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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving isn't the same without family favorites like mashed potatoes, turkey, green beans, and (mmm!) pie. For this menu, we selected our most-loved Thanksgiving recipes to help you prepare a delicious dinner from start to finish!

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    Appetizer: Over-Stuffed Onions
    The mild, sweet onion varieties, like Vidaliaand Walla Walla, are ideal in this dish, where they are stuffed with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.
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    Appetizer: Southern Fried Corn
    Southern grandmas made this home-style favorite with cream, but this more healthful version uses canned evaporated skimmed milk to create the same wonderful flavor.
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    Side Dish: Holiday Green Bean Bake
    Ham and a blend of seasonings make a plain green bean bake spectacular!
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    Side Dish: Twice-as-Nice Mashed Potatoes
    If you can't decide what kind of potatoes to serve, reach for this recipe, which blends both red and sweet potatoes.
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    Side Dish: Marinated Asparagus Salad
    This simple side accompanies your holiday menu perfectly, and saves you time.
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    Side Dish: Baked Mushrooms With Spinach
    Special side dishes like this that are so easy to prepare. This one is great served alongside any roasted meat.
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    Main Dish: Holiday Roast Turkey With Old-Fashioned Corn Bread Stuffing

    This holiday meal is as traditional as it gets. Turkey is filled with a delicious corn bread stuffing and served with gravy.
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    Main Dish: Fruit-Glazed Turkey
    An occasion as special as Thanksgiving calls for a show-stopping entree. Make your turkey a star this year.
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    Sauces and Dressings: 2-Step Cranberry Relish
    This baked cranberry compote couldn't be easier to prepare and tastes terrific on top of sliced Thanksgiving turkey.
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    Sauces and Dressings: Smith's Southern Gravy
    Gravy separates good cooks from great ones, says Florida native Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey's chef. 'It can't be hurried,' he says. 'That's the only way you get all the flavor, all the soul.' Make sure to include this gravy recipe in your holiday menu this season.
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    Sauces and Dressings: Savory Orange Dressing
    Surprise your guests by pairing your turkey with this special dressing with a hint of orange.
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    Drink: Hot Cranberry Cider
    The addition of cranberry juice gives this cider lots of flavor and a fun holiday color.
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    Dessert: No-Bake Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust
    Around the winter holidays, when the kitchen gets so busy, you'll really appreciate this recipe for a quick-fix dessert that's packed with beta-carotene and fiber.
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    Dessert: Cranberry Cream Pie
    This recipe cleverly combines cheesecake and cranberry pie in one fantastic dessert. Make it a day ahead for added convenience.
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