Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

 Thanksgiving,Holidays,Recipes,Special Occasions
October 10, 2012

A holiday menu that guests will recognize, with flavors both traditional and updated

Citrus-Marinated Roast Turkey
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
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When your home is Turkey Central for Thanksgiving, serving a traditional meal is one less thing to worry about. That’s the good news. The even better news is that we’ve given old favorites a little extra something to make them special.

Our classic Thanksgiving menu features foods everyone expects: spiced pecans, marinated roast turkey, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie.

We’ve tinkered with the flavors a little. Choose the freshest pecans (usually labeled “new crop”), and coat them with a sweet and spicy herb mixture before toasting. Make plenty—once they’re in pretty bowls, they’ll go fast.

The turkey marinates in tangerine or orange juice, lots of garlic and pepper flakes before roasting to a crisp, deep brown exterior. Mashed potatoes are enriched and lightened in texture with creamy, tangy goat cheese. As for Brussels sprouts—forget boiling. These are sliced and quickly sautéed to a crisp texture and bright green color before getting a sprinkling of best-quality shredded Parmigiano Reggiano.

For dessert, an innovative two-layer pie settles the “pumpkin or pecan” debate. The bottom of each slice is good old pumpkin and the top is traditional pecan pie.

—By Nicki Pendleton Wood

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Citrus-Marinated Roast Turkey

Citrus-Marinated Roasted Turkey

This turkey is steeped in a marinade of fresh orange juice, garlic and rosemary, which is then used to baste the turkey.

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

How can one possibly improve on such a near-perfect food as mashed potatoes? By folding in tangy, earthy goat cheese, of course!

Spiced Pecans

Good and good for you.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

Brussels sprouts are traditional at British holiday tables -- make them a regular at yours, too.

pumpkin-pecan-pie-alternate-different-spin-thanksgiving-dessert-relish

Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

Can decide between Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie? Have both in these beautiful combination of the two.

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