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32 Genius Recipes for Thanksgiving

November 14, 2015

It's not too late to give this year's Thanksgiving menu a little genius boost. You can still take measures to save your turkey from overcooking, just by sprinkling salt on it ahead (peek at the 300+ comments and you'll see that this simple move will give you the best turkey you've ever tasted—even just a day of dry-brining will make a difference).

You can make your green beans taste like green beans, instead of like mushrooms and cream. You can keep your whipped cream from deflating. You can add a punchy salad or craggy cornbread or unexpected spicy sauce to the roster, and come away with a livelier meal than years past.

Here are 32 ways that I might consider going about it.

Allen Miglore's Caesar Salad

caesar

 

Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche

butternut soup

 

Molly Wizenberg & Brandon Pettit's Red Wine Vinaigrette

 

Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad

 

Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates

sautéed dates

 

Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette

farm lettuces salad

 

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup

 

Toro Bravo's Radicchio Salad with Manchego Vinaigrette

 

Jessica Fechtor's Five-Fold Challah

challah

 

Northern Spy's Kale Salad

 

Engin Atkin's Turkish Radish and Herb Salad (Anatolian Gypsy Salad)

turkish radish

 

Jane Grigson's Celery Soup

 

Vera Obias' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread

 

Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts

haricots verts

 

Canal House's Cranberry-Port Gelée

 

 Jessica Koslow's Crispy Brown Rice "Kabbouleh"

kabbouleh 

 

Bryant Terry's Mustard Green Harissa

 

Bon Appétit's Radicchio Salad with Sourdough Dressing

radicchio salad

 

Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin

potato gratin

 

Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

 

Alon Shaya's Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Whipped Goat Cheese

 

Francis Mallmann's Potato Dominoes

 

Penelope Casa's Garlic Green Beans (Judias Verdes con Ajo)

 

Gabrielle Hamilton's Endive Salad in the Roman Puntarelle Style

endive salad

 

Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese

 

Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird)

 

Torrisi's Turkey

 

Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie

 

Nancy Silverton's Whipped Cream

 

Teddie's Apple Cake

 

Anne Willan's Ypocras (Spiced Red Wine)

 

And for Friday morning's breakfast:

Bert Greene's Potato Scallion Cakes (Fritterra)

Every week—often with your help—Food52's Creative Director Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius. Got a genius recipe to share—from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected].

 

 

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3 Comments

Waverly November 21, 2015
Love it! I baked and froze Teddy's Apple Cake last week - one of my favorites from Food52 (although I have many). I have not logged into Food52 in sometime....and today, here you are recommending the very cake I plan on taking to our Thanksgiving feast. For everyone who hasn't had the pleasure: Teddy's Apple Cake is wonderful. It can even be served for breakfast.
 
AntoniaJames November 23, 2014
Fritterra, yes, totally. That recipe needs a lot more love. We are not enthusiastic consumers of mashed potatoes, unlike the rest of the world, it seems, so I often make mashed potatoes just for the fritterra. So, so yes. ;o)
 
Fairmount_market November 22, 2014
I'm making brussels sprouts al la Madhur Jaffrey's genius stir-fried cabbage with fennel seeds for Thanksgiving.