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How to Make the Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner

Elena North-Kelly

November 14, 2016

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Looking for something new to put on your holiday table? With a menu that's a healthy mix of classic dishes and creative twists on old favorites, we've got your Thanksgiving game plan covered. 

Lombardy-Style Stuffed Turkey
"This is the way I do my Thanksgiving turkey, which makes it a lot easier than a whole bird when it comes down to carving,” says JBF Award winner Mario Batali. Riffing on the traditional whole-roasted bird, Batali butterflies the breast; stuffs it with hearty sausage, chestnuts, prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and a host of aromatics; and rolls it up into one festive package.

Brioche Stuffing
This elegant twist uses festive, wine-soaked currants. Substitute any dried fruit for colorful side dish, or expand even more with additions like chorizo, sage, and oysters.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Let's be honest: you just can't go wrong with the caramelized veg and crispy bacon. Making this dish is never a mistake, especially when it's James Beard's own version.

Schmaltz Smashed Potatoes 
JBF Chefs Boot Camp alum Josh Kulp takes a waste-less approach at Honey Butter Fried Chicken, using what might normally be discarded during the cooking process to create other delicious menu items. This indulgent holiday side uses leftover chicken bones and fat to create the silkiest, most flavorful mashed potatoes you'll ever serve.

Parker House Rolls
James Beard's buttery, soft, slightly sweet rolls are just what you need to mop up that extra gravy on your plate.

Chocolate Pecan Pie
This decadent pie from JBF Award winner Jimmy Bannos Jr. combines two time-honored American traditions: pecan pie on Turkey Day, and gooey, gloppy chocolate. Don't forget the whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! 

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Elena North-Kelly is managing editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.