5 Tempting Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes from Door to Door OrganicsEveryone has their own Thanksgiving recipes. It’s incredible how many variations of green bean casserole and turkey roasts exist online and in carefully preserved family cookbooks. To celebrate the upcoming holiday and to help you finish out your Thanksgiving dinner plans, we’re sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Roasted Turkey with Herbs

Thanksgiving Recipes: Roasted Turkey with Herbs
There are so many ways to cook a turkey. Enjoy a fresh, herbal twist on this Thanksgiving classic.

Serves: 12–14
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 3–4 hours

1 (12–14 lb.) turkey
2 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
2 onions, quartered
3 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 stalks of celery, coarsely chopped
3 stems fresh rosemary
6 stems fresh thyme
3 stems fresh sage
1 stick (4 ounces) butter

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Remove neck and packet with gizzards from inside the turkey.
3. Pat turkey dry with paper towels, both inside and out.
4. Combine salt and pepper and generously sprinkle half of this mixture throughout the turkey cavity.
5. Place rack in bottom of roasting pan. Add chopped vegetables around the rack.
6. Place turkey on rack and tuck the wings under the body.
7. Place the fresh herbs within the turkey cavity.
8. Brush the outside of the turkey with the melted butter. Make sure you get every nook and cranny. Liberally sprinkle with more salt and pepper.
9. Tie legs together with twine.
10. Roast for 15 minutes per pound (about 3.5 hours for a 14 lb. turkey) or until internal temperature is 165 degrees. If using a thermometer, test the innermost junction of the thigh and wing, as well as the thickest part of the breast.
10. Let rest for at least 20 minutes before serving.

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Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
Cranberries and stuffing are two classic Thanksgiving sides. Combined, they’re a perfect match for your dinner spread, and a keeper for your favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Serves: 8–10
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes

1 (1 lb.) loaf of white, wheat or rye bread, cut into cubes or torn into bite-sized pieces, about 10–12 cups
2 eggs
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided
1 cup dried cranberries
⅔ cup butter
2 yellow onions, chopped, about 2 cups
1 ½ cups sliced celery
½ cup chopped parsley
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp. minced fresh sage
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 ½ cups pecan halves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spread cut bread on baking sheet and bake for 20–30 minutes until lightly toasted and dry. Remove from oven and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and 1 cup of broth.
4. Add cranberries, cover, and set aside so cranberries can plump up.
5. Melt butter in a large skillet.
6. Add onions and celery and cook until soft and onions are golden, about 10 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and stir in parsley, thyme, sage, salt and pepper.
8. Add the rest of the broth and gently toss.
9. Add cranberry mixture, bread, and pecan halves and gently toss.
10. Spread mixture in a buttered 13×9-inch pan and bake covered for 30 minutes.
11. Uncover and bake for another 20 minutes.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Warm Bacon Balsamic Dressing

Thanksgiving Recipes: Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Warm Bacon Balsamic Dressing
There’s a trick to enjoying Brussels sprouts raw, and it’s adding bacon. This shaved salad packs a delicious punch of savory flavor. Other Thanksgiving recipes with Brussels sprouts would have a hard time competing with this tasty salad.

Serves: 6–8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

1 lb. Brussels sprouts
6 slices bacon, chopped
½ cup prepared balsamic dressing
1 pomegranate

1. Wash Brussels sprouts and remove any discolored outer leaves.
2. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, thinly slice sprouts and place in a bowl.
3. Cook bacon in a skillet until brown and crispy.
4. Drain fat from pan, leaving the bacon.
5. Add balsamic and heat until warm.
6. Pour warm dressing over Brussels sprouts and toss to coat.
7. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.

Note: You may also add toasted nuts and/or dried fruit for color and crunch.

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Green Bean Bliss

Thanksgiving Recipes: Green Bean Bliss
Careful, this delicious green bean casserole just might have the potential to be the real star of Thanksgiving. Plus, it’s easily modified to be one of your gluten-free thanksgiving recipes!

Serves: 6–8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes

1 lb. fresh green beans
2 Tbsp. olive oil
½ cup minced yellow onion
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. flour
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. ground thyme
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup half and half
1 cup premade fried onions or ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, optional

1. Prepare a bowl of ice water and bring a large pot of water to boil.
2. While water is heating up, wash and trim the green beans before cutting them all in half.
3. Salt the boiling water and add green beans. Cook for 5 minutes.
4. Immediately transfer beans to ice water to stop the cooking. Once cool, drain and set aside.
5. Heat olive oil on medium high in a large skillet. Add onions and mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms have released their liquid, about 5 minutes.
6. Add garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes.
7. Sprinkle with flour and cook for another minute, stirring often.
8. Add salt, pepper, thyme, chicken broth, and half and half. Bring mixture to a boil.
9. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally, about 10-12 minutes.
10. Add beans and pour mixture into a greased 1 ½ –2 quart casserole.
11. Top with fried onions or Parmesan, if using, and bake for 20 minutes until bubbly.

Note: For a gluten-free version, omit flour and proceed with recipe. After adding broth and mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and remove ½ cup of the liquid. Mix liquid with 2 Tbsp. cornstarch and return to the pan. Continue with recipe as directed.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sage

Thanksgiving Recipes: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sage
As far as Thanksgiving recipes go, sweet potatoes are often served with an uncomfortable amount of marshmallows. This simple side of sweet potatoes and sage is both sweet and savory, and will have your dinner table singing praises.

Serves 8–10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30–40 minutes

2 pounds sweet potatoes, cubed
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
15 sage leaves, chopped, or 1 tsp. dried sage

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a bowl, drizzle potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and sage.
3. Using a spoon or your hands, toss until potatoes are coated and spices are evenly distributed.
4. Spread out evenly in one layer on a sheet pan.
5. Bake for 30–40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork tender and nicely browned.

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You might notice that desserts are absent from some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Don’t worry, we can help you out there too! We have some of the absolutely mouthwatering pies in our Thanksgiving Headquarters, so you don’t even have to bake on top of cooking.