The Serious Eats Guide to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving doesn't have to be stressful! Our one-stop guide has all our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, along with FAQs, and our go-to hacks for having the best Turkey Day, ever. From how to roast the turkey to baking some seriously decadent pie, our tips, tricks, and techniques have you covered.

Thanksgiving doesn't have to be stressful! Our one-stop guide has all our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, along with FAQs, and our go-to hacks for having the best Turkey Day, ever. From how to roast the turkey to baking some seriously decadent pie, our tips, tricks, and techniques have you covered.

Turkey

Let's Talk Turkey
From questions about defrosting and dry-brining to deep dives into the kinds of turkey you can buy and the benefits of spatchocking, we've got everything you need to know about how to make a big, beautiful bird for Thanksgiving. Want to try something new this year, like deep-fried turkey? Want to take sous vide for a spin? Or maybe you're strapped for oven space and need an alternative to roasting a whole bird. No matter the quandary, no matter how small a concern, we're here to help.
Prep, cook, and carve your way to success

Turkey Recipes and How-tos

Gravy

It's All Gravy
Arguably the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal, gravy is simple, delicious, and...the source of endless anxiety and frustration for some people. No more! We have tips for making gravy that's smooth as silk, tricks for getting lumps out if you didn't follow our tips, and a range of recipes, both traditional and nontraditional, to satisfy even the most discerning gravy hounds
Pour these silky-smooth gravies over everything

Gravy Recipes

Sweet Potatoes

Right in the Sweet Spot
While there may be some confusion about whether a sweet potato is a potato or not, there's no question that it deserves a place on your Thanksgiving table, either as a savory-sweet mash, a savory-sweet casserole, or in some other savory-sweet form. But if you have other questions about sweet potatoes, like how best to roast them or how to cook them sous vide, we've got answers.
Make it sweet but not too sweet

Sweet Potatoes Recipes

Stuffing

Our Favorite Ways to Get Stuffed
Stuffing, the most appropriately named Thanksgiving food, is always a crowd-pleaser, and the main dilemma you may face is what kind of stuffing to make. No matter which one you choose, whether it's Southern-style with cornbread or oysters, or something a little out there like stuffing muffins, we've got advice and ideas to help you do stuffing your way.
Perfect your stuffing (or dressing) game

Stuffing Recipes

Potatoes

Plenty of Spuds, Zero Duds
There are so many ways to make potatoes delicious that it's difficult to choose just one for Thanksgiving, but no matter what you choose—super fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes, an over-the-top Hasselback potato gratin, a Spanish-inflected potato salad with chorizo and sherry vinegar—we have tips, tricks, and techniques, all of them backed by science, to ensure your potatoes are always delicious and never gluey.
See casseroles, mashes, and roast potatoes galore

Potatoes Recipes

Pie

Everything You Need to Make It Easy As...
Second only to gravy in the Thanksgiving food pantheon, pie is sacred; pie is expected; pie is unequivocably, undeniably good, so you're going to need pie. We've got pie recipes galore—apple, pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, double chocolate, butternut squash...the list goes on! And we can give you everything you need to know about mastering pie dough, from making it and blind-baking it to creating lattice crusts (and even a tutorial on herringbone lattice, too!).
Master Thanksgiving pie

Pie Recipes