Staff Picks

Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: Unrated
Thanksgiving isn't complete without a homemade sweet potato casserole. Top this lightened version of a basic sweet potato casserole recipe with both marshmallows and toasted pecans. Need more Thanksgiving side dish ideas? Check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.
By Alison Ashton

Easy Peach Cobbler

Rating: Unrated
What could be a more perfect ending to a summertime meal than easy peach cobbler? Savor the flavors of summer with sliced fresh peaches cooking away with butter and spices. The topping can made from pantry ingredients you have on hand and peaches can easily be substituted with any fruit you have depending on the time of year. The tang of the lemon juice paired with the sweetness of the peaches is perfectly balanced with the crisp topping. Want to make dessert even better? A dollop of fresh whipped cream or cold vanilla ice cream truly makes it the perfect way to end a summer night.

White Cake with Cranberry Filling and Orange Buttercream

Rating: Unrated
This melt-in-your-mouth cake will be the star of your holiday meal. Your guests will be begging for the recipe!

Classic Roast Turkey

This traditional roasted turkey is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners.

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: Unrated
This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk.

Smoked Turkey Breast

Rating: Unrated
Smoked Turkey Breast is a winning choice for your Thanksgiving table or any dining occasion. This turkey breast is bursting with smoky flavor, incredibly moist, and super tender too.
By Mary Catherine and Drew Curren

Pan-Seared Strip Steak

Rating: Unrated
This fantastic strip steak is the perfect dinner for date night or any special occasion that deserves something extra delicious on the table. A little butter adds richness and keeps the leaner-than-usual beef moist without adding much in the way of total fat. Don't know how to cook steak on the stove? No worries! Not only is this one of our best steak recipes, it's incredibly easy. However, a word of caution: This recipe is smoky! Keep your exhaust fan on high or cook in a skillet on a hot outdoor grill.
By Robin Bashinsky

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: Unrated
Give up the box mix because making Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese from scratch is easier than you think.
By Stewart Gordon, Charleston, South Carolina

Seasoned Roast Turkey

Rating: Unrated
This gorgeous turkey is seasoned with nine spices for flavor impact. Note that it also releases lots of delectable drippings for some dynamite gravy.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Acorns

Creating these chocolate "nuts" couldn't be easier; it's a great assembly-line project for kids (though we can't promise they won't sneak a little chocolate!).

Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Rating: Unrated
This mild, kid-friendly sauce is creamy and velvety, with a subtle tang from sharp cheddar. Try it with steamed or sautéed veggies, baked potatoes, nachos, open-faced roast beef sandwiches, and hot cooked macaroni or penne. Using sharp cheddar cheese is important here, as you want the zippy flavor mild just doesn't have. And here's a bonus: This slimmed-down sauce boasts a fraction of the fat you'd find in regular or processed cheese sauces.
By Vanessa Pruett

Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy

Rating: Unrated
This turkey is a pleasure to offer on your table. It's incredibly moist and flavorful, and it received our highest Test Kitchens rating. Brining is an overnight process, so if you're using a frozen turkey, be sure to thaw it well in advance. Choose turkey-sized plastic oven bags for brining the turkey. Use two bags to prevent brine from leaking, and place the turkey in a large stockpot as another precaution. This recipe goes with Savory Herb Gravy.
By Diane Morgan

Inspiration and Ideas

Soulful Chicken Soup

Rating: Unrated
No dish is quite as soothing as a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup. Slow cookers couldn't have made the road to comfort any easier: Simply toss in the ingredients, switch on, and then walk away. We love old-fashioned, wide egg noodles for this recipe. To make sure they aren't mushy and overcooked, don't leave them in the slow cooker any longer than 10 minutes.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

We’ve got a triple-threat here: Rich red velvet, gooey, fudgy brownies, and tangy cheesecake unite to form a dessert bar everyone will love. These red velvet cheesecake brownies are decadent without being too sweet, thanks to the cheesecake swirl, and a delicious twist on plain old brownies. They slice super clean, but remain gooey and soft. If you like your brownies fudgy bake them on the lower 30-minute end. For cakier brownies, bake longer, up to 35 minutes. Lining your pan with parchment keeps these from sticking to the pan, making them much easier to slice.

Cheesy Potato Bake

This Cheesy Potato Bake makes a great potluck dish or side for brunch. It’s super easy to mix together and throw in the oven, and you can even assemble it a day ahead and bake just before serving. You can use any brand of shredded hash browns, or make it with fresh potatoes that you peel, boil and dice beforehand. Cream of bacon soup is readily available, even if you’ve never heard of it.