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If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with friends this year, and want to impress the gang, read on for 21 mouthwateringly delicious recipes, from the turkey to the sides!
Rach’s Rolled Turkey Meatloaf is a super satisfying meal for fall with layers of meat, cheese, hearty greens and prosciutto. The dish is rounded out with perfectly roasted baby carrots (go with rainbow baby carrots for a colorful presentation) and broccolini.
Watch her make it in the video above!
GET THE RECIPE: Rolled Turkey Meatloaf and Autumn Spiced Tomato Sauce
This is a great side dish option for holiday meals, but also works all year round. The roasted veggies get a little kick from red pepper flakes.
GET THE RECIPE: Roasted Broccolini and Baby Carrots
What’s fall cooking without incorporating a little pumpkin? Canned pumpkin puree gets folded into creamy ricotta layers for this comforting seasonal dish from Senior Culinary Producer Jeanette Donnarumma.
GET THE RECIPE: Jeanette Donnarumma's Cheesy Baked Rigatoni with Pumpkin
Simple and sweet. This Cranberry Upside-Down Cake from Grant Melton is made with fresh cranberries and topped with a walnut-flavored whipped cream.
GET THE RECIPE: Grant Melton's Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
Ted Allen’s Andouille Sweet Potato Stuffing is an excellent take-along option for Friendsgiving. The dish is slightly sweet with a hint of spice and is super easy to prepare. (It only takes 15 minutes total!)
GET THE RECIPE: Ted Allen's Andouille Sweet Potato Stuffing
No. 6: Ted Allen's Cranberry Relish
Put a spin on the traditional cranberry sauce with this spiced cran-apple relish. Ted Allen livens things up with a splash of orange liqueur, along with the zest of a lemon and orange.
GET THE RECIPE: Ted Allen's Cranberry Relish
Rachael soaks this delicious bird in a cider, brown sugar and whiskey brine for two days before cooking. She cooks the spatchcocked bird flat (click here to learn how to do it yourself), which reduced the cooking time to as little as an hour! Right before it’s done cooking, Rach slathers the bird with a whiskey brown sugar glaze. Heavenly!
GET THE RECIPE: Whiskey-Brined Spatchcock Turkey
No. 8: No-Fail Gravy
Look, ma, no lumps! Rach actually makes this fool-proof recipe for her family every year. Just whisk butter, flour and stock into your pan drippings (plus some Worcestershire sauce and pepper for flavor), and you’re guaranteed a perfect gravy every time.
GET THE RECIPE: No-Fail Gravy
This flavorful twist on cranberry sauce will have your friends begging for seconds! Carla simmers cranberries and apple with chiles, onion, brown sugar, red wine, lemon zest and more for a mouthwatering relish.
GET THE RECIPE: Carla Hall’s Spicy Cranberry-Apple Relish
You'll definitely earn raves as host, if you greet your guests with a glass of this make-ahead sangria. Seriously, the longer it sits (anywhere from 24 to 48 hours), the tastier it gets!
GET THE RECIPE: Damaris Phillips' Kentucky Autumn Sangria
Try as we might to not fill up before dinner, what would Thanksgiving be without awesome appetizers? And these mini cornbread muffins are especially holiday appropriate, sandwiching dots of zesty cranberry relish.
GET THE RECIPE: Patricia Heaton’s Cranberry Cornbread Bites
This dish is super easy and amazingly delicious! Jeff just microwaves the sweet potatoes, scoops out the inside, mixes with an egg, then refills the potato “boats.” He then tops with a pecan praline topping and puts it back in the oven to finish. When it’s done, he tops with rounds of homemade maple chili compound butter. Amazing!
Most of us tend to abandon healthy eating habits on Thanksgiving. But not only is this yogurt-thickened side dish nut and gluten-free, it swaps out starchy potatoes for good-for-you cauliflower.
GET THE RECIPE: Valerie Bertinelli's Herbed Mashed Cauliflower
This stuffing-esque savory bread pudding is a great way to break from the ordinary and wow your friends!
GET THE RECIPE: Emeril Lagasse’s Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
This fluffy savory corn pudding featuring cheddar, bacon, apple and pecans is a real treat for the Thanksgiving table.
A true Rachael Ray classic, this recipe uses muffin tins instead of baking dishes, to make single-serving stuffing. Bonus: each portion comes with crispy edges!
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael’s Apple and Onion Stuffin’ Muffins
Carla cooks potatoes in a bath of onions and chicken stock until they are done, then adds green beans and cooks until they are soft. Then, she removes the veggies to a platter with a slotted spoon, reduces the sauce until thick, then pours over the platter. Yum!
GET THE RECIPE: Carla Hall’s Cooked-to-Death-Delicious Green Beans with Potatoes
Jeff’s casserole features roasted broccoli, pine nuts and Asiago cheese cooked in the oven until the top is crispy. Delish!
GET THE RECIPE: Jeff Mauro's Roasted Broccoli with Asiago and Pine Nuts
This warm veggie side dish pulls double duty as a sprightly salad, tossed with maple and mustard vinaigrette.
GET THE RECIPE: Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Does Thanksgiving lasagna sound like overkill? Not if you grew up in an Italian-American household, it doesn’t! And this indulgent baked pasta is all dressed up for the holidays, layered with butternut squash, escarole and sage.
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Butternut Squash and Escarole Lasagna
Ran out of oven space? Put your slow cooker to use for this festive dessert, of chocolate-crusted and pumpkin-ribboned cheesecake.
GET THE RECIPE: Carla Hall’s Slow Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
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