Delicious Thanksgiving recipes to try out this holiday weekend

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You have a few days to plan and prepare your best Thanksgiving meal and desserts. Here are some ideas to get you going.

By: thestar.com, Published on Mon Oct 05 2015

Thanksgiving dinner is quickly approaching. Do you know what you're going to make?

Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star file photo
Thanksgiving dinner is quickly approaching. Do you know what you're going to make?


To some, Thanksgiving is one of the year’s most important holidays to host.

Maybe the kids are home for the holidays or you’re hosting relatives you see twice a year, or perhaps you’re testing out a new recipe. But most importantly you want to share a delicious harvest meal with your loved ones.

It can be difficult meal to plan whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a new host. Here are some mouth-watering recipes to keep everyone’s bellies happy.


Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Sometimes family gatherings can lead to awkward conversation, but a delicious meal can keep everyone's lips occupied



Smoked paprika turkey with pan gravy

A turkey is a staple Thanksgiving dish for many, but it takes quite a few hours to prepare and you’ll need to make sure you allow enough time for it to thaw if you’re buying frozen. A 12-lb turkey will need at least three days in the refrigerator to thaw. There are endless amount of ways you can season your turkey, here's a recipe to try.

Star reader's sausage stuffing

Here’s the thing about stuffing – it adds extra cook time to your turkey. Instead, you can either serve it as a side or remember to start cooking a bit earlier. Click here for recipe.

Groovy Gravy from Real Food for Real Kids

We think gravy is something that should be served on everything! Keep it simple: simmer turkey drippings with prepackaged or canned gravy and there you have it. Or, since gravy really should be served over everything on the plate, here’s a meat- and dairy-free recipe everyone can enjoy

Maple Burssels sprouts from Everyday Food

“Ew, Brussels sprouts!” – said no one ever after they tried these delicious spicy maple sprouts. We bet mom won’t have to cajole the kids to eat these sweet greens up! … okay, we can’t guarantee that, but it’s worth a shot. Click here for recipe.

Petriglia family's marshmallow sweet potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows are so sweet and delicious, this may as well be a dessert. Play around with the amount of brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and marshmallows to create your own unique recipe. You can also try topping the dish with crushed pecans and oats. Click here for recipe.

Smashed roasted potatoes from Christine Cushing

The great thing about smashed potatoes is you don’t have to worry about making a perfectly smooth, creamy mash. Also, if you’re feeling stressed about your in-laws arriving three hours early, take your anger out on the potatoes! Click here for recipe.

How to make Thanksgiving dinner in an hour

The trick to getting everything done in an hour is to prepare everything ahead of time. If you don’t feel like working in the kitchen for the entire day, and a big spread isn't all that important, here’s Corey Mintz with how to make a quick meal so you can spend more time with family.

Is beer a better match for Thanksgiving dinner?

While beer probably isn’t the typical beverage you serve at Thanksgiving dinner – you may usually opt for a riesling or pinot noir – our resident beer expert Josh Rubin has narrowed down some choices for you. He’s recommended a pilsner for pre-dinner. Here are the rest of his dinner and dessert pairings.


What to drink: cocktail | TORONTO STAR

Need an adult pumpkin spice latte?

Hosting in-laws and children, roasting a 25-lb turkey and worrying about the three loads of laundry left to do? You’re going to need the grown-up version of the PSL. Here are two recipes to please your evening pumpkin spice latte cravings. Here is the pumpkin pie paradise and the pumpkin patch.


Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

There's no shortage of seasonal desserts but we've narrowed down our favourites below.




Seriously, who needs flavoured syrups if you can do it yourself at home using less processed ingredients? Here's the recipe.

Amish-favourite oatmeal pie

Here’s one of those old-school, pioneer-esque, buttery, gooey recipes that will have you and your guests coming back for more. Here's the recipe.

Pumpkin pie with toffee nut crunch

Take your pumpkin pie to the next level by topping it off with toffee nut crunch and crystallized ginger. Here’s the recipe.

Skillet peach & pecan pie

How’s this for an easy-as-pie recipe: there’s no need to peel the peaches and you don’t have to roll out the pie shell. You’re welcome. Click here for the recipe.

Pumpkin chocolate chip squares

Looking for an easy dessert your kids can help with? The Stop Community Food Centre makes this recipe in their youth program participants. Plus, it’s hard for kids to say no to anything involving chocolate chips. Click here for the recipe.

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