. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Fall always makes me yearn for this pecan cheesecake, but it’s delicious in any season. You’ll want to put it on your list of favorite Thanksgiving recipes. —Laura Sylvester, Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Juicy Roast Turkey

I can't wait to serve this juicy turkey at Thanksgiving—so I make it several times throughout the year. The aroma that wafts through the house as it bakes is almost as mouthwatering as the bird itself. —Terrie Herman, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Crumb-Topped Apple Pie

This apple pie with crumb topping is absolutely delicious! If you’re a beginner, use a store-bought pie crust to get a head start. You’ll still get a bushel of compliments. —Virginia Olson, West Des Moines, Iowa
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Praline-Topped Apple Bread

Apples, toasted pecans and a praline glaze make this bread perfect for a Thanksgiving recipe—or anytime. We like it better than our go-to coffee cake. —Sonja Blow, Nixa, Missouri
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Autumn Pork Roast

Although this Thanksgiving recipe captures the fabulous flavor of fall, don’t hesitate to serve it throughout the year. Your family will flock to the table when they smell this delicious roast. It’s a hearty dish that makes everyday dinners more special. —Kathy Barbarek, Joliet, Illinois
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Pumpkin Apple Pie

The first time I made this for my family, they gobbled up this wonderful change-of-pace holiday dessert. It has a scrumptious layer of apples under the pumpkin. —Elizabeth Montogomery, Taylorville, Illinois
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Honey-Maple Glazed Ham

My graham cracker-crusted ham gets a double coating of a simple honey-maple glaze. The first half melts into the ham while the second half forms a sweet caramelized topping. —Alan Sproles, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Pumpkin Snack Cake

The crunchy, sweet topping makes this simple pumpkin snack cake taste extra special. If you prefer a sweeter cake, omit the topping and spread with your favorite frosting instead. —Steven Schend, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower gratin is a lower-carb side dish that pairs well with pork, ham or beef. It’s so creamy and delicious that even the kids will ask for seconds! If you like a little crunch, sprinkle buttered bread crumbs over the top for the last five minutes in the oven. —Mary Zinchiak, Boardman, Ohio
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Pots de Creme

Looking for an easy recipe to make for your sweetheart? Served in pretty, stemmed glasses, this chocolaty custard is sure to set the mood for a special evening. —Connie Dreyfoos, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Old-Fashioned Dressing

Remember Grandma's delicious turkey dressing? Taste it again combined with flavorful herbs and crisp veggies in this family-favorite dressing. You'll love the fact you can make it in your slow cooker. —Sherry Vink, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
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Chocolate Ganache Pumpkin Tart

I love the flavor combination of spiced pumpkin and chocolate, which inspired me to create this chocolate pumpkin tart. Sometimes I like to sprinkle chopped crystallized ginger over the chocolate ganache for extra flavor and texture. —Bernice Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Cherry Almond Ham Glaze Exps Toham20 2668 B11 13 1b 7

Cherry Almond Ham Glaze

I came across this recipe looking for an alternative to traditional sauces for holiday meats. Mostly, I serve it with holiday ham, and it goes over well—probably because it is such a change of taste. But the glaze should be fine with almost any meat...and its cheesy color would add a festive touch to the table! Our life's busy. In addition to being a farm records analyst, my husband's a minister. I work out of our home—our girls are 4 and 1—as a hairstylist and Edd's secretary, and teach a morning each week at a Christian preschool.
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Creamy Celery Root And Pearl Onions Exps Rc21 260876 B06 24 1b

Creamy Celery Root and Pearl Onions

I have made creamed onions for several recent Thanksgivings and wanted to change the recipe, so I decided to add celery root. Celery root is perfect with the onions, and the creamy sauce is addicting! —Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Pumpkin Seed Toffee

My kids are allergic to nuts, but they can eat pumpkin seeds! Every fall we save the seeds from our pumpkins to add to various recipes, including this one. —Suzanne Earl, Spring, Texas
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Chive Smashed Potatoes

No need to peel the potatoes—in fact, this is the only way we make mashed potatoes anymore. They’re chunky, tasty and attractive. And the flavored cream cheese is a delightful twist! —Beverly Norris, Evanston, Wyoming

Wondering how to cook potatoes? Check our our handy guide to learn the best types of potatoes for each cooking method.

