Food52 Content Creator Shares Her Thanksgiving Must-Haves

Thanksgiving is a big cooking holiday for my family, and everyone gets to work (after watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course). Whether it’s setting the table, preparing the greens or stirring the pot of gravy, there’s always something to do! However, these tasks don’t feel tedious, no matter how simple they are. When I was young I loved sitting with my mom and grandma and tearing apart day-old bread to stuff and watching from a distance as my dad and grandpa prepared the turkey. Now that I’m older and interested in cooking, my parents let me take on new tasks, such as finding a gravy recipe or making mac and cheese.

Our menu has been made up of the same dishes since I was a kid, and it’s one of those meals you look forward to all year round. Warm mashed potatoes, juicy turkey, and herbaceous stuffing are going to be more than just “holiday foods.” It turns into this delicious spread that’s even more special because it’s shared and made by the people I love most. The preparation can always be exhausting, but once everything is on the table and my family and I can finally dig into our hard work, I realize how much I should be grateful.

1. One-Pot Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Mac and cheese is a must on my Thanksgiving table! This one contains pumpkin and comes together in one jar, so I don’t have to sacrifice precious oven space.

2. Easy Apple Galette

I love pie as much as the next person, but lately I’ve been especially driven to galettes. You get all the same flavor profiles as a traditional pie (butter crust and sweet warm fruit fillings), but the result is a bit more rustic and comes together quickly. Serving with vanilla ice cream is non-negotiable!

3. Traditional sage filling

This recipe is no-frills and uses just a handful of ingredients (it doesn’t need much!), including lots of fresh sage. Your house will smell great, and frankly, that’s one of the many benefits of making stuffing, in addition to eating it.

4. Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy

Gravy is the icing on the cake of a great mashed potato. This vegetarian version is lively and has so much umami thanks to dried mushrooms, fried shallots, soy sauce, fresh thyme and sherry. I have to stop myself from eating this stuff by the spoonful!

1. Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Baking Sheets

These aluminum baking sheets are my go-to in the kitchen. They come in a variety of sizes, including a jelly roll pan that’s perfect for squeezing into that extra space in a packed oven.

2. Saber Bistrot Cutlery

This has not been scientifically proven, but my food tastes better with this cutlery. The shiny, stainless steel finish gives it a classic look and adds charm to my dining table.

3. Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid

I never have to pull out a serving dish when using this baking dish. I love the shape, the sturdy handles and the color variations (Artichaut is my favorite!).

4. Mepal Microwave Storage Bowls

The only thing better than a Thanksgiving meal is enjoying the leftovers. These are microwave safe containers, so when you’re ready to eat, pop them in and enjoy!


What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Share with us in the comments!

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