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Follow This Menu to Host the Best Thanksgiving Ever

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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stuffed peppersTaste of Home

Appetizer: Slow-Cooked Stuffed Peppers

Start your Thanksgiving menu right with these fun and easy-to-make appetizers. Let guests enjoy a slightly spicy snack before the main courses hit the table.

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country cornTaste of Home

Appetizer: Country Corn

Southern grandmas made this home-style favorite all the time. Your guests are sure to gobble it up.

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green bean potato bakeTaste of Home

Side Dish: Holiday Green Bean Bake

Ham and potatoes make a plain green bean bake spectacular!

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mashed potatoesTaste of Home

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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asparagus saladTaste of Home

Side Dish: Marinated Asparagus Salad

This simple side accompanies your Thanksgiving menu perfectly, and it saves you time.

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mushroom spinch tartTaste of Home

Side Dish: Crustless Mushroom Spinach Tart

Special side dishes like this that are so easy to prepare. This one is great served alongside any roasted meat. Make sure you never discuss these things at Thanksgiving dinner.

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turkeyTaste of Home

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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fruit glazed turkeyTaste of Home

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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cranberry relishTaste of Home

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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gravyTaste of Home

Sauces and Dressings: Turkey 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 Thanksgiving menu this season. This is why the president pardons a turkey every Thanksgiving.

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orange dressingTaste of Home

Sauces and Dressings: Savory Orange Dressing

Surprise your guests by pairing your turkey with this special dressing with a hint of orange. Don’t miss these 27 funny Butterball help hotline calls.

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cranberry ciderTaste of Home

Drink: Hot Cranberry Cider

The addition of cranberry juice gives this cider lots of flavor and a fun holiday color.

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pumpkin mousse pieTaste of Home

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. Find out America’s favorite Thanksgiving pie.

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cranberry cheese crumb pieTaste of Home

Dessert: Cranberry Cheese Crumb 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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