Thanksgiving Dinner Buying Guide

As stressful as it sounds, planning a centerpiece. It's the main event, after all. The question most people grapple with is how much turkey they will need. The answer is usually about a pound to a pound and a half per person, which is enough to feed everyone and still have some leftovers. A few things to keep in mind when serving:


Now you have your bird. What's next?  Stuffing, of course! A tasty stuffing will complement the turkey and add zest and crunch to the meal. How you go about preparing this dish is a matter of personal taste. Some people choose to put the stuffing inside the bird, and others bake it separately. There is also stuffing; see a few recipes below.

Alternative Turkey Techniques

Slow oven roasting isn't the only way to prepare a turkey. There are several alternatives to this traditional method of preparing a bird. Read up on these techniques and figure out which you like best.

Side Dishes

Side dishes are the unsung heroes of the holiday meal. Rolls, noodles, casseroles, and salads can make your Thanksgiving dinner complete and they give you a little variety when it's time to dig into the leftovers. Be sure to offer your guests several choices; some may be trying to eat healthier while others might just dislike certain things. These days, you can order everything you need for the feast online, but you should really buy the vegetables locally for optimum freshness. See some popular side dish ideas below.


Did you save some room? Good! After the turkey, dessert is the best part of Thanksgiving, even better than both football and leftovers. Thanksgiving has a number of traditional sweets, but just about anything from a fruit platter to a seven-layer chocolate cake is appropriate. Satisfying your sweet tooth is priority one, though ideally your desserts have a seasonal slant: pumpkin cakes and berry pies are a good start; cinnamon is also essential as a seasoning. Here are a few favorites to start with, but let your imagination run wild.

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