10 Dishes to Get You Excited For Thanksgiving

Just ask YumSugar, there's no one who gets more excited about Thanksgiving than yours truly. It's my favorite holiday and while I've been telling myself not to worry about it, the time has come: We are officially in November and I'm ready to talk turkey. And mashed potatoes. And gravy. And cranberry sauce. Well, you get the idea! To encourage you to start thinking about the big day, I rounded up our best Thanksgiving recipes.

  • Cranberry Sauce - Once you learn how easy it is to make cranberry sauce, you'll definitely want to shelf the jellied can variation and reach for the real thing.
  • Pecan Pie- If you purchase a premade pie crust, this classic pecan pie comes together in minutes. No electrical equipment necessary!
  • Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Hash - Think outside the box. Instead of serving traditional mashed potatoes, offer your family this Brussels sprout, bacon, and potato hash.
  • Pumpkin Cake - Need a dessert that will impress? Make this three layer pumpkin cake. The cake is layered with pecan brittle and whipped cream cheese frosting.
  • Wild Rice and Goat Cheese Stuffing - Chorizo, wild rice, and goat cheese aren't your average stuffing ingredients, yet Bobby Flay uses them to make one insanely scrumptious stuffing.
  • Turkey Shepard's Pie - Knowing what to do with the leftovers is just as important as planning the real dinner. The next day serve up this turkey shepherd's pie.
  • Pumpkin Soup - Pureed pumpkin soup with a fried sage leaf garnish is an elegant starter than can be made several days in advance.
  • Pumpkin Meringue Pie - Everyone expects classic pumpkin pie, but this recipe for pumpkin meringue pie with creamed cheese pastry will blow guests away.
  • Drop Biscuit - Take some help from Cook's Illustrated and make their tried and trusted best drop biscuits. The simple recipe comes together in thirty minutes.
  • Mushroom Crostata - Don't overlook the appetizers. Guests will need something to tide them over until the bird is done. Slices of mushroom crostata pair perfectly with a glass of sparkling wine.

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