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32 Genius Recipes for Thanksgiving

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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




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



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"



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].



Tags: genius, Thanksgiving, holiday, turkey, pie, sides