What's Deb Perelman Making for Thanksgiving?

November 15, 2016

Over the course of Smitten Kitchen's ten year life, Deb Perelman has amassed enough Thanksgiving recipes to fill a whole table with her own brainchildren: There's apple cider sangria, pretzel Parker House rolls, squash toasts, kale and caramelized onion stuffing, green bean casserole, root vegetable gratin, classic pumpkin pie with pecan praline sauce... and the list goes on. You could have an entirely Smitten Kitchen Thanksgiving—and we're tempted to!

I don’t think we travel by buses, trains, cars and planes, often during inclement weather...for an edgy new recipe someone found in a fancy food magazine this year.
Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen

But we asked Deb to look, perhaps unnecessarily, outside her own site and use our Thanksgiving Menu Genie to see if it could tempt with any new-to-her recipes.

With the exception of Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Deb's picks are fairly classic, which makes sense considering her Turkey Day mantra: "I don’t think we travel by buses, trains, cars and planes, often during inclement weather and even more brutal traffic because we’re secretly hoping our family ditched the known-and-loved standards [...] for an edgy new recipe someone found in a fancy food magazine this year."

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Preview her choices below, then look at her whole menu here and try the Genie yourself:

What about you: Do you try fancy new recipes on Thanksgiving or do you stick with family classics? Tell us in the comments.

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FJT November 15, 2016
This will be my third Thanksgiving in the US and I've been on my own for all of them (no big deal - my husband has always been abroad on business and this year is no exception. I give myself a treat and indulge myself with new recipes. This year I've got a Moroccan theme going. Definitely no turkey or mash!
AntoniaJames November 15, 2016
I always try at least one or two new recipes and always include several old favorites. Sometimes the old favorites are re-formatted a bit. Many of the now old-favorites were new things that I tried in years past.

Our mantra re Thanksgiving menus is simple: "She can prepare whatever she wants for Thanksgiving, as long as pecan pie is included for dessert." The southern boy gets his beloved pecan pie and I get to do whatever I darn well please. Altogether a perfect state of affairs. ;o)
thechewinn-nova.com November 15, 2016
I'll make Seco de Res in addition to the smoked turkey and ham we're having due to the demise of Peruvian restaurants since 2008 in Northern Virginia (NoVA). Now, I have counted it as a special occasion food under my Holiday dinner list.
Ali S. November 15, 2016
Four! Pies!
Kenzi W. November 15, 2016
Go Deb.