Mary Sue Milliken's Thanksgiving Recipes

When planning a Thanksgiving menu, one of the first things I think about as a chef is how to get as much variety as possible on the table. At my family's Thanksgiving, this happens through sheer volume, but even three-dish menus can be filled with complimentary flavors. Turkey is a wonderfully versatile bird that lends itself to a range of treatments. And with sides, the sky's the limit. —Mary Sue Milliken

Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Crispy baked kale, sweet roasted squash, and peppery arugula and watercress are combined with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds in this colorful salad.Ariana Lindquist
Roast Turkey with Celery-Root Stuffing and Giblet Gravy
Roast Turkey with Celery-Root Stuffing and Giblet Gravy
Celery root brings an earthy dimension to the stuffing for this crisp-skinned bird, which is dressed in a white wine, giblet, and mushroom gravy.Michael Kraus
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Shallots are quick-pickled and sautéed with green beans in this refreshing side.Ariana Lindquist
Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote
Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote
For this compote, roasted onions, bacon, and chestnuts are simmered in cream with cognac.Ariana Lindquist
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is braised in bacon drippings and enlivened with red wine vinegar and caraway seeds, making it a perfectly balanced holiday side.Ariana Lindquist
Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes
Creme fraiche mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes combined with butter and crème fraîche make a rich, creamy side. Any root vegetable can be used in combination with or in place of the potatoes.Farideh Sadeghin
Sweet Noodle Kugel
Sweet Noodle Kugel
Kugel—the creamy egg noodle casserole that's a staple of Jewish holiday cooking&dmash;gets a Midwestern topping of cornflakes in this Thanksgiving side dish.Ariana Lindquist
Tomato Pudding
Tomato Pudding
This satisfying side is made of homemade croutons, tomatoes, and pecorino cheese.Penny De Los Santos
Border Grill's Bloody Mary recipe
Border Grill Bloody Mary
Spicy tomatillo and cucumber ice cubes chill this twist on the classic brunch drink.Ariana Lindquist
Pear and Ginger Pie
Pear and Ginger Pie with Streusel Topping
Fresh ginger gives the filling of this pear pie a warming kick of spice, balanced by the buttery crumble of sweet streusel.Ariana Lindquist
Cranberry-Walnut Relish
Cranberry-Walnut Relish
Raw cranberries and earthy walnuts are transformed into a tart, fresh condiment for turkey.Farideh Sadeghin
Braised Turkey in Green Mole
Braised Turkey in Green Mole
Deconstructed turkey braised in a refreshing green mole provides a light and quick alternative to the standard Thanksgiving bird.Helen Rosner
Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey
Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey
Creamy baked yams mashed with butter, lime juice, and honey make an easy, bright autumn side dish.Helen Rosner
Red Rice
Red Rice
Perfect for soaking up the sauce from braised turkey in green mole, this rice dish gets its color and flavor from bright tomato salsa.Helen Rosner
Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Cumin-roasted carrots and parnsips
Toasted cumin seeds, mint, and lime juice intensify the sweetness of simple baked root vegetables.Helen Rosner
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Spicy Cornbread Stuffing
Spicy Cornbread Stuffing
Jalapeños and bacon add a twist to classic cornbread stuffing.Helen Rosner
Crepes Cajeta
Crepes Cajeta
Cajeta, a homemade caramel used in traditional Mexican desserts, is a terrific sauce to have on hand for drizzling over ice cream or baked treats.Helen Rosner
Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar
Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar
Black pepper is a major ingredient in this dish, so be sure to use fresh-cracked as opposed to pre-cracked pepper. Get the recipe »Helen Rosner
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
This simple, satisfying side rounds out any Thanksgiving dinner.Helen Rosner
Roasted Turkey with Achiote Citrus Marinade
Roasted Turkey with Achiote Citrus Marinade
Achiote paste gives the rub for this recipe a deep red hue, making for a visually striking roast holiday bird.Helen Rosner
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust
Creamy pumpkin filling over a ginger cookie crust provides a comforting balance of sweetness and spice.Helen Rosner
Border Grill Sugar Cookies
Border Grill Sugar Cookies
Potato chips give this treat from Mary Sue Milliken's Border Grill restaurant unexpected salt and crunch.Helen Rosner