10 Thanksgiving entrées

With 6 turkey recipes and 4 hearty vegetarian dishes, we've got something for everyone at the table

A Thanksgiving plate of juniper and herb roast turkey.

Jim Henkens; Karen Shinto

Thanksgiving main dish recipes

Juniper-and-Herb Roast Turkey

Presalting theThanksgiving  turkey ― not to mention covering the breast and drumsticks with bacon ― adds flavor and helps it stay moist during roasting.

Recipe:  Juniper-and-herb Roast Turkey

A Thanksgiving recipe for dry-cured rosemary turkey.

Monica Buck

Dry-Cured Rosemary Turkey

This method avoids the fuss of brining, but still results in a succulent, flavorful bird.

Recipe:  Dry-Cured Rosemary Turkey

A Thanksgiving platter of wine smoked turkey wth a side of gravy.

Leigh Beisch; Dan Becker

Wine-smoked Turkey

Smoking turkey on the grill with wine-infused wood chips gives the bird lots of flavor and provides extra oven space.

Recipe:  Wine-smoked Turkey

A Thanksgiving barbecued glazed turkey from the grill.

Leigh Beisch; Dan Becker

Barbecued Glazed Turkey

Out West, we love to grill everything, and turkey is no exception. It gives somewhat bland turkey meat an exceptional smoky flavor.

Recipe:  Barbecued Glazed Turkey

A Thanksgiving feast of spice-rubbed roast turkey.

James Carrier

Spice-rubbed Roast Turkey

Pick your favorite from our five choices of spice blends then rub it into your turkey for that extra flavor punch.

Recipe:  Spice-rubbed Roast Turkey

Sage and Thyme Smoked Turkey

Annabelle Breakey

Sage and Thyme Smoked Turkey

Cooked in a water smoker, the Thanksgiving bird takes on a whole new flavor. It just might become your holiday tradition. We created this juicy, fragrant bird flavored with herbs and apple­wood smoke. You’ll need 4 small metal skewers to close up the turkey’s cavities.


Sage and Thyme Smoked Turkey (using a water smoker)

Sage and Thyme Smoked Turkey on a Gas Grill

Sage and Thyme Smoked Turkey on a Charcoal Grill

A vegetarian option for Thanksgiving: zinfandel risotto with roasted beets and walnuts.

Rachel Weill; Dan Becker

Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts

Together, the fruity dark wine and the ruby-hued beets tint this risotto a festive shade of red--vegetarians will find this to be a very satisfying alternative to the big bird.

Recipe:  Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts

A vegetarian Thanksgiving alternative of pearl couscous with fall vegetables and caramelized onions.

Rachel Weill; Dan Becker

Pearl Couscous with Fall Vegetables and Caramelized Onions

A fragrant, brothy pile of chewy couscous, spicy vegetables, and tangy-sweet onions: Move over, turkey!

Recipe:  Pearl Couscous with Fall Vegetables and Caramelized Onions

A vegetarian meal of roasted vegetables and polenta.

James Carrier

Autumn Vegetable Ragout with Soft Polenta

A savory medley of roasted fall vegetables tops creamy polenta in this hearty vegetarian main course.

Recipe:  Autumn Vegetable Ragout with Soft Polenta

A vegetarian Thanksgiving meal of spaghetti squash with jalapeno cream.

Leigh Beisch; Dan Becker

Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream

We've tossed spaghetti squash with a spicy cream sauce and baked it, mac-'n'-cheese-style, for a warming, hearty dish that doubles easily and reheats beautifully.

Recipe:  Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream

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