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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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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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Appetizer: Country Corn


Southern grandmas made this home-style favorite all the time. Your guests are sure to gobble it up. Pair your meal with these mouthwatering Thanksgiving side dishes.

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Side Dish: Holiday Green Bean Bake


Ham and potatoes make a plain green bean bake spectacular! Make sure you read up on these etiquette tips for both hosts and guests this holiday.

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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. Follow this low-stress game plan to get ready for the big day.

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Side Dish: Marinated Asparagus Salad


This simple side accompanies your Thanksgiving menu perfectly, and it saves you time. Follow these tips to keep your sanity if you’re the host of Thanksgiving this year.

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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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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. Consider rentings these helpful items for a stress-free Thanksgiving. 

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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. Here are 10 crafts to brighten your Thanksgiving table.

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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. Here’s what Thanksgiving cranberries wish you knew.

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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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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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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. Find out America’s favorite Thanksgiving pie.

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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. If you have a big family and this Thanksgiving menu won’t be enough to feed everyone, try some other delicious Thanksgiving recipes.

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