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The Thanksgiving Feast: What's Your "Must-Have" Dish? by FavePages Team

by FavePages Team, posted to Food & Drink

Whether it's warm roast turkey, buttery potatoes, sweet cranberry sauce of a plate piled high with tasty treats, we want to know: what's your "must-have" Thanksgiving dish? Links to your own blog posts, recipes or photographs are encouraged!

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COCKTAIL: The Autumn Buck

Lantern’s Keep’s Autumn Buck: a concoction of ginger syrup, apple...more

Suggested by jyork

Intimate, cozy and recently hailed as one of Time Out New York’s Best Winter Bars, Lantern’s Keep is quickly becoming a hotspot for cocktail aficionados, Broadway stars, theatre goers and business professionals alike.

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Suggested by reneeferguson

Cranberry-Orange Salsa is an easy recipe that does triple duty to make you look like a rock star! Perfect to serve on a block of cream cheese with crackers as an appetizer, delicious colorful sidedish and fabulous on sandwiches the next day!

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APPETIZER: Fig & Toasted Almond Brie

Suggested by Sher

This is a tantelizing appetizer to nosh on before after the big meal. It goes great with turkey (think sweet cranberry sauce or this).

Jackie: I have been craving figs and goat cheese but this sounds like an awesome combination! Must try :)

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APPETIZER: Red Potatoes With Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Not so long ago, I fell in love with mini twice-baked potatoes....more

Suggested by Jackie

These look delicious!! And they are vegetarian..I think I will be trying these this coming feast day :)

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APPETIZER: Chicken Liver Pate' Crostini


A classic appetizer in Italy is chicken liver crostini, served in...more

Suggested by Ashley Bartner

Pate' + Prosecco = Perfect Start

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SIDE DISH: Tangy Roasted Brussel Sprouts

These roasted brussel sprouts are caramelized to perfection then...more

Suggested by Pamela Braun

This brussel sprouts will convert even the most stubborn of eaters that they're delicious. Warning: they are very addicting.

Jackie: I am going to have to try this recipe. I have a new found love of this veggie but do not know how to cook it!

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SIDE DISH: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes

This is my new favorite recipe and will be on the table this...more

Suggested by Courtney Foster

Prep time is 10 minutes at the most but the taste is amazing!

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SIDE DISH: Brussel Sprouts

How to Cook Brussels Sprouts: Simply roasting them brings out their...more

Suggested by Matt @ FaveDiets

This is by far one of the tastiest dishes that gets served at my Thanksgiving table, and I think I look forward to these Brussels sprouts more than anything else served.

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SIDE DISH: Grilled Artichokes with Basil Curry Sauce (via The Healthy Apple) *VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE*

I'm not gunna lie. When I think of artichokes, I think of lots of work...more

Suggested by Amie Valpone

Gluten-Free, Vegan and Dairy-Free. Perfect for Turkey Day!

Eden Godsoe: This sounds delicious.

Krista: I really want to try this!

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SIDE DISH: Sauteed Green Beans

Suggested by Krista

I absolutely LOVE sauteed green beans. Perfect with potatoes & some ham. I also pick ham over turkey any day!

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SIDE DISH: Peas & Onions

Suggested by Alex Cushman Ota

My must-have Thanksgiving dish is the easiest thing in the world--peas and pearl onions, which are found in the frozen food section of your grocer. My grandmother, and then my mother, has served this dish for Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, and it's the ONLY time of year that we eat it.

Eden Godsoe: Big fan of peas!

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SIDE DISH: Stuffing

Suggested by Fawnda Camarillo


Jackie: My mom makes such good stuffing! I wish I could have it for lunch right now :)

hihorosie: stuffing is a MUST!

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SIDE DISH: Thanksgiving Stuffing

The stuffing is my favorite "must have." It’s fairly hard to mess up...more

Suggested by Carol

Poblano peppers, chorizo and cornbread...the perfect twist to the usual stuffing!

