Feeling up for a challenge this Thanksgiving? Sick of the canned cranberry sauce and the pre-made, store-bought turkey? Try cooking an entire feast for your family… from scratch! Let’s face it, in the end, you may be a little bit worn out, but you get to eat the delicious results and bask in the light of your own accomplishment. This year, let Thanksgiving dinner be your Mona Lisa with these classic recipes, which you can make from scratch.
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The most important part of any traditional Thanksgiving meal is the turkey, and who better to provide a top-notch turkey recipe than the kings of turkey at Butterball? This recipe has a little more of a kick to it than your grandma's roasted turkey.
Serves 12, preps in 10 minutes and cooks in 3 hours.
You really can’t have turkey without gravy. Your dinner guests will revolt. The Food Network’s Alton Brown has a recipe for the Best Gravy Ever. Really. That’s the name. Try it out for yourself and see if the recipe actually matches the name.
Serves 10 to 12, preps in 10 minutes and cooks in 15 minutes.
You’ve only just begun climbing the feast mountain at this point because the turkey really isn’t complete without stuffing. The Neelys, from Down Home with the Neelys, are known for flavorful, Southern home style recipes, which makes them the perfect candidates for a fantastic stuffing recipe.
Serves 4 to 6, preps in 10 minutes and cooks in 45 minutes.
That’s it. Dinner is done, but there’s one last little bit to do before you’ve conquered the meal. You must delight your guests with a classic Thanksgiving dessert, and that often means making an unbelievable pumpkin pie. Paula Deen knows how to win anyone over with dessert, so she’s got this one covered.
Serves 6, preps in 8 minutes and cooks in 40 minutes.