Belongs to Lisa Mc Mashed Potatoes 
You might need to buy:
  • Russet Potatoes - 2/person
You might need to buy:
  • cornstarch
  • milk
  • semisweet chocolate chips
  • vanilla extract
You might need to buy:
  • solid pack pumpkin
  • half and half
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • honey
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground allspice
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • salt
  • Golden leaves:
  • half and half
  • sugar
A must at Thanksgiving
You might need to buy:
  • finely shredded orange zest
  • chopped pecans

Todd likes this one

serves 6
You might need to buy:
  • fresh cranberries
  • flour
  • oats
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • softened butter
You might need to buy:
  • green beans
  • trans free margarine
  • chopped shallots
  • finely chopped fresh ginger
  • grated orange peel
Belongs to Lisa Mc Dirt 
You might need to buy:
  • large package chocolate pudding
  • bowl Cool Whip
  • oreo cookies
  • cream cheese
Belongs to Bethany Best Turkey Gravy 

Makes about 6 cups

This recipe makes enough gravy to accompany a 12- to 14-pound turkey with leftovers. If you are roasting a very large bird and want to double the recipe, prepare the gravy in a Dutch oven. White wine adds a welcome note of acidity to gravy, but in a pinch you can use more chicken broth in its place. Make sure you’ve added 1 cup each of chopped onions, carrots, and celery along with fresh thyme sprigs and 1 cup of water to the roasting pan before the turkey goes into the oven.

You might need to buy:
  • dry white wine
  • parsley stems
  • fresh thyme
  • water
  • low-sodium chicken broth
  • Reserved turkey giblets and neck
  • vegetable oil

Serves 10 to 12

Table salt is not recommended for this recipe because it is too fine. To roast a kosher or self-basting turkey (such as a frozen Butterball), do not salt it in step 1. Look for salt pork that is roughly equal parts fat and lean meat. The bread can be toasted up to 1 day in advance.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
Perfecting one aspect of a roast turkey usually comes at the cost of another. Crisp skin means dry white meat. Brining adds moisture, but can turn the skin soggy. And stuffing the cavity -compounds the headache, slowing the roasting time and upping the chance for uneven cooking. We wanted a turkey with everything: juicy meat, crisply burnished skin, and rich-flavored stuffing that cooked inside the bird.

Unwilling to sacrifice crisp skin, we opted for salting over brining. Salting initially draws moisture out of the meat, but after a long rest in the refrigerator, all the moisture gets slowly drawn back in, seasoning the meat and helping it retain moisture. Next we turned to slow roasting and started the bird in a relatively low oven, then cranked the temperature to give it a final blast of skin-crisping heat and to bring the center up to temperature. It worked beautifully, yielding breast meat that was moist and tender. For even crispier skin, we massaged it with a baking powder and salt rub. The baking powder dehydrates the skin and raises its pH, making it more conducive to browning. We also poked holes in the skin to help rendering fat escape.

Next we had to figure out a way to coordinate the cooking times of the stuffing and the breast meat. In most recipes, the breast meat is a bone-dry 180 degrees by the time the stuffing reaches a safe 165 degrees. We got around this by splitting the stuffing in half. We put half in the turkey and took it out when the bird was up to temperature. We moistened the stuffing with broth and combined it with the uncooked batch and cooked it all while the turkey was taking its post-oven rest. And for extra flavor, we draped the bird with meaty salt pork, which we removed and drained before cranking up the heat so the bird didn’t taste too smoky.

You might need to buy:
  • Stuffing:
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • minced fresh thyme leaves
  • minced fresh marjoram leaves
  • minced fresh sage leaves
  • low-sodium chicken broth
  • Turkey:
You might need to buy:
  • cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • pecans