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Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream

Folks who favor the flavor of pumpkin really need to try this spiced pumpkin ice cream recipe. But be prepared to make more! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Turkey with Sausage-Cornbread Stuffing

Complement your bird with this savory stuffing from June Kathrein of Delta, Colorado. “I’ve made this recipe for many potlucks and church suppers, and everyone raves about it...even those who usually don’t like stuffing,” says June.
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Winning Cranberry Cheesecake

The holidays wouldn't be complete without cranberries and eggnog. I use them both in this flavorful cheesecake that's the perfect finale for a special dinner. Set it out at the start of the meal, not just to solicit "oohs" and "aahs," but to remind folks to save room for dessert! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Cranberry and Bacon Swiss Cheese Dip

This warm, rich and creamy Swiss cheese dip is guaranteed to please family and friends alike. Served with thin, crunchy slices of French bread, it makes the perfect appetizer—especially since it can be prepared ahead, put in the fridge, and then baked just before you want to serve it. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast

Try this wonderfully flavored, easy-to-fix slow-cooker turkey breast when you're craving something delicious. It makes a great holiday dish for smaller families, too. —Maria Juco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Garlic, Bacon & Stilton Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and savory, these mashed potatoes are a perfect partner for nearly any entree. They're a snap to put together in advance. —Jamie Brown-Miller, Napa, California
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Seasoned Roast Turkey

Rubbing the skin with melted butter keeps this simply seasoned roast turkey moist and tender. —Nancy Reichert, Thomasville, Georgia
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Grandma's Cranberry Stuff

What could taste better than turkey and cranberry on Thanksgiving Day? My grandmother's classic recipe makes the best cranberry stuff to share with your family and friends this holiday. —Catherine Cassidy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Sweet Potato Casserole

I make this classic sweet potato casserole without marshmallows for Thanksgiving, but I also have been known to serve it with meat loaf and even grilled meat. —Eleanor Sherry, Highland Park, Illinois
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Maple Sugar Pumpkin Pie

We make our own maple syrup, and that's what gives this pie its special taste. You might want to bake this for your Thanksgiving meal. —Martha Boudah, Essex Center, Vermont
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Party Potatoes

These creamy, tasty potatoes can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator until you're ready to pop them in the oven (I often do that). The garlic powder and chives add zip, and the shredded cheese adds color. —Sharon Mensing, Greenfield, Iowa
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Creamy Turkey Gravy

With my easy recipe, even someone who has never made homemade gravy before can be assured of success. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas.
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Elegant Green Beans

Mushrooms and water chestnuts give new life to ordinary green bean casserole. Every time I make it for friends, I'm asked to share the recipe. —Linda Poe, Sandstone, Minnesota
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Triple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry fans will ask for this sauce again and again. It's loaded with their favorite fruit—in fresh, dried and juice form. Orange and allspice make it awesome. —Arlene Smulski, Lyons, Illinois
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Angel Biscuits

I first received a sample of these light, wonderful angel biscuits, along with the recipe, from an elderly gentleman friend. I now bake them often as a Saturday-morning treat, served with butter and honey. They're perfect with sausage gravy, too! —Faye Hintz, Springfield, Missouri
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Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs

Mention turkey legs made of pretzels and chocolate, and the kids come running. Let them help by unwrapping caramels for this easy, no-bake treat. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

With five different dairy products, you know this make-ahead mashed potato casserole is going to be super rich and, of course, delicious. It gets even better topped with onions and bacon! —JoAnn Koerkenmeier, Damiansville, Illinois
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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

These yummy pecan bars start with a homemade pastry crust and pile on lots of semisweet chocolate. They’re perfect for a holiday bake sale or casual get-together. —Heather Biedler, Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Barbecue Glazed Meatballs