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SIDE DISH: Herb Stuffing Muffins

A classic Thanksgiving recipe for herb stuffing, baked in muffin tins...more

Suggested by Kathy Strahs

It's not Thanksgiving at our house without the stuffing - these stuffing muffins give the perfect individual portions, with plenty of crispy edges. :-)

Jackie: Interesting...stuffing is definitely one of my favorite sides and I like this concept. I will have to check it out :)

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SIDE DISH: Thanksgiving Stuffing (cooked in a Pumpkin on your BBQ!)

This unique stuffing recipe with sausage, ham and wild rice is cooked...more

Suggested by IanB

This recipe is becoming popular as people look for interesting alternatives to presenting traditional thanksgiving recipes. This stuffing recipe takes a bit of time but the taste and visual appeal will have your family asking for it every year.

Larissa: This is unique indeed, what a festive and fun idea. Thanks IanB!

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SIDE DISH: Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Suggested by Jackie

I LOVE mashed potatoes and gravy! Such a classic and simple side yet will always be my favorite and must have dish for Thanksgiving.

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SIDE DISH: Roasted Butternut Squash with Oregano & Mint


Hearty fall dish, perfect for the holidays.

Suggested by Ashley Bartner

A spin on squash - not the same nutmeg & cinnamon recipe!

Jackie: Sounds good!

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SIDE DISH: Cranberry Sauce


Suggested by Beuna Tomalino

I never like cranberry sauce until my daughter found this recipe. Now we make it every year. It is simple to make, healthy, and tasty!

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SIDE DISH: Classic Cranberry Mold (via The Green Samaritan)

From Williams Sonoma - this cranberry mold made with fresh cranberries...more

Suggested by GreenSamaritan

Easy, healthy and beautiful on the table!

Eden Godsoe: Looks yummy and love the mold from Williams Sonoma

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SIDE DISH: Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash with Five-Spice Marshmallows


A delicious sweet potato and butternut squash casserole that is revved...more

Suggested by Joanne Bruno

This is list-worthy because it's a fun spin on a classic recipe that will leave your guests reaching for spoonful after spoonful!

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SIDE DISH: Bok Choy Salad via A Greener Kitchen

Bok Choy Salad may not sound like a traditional Thanksgiving side...more

Suggested by Lacey Lybecker

This Bok Choy Salad is an "un"-traditional Thanksgiving side dish worth making any time of year!

Jackie: Thanks for adding this! I have been looking forward to this recipe :)

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Fresh green beans, mushrooms, crispy shallots and breadcrumbs in a...more

Suggested by Native Foods Cafe

Green bean casserole is a great tradition! Grandma will never know her recipe has no dairy these days... It is that good!

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Mashed potatoes with coconut milk and roasted garlic.

Suggested by Native Foods Cafe

The coconut milk makes these tubers nice and rich and creamy and the roasted garlic adds an amazing flavor profile.

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SIDE DISH: Spice Islands Sweet Potato Risotto

A non-traditional twist on Thanksgiving sweet potatoes

Suggested by Spice Islands

A non-traditional twist on Thanksgiving sweet potatoes.

Eden Godsoe: Write a comment

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SIDE DISH: Fried Sweet Potatoes


Sweet Potato Fries

Suggested by Swati Sapna

A must have for every meal... And whats Thanksgiving without some potatoes?!

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SIDE DISH: Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

My family begs me to make this creamy baked dish every Thanksgiving...more

Suggested by Larissa

Casseroles aren't really my thing, and I'm kinda meh on sweet potatoes, but I LOVE this dish. The sweetness balances out the meal and it's always a crowd pleaser!

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SIDE DISH: Potato Fennel Gratin *VEGAN*

Thinly sliced Yukon Golds, fennel, and apples layered with a creamy...more

Suggested by Native Foods Cafe

This light yet creamy gratin is the perfect side dish as it incorporates potatoes, fennel and apples in one dish! A true fall casserole. They are sliced very thin then layered with a cashew based cream sauce! Dairy-free and delicious... and sure crowd pleaser.

