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