15 Thanksgiving Recipes with Secret Ingredients
Give one of the classics on your menu a little, delicious tweak, and your guests will be raving all dinner long.
Secret ingredient for turkey: honey
A honey glaze, flavored with rosemary and sage, creates a crispy, savory turkey skin while keeping the inside meat succulent and moist.
Secret ingredient for sweet potatoes: pears
Instead of topping your sweet potatoes with familiar marshmallows, blend a mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, and cooked or canned pears straight in for a light, sweet taste. Here’s the rest of the menu you should follow for the best Thanksgiving ever.
Secret ingredient for mashed potatoes: apples
Mash potatoes with tart, cooked apples and top with crisp bacon for a sweet-savory take on the classic. These foods were actually present at the first Thanksgiving.
Secret ingredient for apple pie: oatmeal
This from-scratch apple pie uses oatmeal to make a simple, no-rolling pin-required crust. Don’t miss these 15 Thanksgiving “facts” that aren’t actually true.
Secret Ingredient for tarts: cranberries
Bring sweet-tart cranberries to the table in an unexpected way with this seasonal dessert. It bakes up beautifully in a springform pan and is glazed with a cranberry-orange topping. Food didn’t turn out as well as you thought it would? Check out these handy fixes for Thanksgiving cooking goofs.
Secret ingredient for soup: apples
Start your meal with a bowl of creamy, seasonal squash soup that gets a dash of zing from unexpected apples.
Secret ingredient for beets: orange juice
This bright, citrusy recipe pairs ruby-red beets with orange slices, juice, and zest. And while you can certainly use fresh beets, canned beets make this dish extra easy.
Secret ingredient for green beans: cornflakes
This green bean recipe will convince kiddos and adults alike to eat more greens on Thanksgiving. The recipe combines cheese, cornflakes, and green beans for the perfect holiday side dish. Here are our tips for keeping your sanity intact while hosting Thanksgiving.