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MAIN COURSE: Spice Islands Vanilla Brined Turkey

This bird is unlike any you’ve tasted with a generous dose of...more

Suggested by Spice Islands

This bird is unlike any you’ve tasted with a generous dose of spices, bourbon and aromatics

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MAIN COURSE: Aunt Jean's Crock Pot Tofurky *VEGETARIAN*

Suggested by Danielle Giordano Caldwell

This simple vegetarian recipe makes for a moist, delicious Tofurky Roast and will have you asking, does it get any easier then this?

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MAIN COURSE: Roasted Duck with Plum Sauce & Edible Organic Green Tea Leaves (via Eat Green Tea)

Tired of turkey dishes? Try another popular holiday poultry dish. Few...more

Suggested by Anthony Codispoti

Cooking with just 1 teaspoon of edible green tea leaves gives the same number of antioxidants found in 30 cups of brewed tea.

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MAIN COURSE: A Concious Thanksgiving Plate

The Conscious Plate - The way food was meant to be.

Suggested by The Conscious Plate

This article provides some great tips for a Conscious Thanksgiving Plate; one that will taste delicious and leave you feeling great. Plus two delicious recipes just in time for Thanksgiving!

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DESSERT: Pumpkin Cheesecake (via The Budget Diet)

This Pumpkin Cheesecake is frugalicious (frugal and delicious) because...more

Suggested by Kristl Story's the most important course!

FavePages Team: YES - amazing! Another good alternative is regular cheesecake with a side of pumpkin ice cream...

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DESSERT: Pumpkin Pie (via The Family Chef) *GLUTEN FREE*

This recipe is quite near to my heart; it was my first blog entry 4...more

Suggested by Chef Amy Fothergill

By far, the best recipe I have used. My students love this and you make the no-fail crust in a food processor.

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DESSERT: Allergen-Friendly Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Gather everyone around the table to enjoy this moist and delicious...more

Suggested by Betty

Made with no nuts, no dairy, no eggs, and no gluten--no kidding!

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DESSERT: Pumpkin Seed Brittle

A great spiced pumpkin seed brittle recipe from Sophistimom

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

Maybe its not a "must have" dish but it certainly is a "can't go wrong" inclusion. Pumpkin seed brittle is yummy on its own or served with pie, ice cream or other sweets.

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DESSERT: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins


Choco chip muffins

Suggested by Swati Sapna

Sometimes the simplest of things make a day all-time favorite!

Jackie: This sounds delicious!

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DESSERT: 3 Delicious Cakes


Some delicious cake recipes

Suggested by Swati Sapna

3 delicious cakes that can make the perfect Thanksgiving dessert!

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DESSERT: Pecan Pie

Suggested by Blond Duck

My long time favorite is this pecan pie...I write an ode to it every year!

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DESSERT: Skillet Apple Pie via America's Test Kitchen


Saw this on Red Tricycle and it looks delish. Apple pandowdy harks...more

Suggested by Erin

You don't have to worry about breaking the crust!

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DESSERT: Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie (via Claire Robinson)

• 1 ½ cups ice ...more

Suggested by bha1016

Enjoy as a delicious mid-afternoon snack or after your turkey dinner!

Jackie: Sounds soooo good!

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LEFTOVERS: Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Wrap (via The Fresh Diet)

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, here’s a healthy recipe for you...more

Suggested by The Fresh Diet

It's easy to make and comes in at less than 300 calories & packs 23 grams of protein - gobble gobble!

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RELATED LIST: Healthy and Delicious Holiday Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers after the holiday season,...more

Check out Larissa's round-up of the best leftover ideas and recipes from around the web.

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RELATED LIST: Beyond Pumpkin Pie | 15 Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts Recipe Roundup

Cranberry Curd Bars with Walnut Shortbread Crust

Suggested by Jackie

Dessert is my favorite part of any meal, so here are some great recipes for desserts other than the traditional pumpkin pie.

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RELATED LIST: Cheat Sheet for a Trader Joe's Thanksgiving

Suggested by Claudia

We all love Thanksgiving for one main reason: Food! Fear no more! Compliment your tasty turkey with some of these easy side dishes inspired by Trader Joe's of course.

Jackie: Great sides for the non-cookers like me!! lol

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