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Thanksgiving Recipes

I'm not sure of the protocol concerning an English person barging in on Thanksgiving; after all, the initial cause of gratitude was not just at setting foot in the land of plenty, but being shot of Blighty. Still, whatever the holiday, if food's included, I'm in. And the particularly fantastic thing about Thanksgiving is that, really, food is all it's about. Not that it isn't a good idea to remember those other matters one wants to give thanks for, too.

Thanksgiving is a tradition that encompasses everyone in America, regardless of culture or religion, and doesn't involve presents and wrapping and shopping: it is a feast that celebrates the act of feasting. You can't get purer than that! But to business: start the celebrations with Parmesan Shortbreads, which are easy to make (in advance if it helps) and quite the most delicious mouthful for any holiday gathering – and just the thing to nibble on when drinking. Cosmo Cocktail Sausages (think sausages imbued with the flavours of a Cosmopolitan Cocktail) can be party food, or sit alongside the Thanksgiving Turkey. Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows may be kitsch, but as a traditional Thanksgiving side, they are pretty hard to beat. And for dessert? Can I suggest my Pecan-Plus Pie (other nuts abundantly included) or Pumpkin Cheesecake? I know it is poor form to say this out loud, but I so much prefer this to the more traditional pumpkin pie. And of course my Holiday Hotcake With Eggnog Cream – worthy of Thanksgiving, indeed.

But please feel free to trawl through the rest of the recipes on the website for further inspiration. I leave you with a few suggestions, starting with the obvious Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey with Allspice Gravy (though you could also try my Italian-inspired Turkey Breast Stuffed With Sausage And Marsala-Steeped Cranberries and, for vegetarian celebrants, Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce. Also, there's Redder than Red Cranberry Sauce, plus a dessert-style Cranberry Syrup to be poured over ice cream, Spiced Peaches (out of a can, I'm not ashamed to say) which beg to be served with the big bird, as do the Green Bean And Lemon Casserole and my creamy Potato, Parsnip And Porcini Gratin. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

For me the only turkey is a brined one. Not only does it tenderize and add subtle spiciness, but it makes carving the turkey incredibly…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

For someone who’s never been to Vietnam, I am piling up quite a few recipes which are Vietnamese in inspiration if not origin.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 48 small squares

I have written a recipe for panettone stuffing before: the sweet seasonal fruit bread was cubed, toasted and mixed with Italian sausage;…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

I don’t need to tell you how beautiful this is: you can see. It’s extravagant, certainly, but it’s meant to be.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 30

These bonbons are almost alarmingly easy. I was inspired by a picture I saw in The Australian Women’s Weekly, fell…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 8-9 glasses

This is probably the most serviceable, all-round Christmas drink: eminently refreshing; satisfyingly quaffable. Think of it as a juicily…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

My not entirely orthodox way of turning out this otherwise classic dish of cream-softened potatoes has a lot going for it. Photo by…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 12

These beauties also make a very good alternative to mince pies. I buy the icing ready made and dyed (which is why it isn’t a…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

I love recipes using up leftovers, and this is a particular favourite because it suddenly goes off on another tangent, so to speak.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

For many of us, this Thanksgiving stalwart is beyond untraditional. To a European reader, no doubt to any non-American reader, it…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

Strictly speaking, I don't think of this as a casserole, but I know that this is the traditional nomenclature; and, besides, I do…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

Cool, satiny ice cream with a cranberry syrup so jewel-bright and shiny it could be made of molten lip gloss. My great aunt used to…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes approx. 12 slices

This is somewhat of an Anglo-American enterprise. I have taken a pecan pie, and added other nuts, simply because for me, the English…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 9 x 250ml / 1-cup sealable jars

Chutney is not the most obviously festive, seasonally indulgent, must-have foodstuff, but it is the cornerstone of my Christmas pantry.…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

I’ve always roasted honeyed parsnips alongside a turkey but as a marker of the culinary special relationship celebrated at Christmas,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield 14 slices

I have always avoided making chocolate tarts, not out of laziness (I love a bit of pastry-making, in the right mood), but because…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes approx. 20 generous slices

I’ve encountered quite a few versions of chocolate salame in Italy – coming to the conclusion that it’s really an…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

The pumpkin component here may come out of a can, but I don’t see that’s anything to be apologetic about. By all means,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield 50 / 25 sausages

I couldn’t help myself. I can’t have a party without some cocktail sausages and wanted to make them just a little bit…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10-12

Forget the name, this cake is heavenly. The crumb is tender, the filling and frosting luscious.  When I made it one friday, I…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 12

I know it might sound a bit of a faff, but take it from me that stuffing a whole double breast joint is very much easier than stuffing…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Yield 10-12 slices

This cake. It confounds me. It delights me. I never ever thought I would be in raptures about the joyfulness of a – yes –…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

A warming, welcoming pud full of seasonal spice that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. Truly a pudding to give thanks…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

While I was tempted to call this Italian Toast, rather than the almost tactless Panettone French Toast, I felt the latter title had…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

Sometimes, it makes sense to use one’s obsessions to advantage. I know that most people don’t have trivial light-bulb…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

I confess: it was the title that lured me. Tell me you don’t feel the same. I came across this in a recipe by Elinor Klivans,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

When I was a child, I don’t think fresh cranberries were ever seen in England. For me, cranberry sauce came out of a jar –…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

There is something so magnificent about a whole pumpkin stuffed with jewelled rice, that it doesn’t really need too many side…Read on

Posted by Konstant Kraver      Serves 6

By the konstant kraver This sweet potato round with pecans and its sinful maple syrup glaze will have you licking your fingers it…Read on

Posted by Steph77      Serves N/A

Nigella Thanks for your inspiring tips & tricks as well as the simple recipies for fantastic food! I have used your fudge chocolate-pistachio…Read on

Posted by mallomars      Serves 0

A savoury pumpkin side dish, perfect for autumn. This is a great side to any roast -- absolutely sumptuous with pork or lamb. This…Read on

Posted by tootsievalentine      Serves 1 pie

Easy to make and not particularly time consuming. Simple but really scrummy with a lovely soft texture! Perfect comfort food for a…Read on

Posted by bones      4-6

Traditional sage/cornbread dressing with oysters and crabmeat added, which results in something best described as a cross between…Read on

Posted by PH      1

I don't know if I created this drink, probably not, but I never saw it anywhere else. It can be served year round, but is very refreshing…Read on

Posted by charlie&henry's_mom      Serves dependent on size

I know you're thinking making fresh donuts is too much of a chore but these are truly worth it. It's not so much of a chore, really.…Read on

Posted by tasha_durbin      Serves 0

This recipe has been in my family for a while. I'm not sure where it originated. We have it every Thanksgiving and I fix it often…Read on

Posted by aussiefi      Serves 0

Yum - and low fat! What more could you ask for?! Read on

Posted by kamorgan75      6 - 8

Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without this rich canberry dish. It's more than a sauce and is excellent the day after on turkey…Read on

Posted by Raha Lane      Serves 4-6

This is a great side dish to Thanksgiving turkey.Read on

Posted by Raha Lane      Serves 4-6 as main dish

This is a great solution to Thanksgiving left-overs.Read on

Posted by christmasdreamer      Makes One Christmas Turkey

This is a family traditional recipe. Usually everybody loves it very much. I hope you do too!Read on

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