More than 75 delectable entrees, sides, and desserts for the perfect holiday meal.
This simple recipe showcases the pure flavor of ripe avocados, and pairs perfectly with tortilla chips. See the recipe for Guacamole » Luca Trovato 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 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 Puréed tomatoes, pepper-flavored vodka, and a pimento-stuffed green olive make the perfect hybrid of two bar staples, the Bloody Mary and classic martini. Michael Kraus This drink is one of our favorites to make with Rittenhouse rye whiskey. Todd Coleman A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this pie a standout. Michael Kraus 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 Indulge in a creamy, frosty blend of caramel and vanilla. André Baranowski This recipe for a chocolate and banana layered shake is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes (Norton, 2009) by Adam Ried. André Baranowski _ Tony Gemignani, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco_ “What separates real Neapolitan pizza from other styles? If you ask me, everything.” Read the complete SAVEUR 100 story » See the complete list of SAVEUR 100 items » Todd Coleman The crust is made with raw pecans, a flavorful counterpoint to the traditional spiced filling. Plus, this pie is naturally gluten-free. Anna Stockwell The recipe for this classic, layered cocktail originally appeared in Bottoms Up! Y Como!, a brochure published in 1934 by the Agua Caliente resort in Tijuana, Mexico. See the recipe for Tequila Sunrise » Penny De Los Santos 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 Steeped in cinnamon and cloves, this nonalcoholic potion lends a warm, fragrant note to chilly nights. Russell Kaye 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 By carefully layering the apples you can create a beautiful rose pattern in this elegant fruit tart. Todd Coleman 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 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 This sweet-tart wine punch was invented by members of the Junior League of Houston book club in the 1970s. Michael Kraus This drink takes its ruby color from blackberry liqueur. Michael Kraus Here is a simple but tasty snack of melted cheese, beans, and tortilla chips. See the recipe for Sour Cream Nachos » Laurie Smith This recipe is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried. André Baranowski Andreas Xerakia, a Greek-born resident of New York City, slow-roasts a whole lamb every year for his family’s celebratory Easter dinner. Our editorial assistant, Maria Xerakia (daughter of Andreas), writes: “My relatives here are crowding around the lamb, enjoying their handpicked petsa (skin) and psaxno (meat).” See the Recipe Anna Stockwell A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this pie a standout. Michael Kraus 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 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 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 Lime juice, Worcestershire, and hot sauce add kick to this spicy lager refresher. Michael Kraus 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 Watermelon gives the Silver Coin Margarita, from Austin’s Fonda San Miguel, its refreshing kick. We recommend using Herradura Silver Tequila. André Baranowski This elegant shaken margarita is more tart than sweet. Michael Kraus 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 Throughout the South, sweet tea is nothing to be taken lightly—most families have a preferred recipe, this is ours. Michael Kraus The mixologist at Bar Americain who gave us this recipe had one thing in mind when creating this cocktail: to come up with something tropical, refreshing, and—most importantly—loaded with tequila. Debbie Snow 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. This classic cocktail was likely invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, circa 1931. See the recipe for Sidecar » Christopher HIrsheimer The daiquiri is said to have been invented in Cuba in 1898. The banana daiquiri, however, was apparently first concocted some 50 years ago at St. Thomas’ Mountaintop bar in the U.S. Virgin Islands. See the recipe for Banana Daiquiri » Christopher Hirsheimer 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 Some Brazilians substitute vodka for the fiery cachaça–sugarcane brandy–in this classic drink and call the result a caipiroska. Tuca Reines