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

Time consuming to make but my family requests it EVERY Thanksgiving

ready in about an hour and 40 minutes; serves 10
You might need to buy:
  • cream style corn corn
  • butter
  • worchestershire sauce
  • flour
  • milk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutmeg
  • cream of tartar
Belongs to Larissa84 Warm Crab Dip 
serves 12
You might need to buy:
  • butter
  • finely chopped onion
  • Old Bay or other seafood seasoning
  • sour cream
  • mayonnaise
  • lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • milk
  • grated sharp Cheddar or soft Fontina

Make it ahead: refrigerate the mashed potatoes for up to 2 days. To reheat, place ina double boiler or glass bowl set over (but not in) simmering water, adding whole milk as necessary to adjust consistency until heated through, 15-20 minutes

ready in about 50 minutes; serves 8
You might need to buy:
  • Kosher salt
  • half and half
  • unsalted butter
  • small sprigs rosemary
  • black peppercorns freshly grated or ground nutmeg for serving

Make it ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

ready in about 25 minutes; serves 8
You might need to buy:
  • sugar
  • navel oranges
  • apricot preserves

Serves 10 to 12

Two pounds of chicken wings can be substituted for the turkey wings. If using chicken wings, separate them into 2 sections (it’s not necessary to separate the tips) and poke each segment 4 or 5 times. Also, increase the amount of broth to 3 cups, reduce the amount of butter to 2 tablespoons, and cook the stuffing for only 60 minutes (the wings should register over 175 degrees at the end of cooking). Use the meat from the cooked wings to make salad or soup.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
Stuffing baked in a dish definitely has appeal—you can make as much as you want and you don’t have to time its doneness to coincide with the doneness of the meat—but it lacks the rich flavor from the bird’s flavorful juices. As the base for our stuffing we chose ordinary sandwich bread, which we “staled” in a low oven; this allowed it to soak up plenty of liquid. To infuse the stuffing with meaty turkey flavor, we browned turkey wings on the stovetop, then used the same pan to sauté the aromatics. When we placed the stuffing in a baking dish, we arranged the seared wings on top—as they cooked, their rendered fat infused the stuffing with rich flavor. Covering the baking dish with foil prevented the top of the stuffing from drying out, while placing a baking sheet underneath the dish protected the bottom layer from the oven’s heat.

You might need to buy:
  • minced fresh thyme leaves
  • minced fresh sage leaves
  • bulk pork sausage
  • vegetable oil
  • ground black pepper
  • low-sodium chicken broth
  • dried cherries