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For me Thanksgiving is philadelphia fish house punch with Alice Waters’ potato gratin, freshly baked no-knead thyme dinner rolls, homemade red wine cranberry sauce, stuffing with Bell’s seasoning or kale and cranberries, and Ronnie Hollingsworth’s most excellent squash pie.

In other words, the turkey is optional. I would be happy with a delicious butternut squash lasagna. That said, I love nothing more than leftover turkey (or ham) sandwiches with my grandmother’s mustard sauce.

Here are a few more ideas—Happy Thanksgiving to you friends!

25 side dishes to make for Thanksgiving.

25+ Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Classic Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes & More

Just-baked buttermilk biscuits on a cooling rack.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Just-baked sweet potato casserole.

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

Classic bread stuffing in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Thanksgiving Menu 2021: Pull-Apart Rolls, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Classic Stuffing, Pie, Make-Ahead Gravy, and More

A par-baked pie crust.

How to Parbake (and Blind Bake) Pie Crust + Foolproof Flaky Pie Dough

A bowl of herby buttermilk mashed potatoes.

Creamy (no-cream) Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Variations (Herbs, Roasted Garlic)

25 side dishes to make for Thanksgiving.

25 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

A whole roasted turkey on a platter

How To Dry Brine and Roast A Turkey

A montage of Thanksgiving 2019 recipes.

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

A large Mason jar filled with make-ahead gravy.

Simple Make-Ahead Gravy

An overhead shot of a 9x13-inch pan filled with just-baked stuffing.

Freezable Stuffing with Kale and Caramelized Onions

A pumpkin pie decorated with pie cookies.

A Tip for No-Shrink Pie Crust + Pie Crust Cookies

A white serving bowl filled with winter tabbouleh and roasted delicata squash slices.

Winter Tabbouleh with Roasted Delicata Squash

A bowl of raw collard green salad with roasted delicata squash, toasted almonds, golden raisins, and shaved parmesan.

Raw Collard Green Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash, Almonds, & Parmesan

Sister Pie's Salted Maple Pie

Sister Pie’s Salted Maple Pie

A bowl of roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds, Manchego, and balsamic.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Manchego and Almonds

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

My Favorite Holiday-Preparation Trick

Apple cobble with hot sugar crust, just baked.

Apple Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust

A bowl of kale salad with shallot vinaigrette.

Favorite Kale Salad + Large Batch Shallot Vinaigrette

A cheese board filled with homemade three-seed crackers, cheese, candied pepitas, fruit, and quince paste.

Three-Seed Crackers (Raincoast Crisps Copycat Recipe)

An overhead shot of a slice of no corn syrup bourbon pecan pie on a plate.

Homemade Bourbon Pecan Pie (No Corn Syrup)

An overhead shot of a 9x13-inch pan filled with just-baked stuffing.

Thanksgiving 2017

An overhead shot of a jar filled with no-cook cranberry sauce.

Easy No-Cook Cranberry Sauce