Stock your freezer with these meatballs and you'll always have a tasty appetizer on hand. We even like to eat them as a main dish with rice or noodles on busy weeknights. —Anna Finley, Columbia, Missouri
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Corn Pudding

Cornbread mix and canned corn make this southern corn pudding casserole a snap to prepare. Now, this is real comfort food! —P. Lauren Fay-Neri, Syracuse, New York
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Roasted Apple Salad with Spicy Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

We bought loads of apples and needed to use them. To help the flavors come alive, I roasted the apples and tossed them with a sweet dressing. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Cranberry-Orange Roasted Turkey

You'll have an elegant centerpiece to your meal with this tender, juicy turkey. The cranberry makes it so good. It has such a wonderful aroma and flavor. —Kara de la Vega, Santa Rosa, California
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Holiday Almond Tassies

I make so many of these fancy tassies, I use up a 7-pound container of almond paste every year! They’re one of my family’s holiday favorites. —Donna Westhouse, Dorr, Michigan
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Porcini Mac & Cheese

This recipe was inspired by a mushroom mac and cheese I had at a local restaurant. I incorporated the fall flavor of a pumpkin ale, and it turned out better than the original. —Laura Davis, Chincoteague, Virginia
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Broccoli & Chive Stuffed Mini Peppers

There's plenty of both crunch and cream in these party appetizers. Fresh chives help them really stand out. —Jean McKenzie, Vancouver, Washington
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Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie

This pie is special to me because I won a blue ribbon for it at the local fair and was able to compete at the state farm show. —Collette Gaugler, Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
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Best Ever Stuffed Mushrooms

At party time, I bring out a platter of my easy stuffed mushrooms. I like to make mine with reduced-fat sausage, but you can use regular for an indulgent treat. —Debby Beard, Eagle, Colorado
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Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy

This quick-prep recipe lets you feast on turkey at any time of year. We save the rich broth for gravy, noodles and soup making. —Joyce Hough, Annapolis, Maryland
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Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfaits

Enjoy these lovely, light parfaits as an unforgettable finale to your holiday feast. The spiced rum adds a fun new flavor to the mix. —Lorri Hazen, Twin Falls, Idaho
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Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Your whole house will be filled with the aroma of pumpkin spice when you bake these wonderful sweet potato cheesecake bars. They look complicated but are so easy, you can whip up a batch anytime. —Nancy Whitford, Edwards, New York
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Cranberry Orange Mimosas

Mimosas are just so elegant for Sunday brunch. My recipe uses tart cranberries to balance the sweetness of champagne and orange juice. —Shannon Stephens, Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars

These coveted brownie bars are homey and chocolaty awesome. They've been a sought-after staple on Christmas cookie trays for years. —Troy Shaw, Warrenton, Oregon
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Ginger-Streusel Pumpkin Pie

I love to bake and have spent a lot of time making goodies for my family and friends. The streusel topping gives this pie a special touch your family will love. —Sonia Parvu, Sherrill, New York
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Easy Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie does not have to be difficult to make. This easy Thanksgiving dessert recipe has a wonderful taste and will be a hit at your holiday meal. —Marty Rummel, Trout Lake, Washington
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Spinach Dip-Stuffed Mushrooms

I use a melon baller to hollow out the mushroom caps and make them easier to stuff. The apps fit neatly into muffin tins or a deviled egg tray for traveling. —Ashley Pierce, Brantford, Ontario
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Cinnamon-Sugar Sweet Potato Pastries

We always have leftover mashed sweet potatoes after our Thanksgiving feast. I take what’s left to make an indulgent filling for sweet potato empanadas. Convenient crescent roll dough makes this recipe easy as pie. —Sarah Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
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Crab Crescent Triangles

When friends who love crab were planning a party, I created this recipe just for them. These comforting baked bundles wrap up a cheesy seafood filling in convenient crescent roll dough. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Minestrone with Turkey

