Holiday Recipes and Menus

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Crowd Pleasing Thanksgiving Menu

A Crowd-Pleasing Thanksgiving

We couldn't resist creating a menu of our staff's favorite Thanksgiving recipes—from Louisiana-style spinach madeleine and cheddar cheese biscuits to family heirloom recipes such as apple, sausage, and sage stuffing and Van Valkenburg hot slaw—updated with new classics including an autumn panzanella, sage-brined turkey, and brown butter walnut pie with sour whipped cream. This crowd-pleasing spread definitely has something for everyone. Get the full menu »Vanessa Rees

Cedar-Smoked Salmon

UNITED STATES You don't need a smoker to lend a slightly spicy, faintly sweetish hint of the outdoors to fresh salmon. On board a friend's boat in Alaskan waters, we improvised this method with strips from cedar logs. Back home, we substituted shakes of untreated aromatic cedar (sold by the bundle at lumberyards and hardware stores).Christopher Hirsheimer
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New York Cocktail

New York Cocktail

This drink is one of our favorites to make with Rittenhouse rye whiskey.Todd Coleman
Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this pie a standout.Michael Kraus
Maura McEvoy
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Ben Fink
Bananas Foster Milkshake

Bananas Foster Milkshake

Caramel and rum are perfect partners for bananas in this thick and creamy milk shake, a riff on a classic New Orleans dessert; we got the idea for the shake from our friend Drew Curren, chef of 24 Diner in Austin, Texas. You can substitute a porter beer for the rum, if you like.Caitlin Santomauro
Malted Caramel Shake

Malted Caramel Shake

Indulge in a creamy, frosty blend of caramel and vanilla.André Baranowski
Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake

Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake

This recipe for a chocolate and banana layered shake is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes (Norton, 2009) by Adam Ried.André Baranowski
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André Baranowski
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Pumpkin Pie with Brown Sugar-Pecan Crust

Pumpkin Pie with Brown Sugar-Pecan Crust

The crust is made with raw pecans, a flavorful counterpoint to the traditional spiced filling. Plus, this pie is naturally gluten-free.Anna Stockwell
André Baranowski

Filet a Salmon

It's easy, and worthwhile, to filet your own salmon: not only is doing so far more economical than buying presliced filets, but the practice gives you access to all the tasty, overlooked parts of the fish, such as the belly, head, and collars. See How to Filet a Salmon »André Baranowski

Mulled Apple Cider

Steeped in cinnamon and cloves, this nonalcoholic potion lends a warm, fragrant note to chilly nights.Russell Kaye
Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

Los Angeles's Brown Derby closed its doors long ago, but this classic salad, invented in 1937 by the restaurant's owner, Robert H. Cobb, lives on.André Baranowski
French Apple Tart

French Apple Tart

By carefully layering the apples you can create a beautiful rose pattern in this elegant fruit tart.Todd Coleman

Henry C. Ramos's Gin Fizz

A mix of orange flower water and gin gives this venerable New Orleans cocktail a floral character with hints of juniper, while an egg white and heavy cream give it frothy body. The longer you shake the cocktail, the frothier it gets. See the recipe for Henry C. Ramos's Gin Fizz »Penny De Los Santos
Caitlin Santomauro

Horchata with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds

Horchata, a cool, creamy drink popular across Latin America, is frequently made from ground almonds and rice. This decadent adaptation, spiked with cinnamon and dark chocolate, tastes rich and nutty and makes a delightful liquid dessert.Sarah Karnasiewicz
Book Club Sangria

Book Club Sangria

This sweet-tart wine punch was invented by members of the Junior League of Houston book club in the 1970s.Michael Kraus

Chico

Chico
This drink takes its ruby color from blackberry liqueur.Michael Kraus
Christopher Hirsheimer
Strawberry Milk Shake

Strawberry Milk Shake

This recipe is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried.André Baranowski

Pumpkin Pie

SAVEUR consulting editor Marion Cunningham has spent years tinkering with her pumpkin pie recipe. This is her latest version. See the recipe for Pumpkin Pie »Evan Sklar
André Baranowski
Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita

The prickly pear cactus thrives in the deserts of the American Southwest; its bulbous red fruit is prized for many Mexican and Tex-Mex preparations. This legendary margarita, which takes its distinctive flavor from the fruit, comes from bartender Ruben Bernal at Las Canarias restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.André Baranowski

Hot Toddy

Though toddies can be prepared with practically any alcohol, David Wondrich (an expert on the history of the American cocktail) makes a case that pot-stilled spirits, such as cognac, single-malt scotch, and some dark rums, ryes, and bourbons (like Woodford Reserve), produce the best results. See the recipe for Hot Toddy »Sarah Karnasiewicz
Tex-Mex Michelada

Tex-Mex Michelada

Lime juice, Worcestershire, and hot sauce add kick to this spicy lager refresher.Michael Kraus

Grilled Baby Artichokes

Whether cooked over coals or under a broiler, tender halved baby artichokes have a delicate yet concentrated flavor and a crisp exterior. See the recipe for Grilled Baby Artichokes »André Baranowski
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Silver Coin Margarita

Watermelon gives the Silver Coin Margarita, from Austin's Fonda San Miguel, its refreshing kick. We recommend using Herradura Silver Tequila.André Baranowski
Michael Kraus

Kentucky Club Margarita

This elegant shaken margarita is more tart than sweet.Michael Kraus

Glogg

This traditional Swedish Christmas punch--spiked with red wine, port, and vodka--is not for the faint of heart. Our version, from noted chef Marcus Samuelsson, was inspired by his memories of the glogg his grandmother made in her kitchen in Goteberg, Sweden. See the recipe for Glogg »Christopher Hirsheimer
Russell Kaye
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Sweet Iced Tea

Throughout the South, sweet tea is nothing to be taken lightly—most families have a preferred recipe, this is ours.Michael Kraus
Christopher Hirsheimer
Original Dry Martini

Original Dry Martini

A London dry gin can stand up to a lot more vermouth than you might suspect. The original 1910s-era formula for this iconic drink demonstrates that fact elegantly.Andre Baranowski

Sidecar

This classic cocktail was likely invented at Harry's New York Bar in Paris, circa 1931. See the recipe for Sidecar »Christopher HIrsheimer
Christopher Hirsheimer
Reed Davis
André Baranowski
Melanie Acevedo
Classic Mint Julep According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, mint juleps were originally made with cognac. Bourbon was probably adopted as a substitute by Southerners after the Civil War. See the recipe for the Mint Julep » Back to Juleps for the Kentucky Derby »Andr¿ Baranowski
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