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Here's How To Cook The Best Thanksgiving Feast Of Your Life

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So you're hosting a Thanksgiving dinner and you're starting to freak out a little — we get it.

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But there's no need to stress! Why? Because we created a simple Thanksgiving survival guide that has everything you could possibly need to succeed.

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Need in-depth instructions for roasting your first turkey? We've got you covered. Steps for making homemade gravy? We have that, too.

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Just about everything you could possibly need to win at Thanksgiving is in this post, with links to full explanations and recipes.

And FYI, we will be adding new guides, cooking tips, recipes, and explainers throughout the month to prep you for the big day, so check back often!

Ready to start planning for Thanksgiving? Let's do it!

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Because sometimes you have to get back to the basics to really nail your Thanksgiving menu. Here are a few guides to help you navigate the most important meal of the year and create a feast for the ages.

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How To Roast The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

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Roasting a Thanksgiving turkey can be intimidating. By rethinking the entire process, we created a 100% manageable game plan and developed a simple, foolproof method to cook the best turkey of your life.

Recipe and step-by-step here.

How To Make The Best Mashed Potatoes For Every Taste

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A step-by-step guide to creating your ultimate Thanksgiving mash — from chunky skin-on varieties to the creamiest mashed potatoes you've ever had.

Recipes and step-by-step here.

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How To Make The Stuffing Of Your Dreams

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Stuffing comes in many shapes, sizes, and flavors — and it takes a bit of practice to perfect. To get your started, we made a lil' cheat sheet completed with four recipes.

Recipes and step-by-step here.

How To Make The Perfect Pies

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A Thanksgiving feast is nothing without great pies. To make sure you impress all your guests, we've gathered all our best tips and tricks to ace your pie crust and create amazing fillings.

Tips and recipe here and step-by-step video here.

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How To Make The Ultimate Dinner Rolls

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Because the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is the rolls. I mean, how would you sop up all of the flavorful turkey juices without a dinner roll?

Tips and recipe here.

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Looking for emblematic Thanksgiving recipes you can trust? Look no further! We have the classics covered (like green bean casseroles) but included a few fun ones in case you wanted to change things up a bit. Cranberry jello shots, anyone?

Vegetable Gratin Three Ways

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Can't agree on what veggie to make this year? No worries! This three-in-one casserole cooks Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and corn side by side to make sure everyone has something they love. (Oh, and it's all covered in cheese and breadcrumbs, so even straight up veggie haters will love this recipe.)

Recipe here.

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Cranberry Jello Shots

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The perfect thing to get the party started, whether you're eating with friends or family (especially if you're eating with family).

Recipe here.

Green Bean Casserole

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This homemade version of the Thanksgiving classic ditches the canned soup and replaces it with a homemade cream sauce to take it to the next level.

Recipe here.

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Slow Cooker Collard Greens

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The best part about this recipe? You can throw everything into the slow cooker in the morning and forget about it. By the time dinner comes around, the greens will be perfectly tender and ready.

Recipe here.

Cornmeal Popovers

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These humble popovers are the perfect thing to soak up all of the Turkey drippings — and they're make-ahead friendly, too. Prepare the batter the night before and bake them right before the big meal.

Recipe here.

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Half and Half Sweet Potato Casserole

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This sweet potato casserole is half sweet, half savory. The perfect recipe to please literally everyone.

Recipe here.

Festive Stuffed Acorn Squash

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The perfect vegetarian main that's both beautiful and delicious.

Recipe here.

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Because we wanted to make sure you picked the absolute best recipes to make on the big day — so we did the testing for you.

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The Ultimate Apple Pie Showdown

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We tested apple pie recipes from Michael Symon, Michelle Obama, Martha Stewart, and Gordon Ramsay — and the winner was pretty obvious.

Showdown here.

The Ultimate Turkey Showdown

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Turkey recipes from Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri, Ayesha Curry, and Alton Brown — all very different, but one was clearly the best.

Showdown here.

We will be adding new Thanksgiving recipes and guides throughout the month, so come back soon!

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