I remember my mom making this soup; now I make it for my kids as often as I can. It's a good way to use up leftover vegetables. Sometimes I add a can of rinsed and drained kidney or garbanzo beans. —Angela Goodman, Kaneohe, Hawaii
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Coffee Maple Spritz

I like spritz cookies because they're easier to make than rolled cutouts but I can still be creative with different shapes and sizes. Feel free to substitute vanilla or rum extract for the maple flavoring. —Dierdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
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Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake

My New York-style cheesecake has tart cranberries, white chocolate chunks and a smidge of yuletide red. It's an impressive addition to holiday dessert tables. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida
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Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey

My family enjoys this Thanksgiving turkey because it cooks up tender, tasty and golden brown. Build up flavor by marinating the meat, then grill it to add a tempting barbecued flavor. —Ken Churches, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Bacon, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese Ball

When it’s time for a party, everyone always requests this ultimate cheese ball—it’s such an impressive appetizer. And if you’re a party guest, it makes a fabulous gift for your hosts.—Sue Franklin, Lake St. Louis, Missouri
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Amber's Sourdough Stuffing

All my kids and grandkids absolutely love this sourdough stuffing, but especially my daughter-in-law, Amber. I usually make a big batch at Thanksgiving so I will have leftovers for my husband. But this recipe is perfect for two. —Kathy Katz, Ocala, Florida
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Coconut-Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

What is it about sweet potatoes that unnerve some people? For those who firmly state they hate a yam because of the color or texture, the rich addition of coconut, bourbon and spices might just win them over. —Rebecca Anderson, Driftwood, Texas
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Foolproof Gravy

Make your Thanksgiving or other special-occasion dinner easy with this can't-miss homemade gravy recipe. Use the drippings from your roasted turkey, and the gravy is done in just 20 minutes. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
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No-Bake Chocolate-Pecan Tartlets

At the last minute, I frantically came up with this treat for a Thanksgiving recipe. The tartlets were quickly gobbled up. Now, I make them for our annual Teacher Taster’s Choice and special family gatherings. —Joy Johnson, Culbertson, Montana
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Billie's Southern Sweet Potato Cake

I made sweet potato cakes for my kids when they were younger and they told me in their little voices, "Mommy, you're the best baker." Little did they know that was Mommy's first attempt at homemade cake! —Billie Williams-Henderson, Bowie, Maryland
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Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

You’ll love the smell in your kitchen—and the smiles on everybody’s faces—when you make this scrumptious caramel apple pie Thanksgiving recipe. It takes me back home to Virginia, to my granny’s table. —Jean Castro, Phoenix, Arizona
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Herbed Turkey Breast

Like many of you, I always serve turkey for our family's Thanksgiving meal. But instead of roasting a whole bird, I opt for a turkey breast since most of us prefer white meat. The herb butter basting sauce keeps it so moist, and it's easy to carve. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

This easy Thanksgiving recipe is based on several different relishes and spreads I’ve tasted or made before. I love the sweet and spicy combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
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Spiced Toffee Cookies

I bake these cookies as a Thanksgiving recipe because my crowd likes cookies thin and chewy with a crispy exterior. The toffee bits make a happy surprise.—Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois
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Butternut Squash Oven Risotto

Squash and beer make my risotto different and delicious. Plus, cooking it in the oven cuts down on hands-on time making it. Win-win. —Katie Ferrier Gage, Houston, TX
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Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

This moist dressing is perfect when paired with poultry or even pork. The sweet-tart flavor of the dried cranberries really complements the dish's turkey sausage. —Corinne Portteus, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Roasted Green Beans with Lemon & Walnuts

I first tasted roasted green beans in a Chinese restaurant and fell in love with the texture and flavor. This is my Americanized version and it’s always a big hit at our holiday table as a Thanksgiving recipe. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Maple-Sage Brined Turkey

When the leaves start turning, it’s turkey time at our house. We use maple-sage brine to help brown the bird and make the meat incredibly juicy. —Kim Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire

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Gobble-Up Strata

I always look forward to making strata after Thanksgiving. We invite our neighbors, and they think it’s neat that I prepare another whole meal. — Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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