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Thanksgiving 2021 Recipes, Menus, Strategies, and Tips

Thanksgiving is often called the Super Bowl of cooking, and that's not a bad analogy. Pulling off a Thanksgiving meal does take strategy and teamwork, after all. A little practice doesn't hurt, either. But what really makes a winning Thanksgiving is three things: an exciting menu; delicious, fail-proof recipes; and solid Thanksgiving techniques—all three of which you'll find below.

Turkey 101

Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgiving Turkey and Gravy

After reading through these turkey FAQs, you’ll have all the intel you need.

The Case for a Thanksgiving of Dark Meat Only

Skip the usual roast and opt instead for whole confit turkey legs infused with the flavor of confit garlic, guajillo chiles, and oregano.

This Thanksgiving Turkey Is Actually a Chicken

Turkey might be traditional, but a chicken is the better bird for your wallet, stress levels, and leftovers game.

Thanksgivings Big, Small, and Vegetarian

Thanksgiving Every Way: Menus for 2021

In 2021, you can do Thanksgiving however you want; we've designed these menus to help.

Go Deeper Into Dressing

Thanksgiving Stuffing (and Dressing): A Roadmap

Including the definitive answer to “Should I cook the stuffing inside the bird?”

Want Crispy Bits In Your Stuffing? Do This.

You'll feel strange when you do it. But it works.

Epi's 2021 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder

Epi’s 2021 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder

Meet the tool that’ll help you find your ideal recipe for turkey, stuffing, dessert, and more.

Potatoes for Everyone

Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgiving Potatoes

You have potato problems? We've got spudlutions. (I really apologize for this terrible pun.)

For the Crispiest, Crackliest Roasted Potatoes, You Need Egg Whites

Tossing baby potatoes in egg whites before roasting them means you’ll have crispy-crackly spuds—in record time.

Cranberry Sauce 101

No Gluten, No Meat, No Problem

These Miso-Maple Walnuts Are Ready for Holiday Snacking

Serve them with cocktails or even give them as gifts to loved ones this holiday season.

May All Your Whip Be Marshmallow Whip

This two-for-one topping will be the talk of your holiday party.

For Holiday Desserts, Ditch the Vanilla and Raid Your Liquor Cabinet Instead

When it comes to holiday baking, look to liqueurs, spirits, and fortified wines for a glorious range of flavoring options.

Do You Even Glaze, Bro?

Glazing vegetables is a foundational cooking technique, but that doesn’t mean it’s basic.

Combine Ube and Coconut for an Ultraviolet Pie Unlike Any Other

Turn a jar of Philippine purple yam spread, plus a few eggs and can of coconut milk, into this shockingly hued dream of a dessert.

The Secret to Great Gluten-Free Gravy Is Sticky Rice Flour

To figure out how to make the best gluten-free gravy, I tested five different wheat-free flour options.

Pumpkin Pie Is Better Under Pressure

All you need is a pinch of baking soda and an Instant Pot to coax out toasty caramel flavors from your pumpkin filling.

We’re Just Here for the Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches

Who needs a whole roast turkey when you can have juicy, spice-crusted meat on a tender roll?

For the Best Vegan Stuffing, Butter Is Out, Herb Oil Is In

A flavor-packed oil is a delicious replacement for butter in dairy-free recipes.

Do You Have Enough Serveware for Thanksgiving? 

Don’t make a plethora of sides, only to realize you don’t have enough spoons to serve them all. Here are a few serving pieces that will fill the gaps—and be useful to you year-round.

Skip the Whole Bird and Make Crispy Fried Turkey Wings This Year

Save your precious oven space and deep-fry those flavorful wings, which remain perfectly juicy on the inside and incredibly crispy on the outside, thanks to a few tricks.

7 Steps to Better Thanksgiving Stuffing

After taste-testing tons of top-rated Epi recipes, we found the intel we needed to make the ultimate version.

How to Prep a Turkey for Thanksgiving

Getting the bird ready to roast can be intimidating, but don't worry—you're gonna nail this.