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10 Things New Englanders Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table

10 Things New Englanders Always Have on Their Thanksgiving Table


A traditional Thanksgiving dinner (and plenty of seafood)

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New England is where the first Thanksgiving took place, so the recipes in that region are steeped in tradition. You’ll find a perfectly roasted turkey at the center of every table alongside cranberry sauce and a traditional pumpkin pie. Because of the East Coast’s affinity for seafood, it’s not uncommon to have oysters in your stuffing and clams in your pre-dinner dip. This Thanksgiving, cook up these 10 traditional recipes for a holiday inspired by the northeastern corner of the country.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

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Clam Dip

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New England and clams go together like turkey and gravy. This delicious dip is perfect for snacking on while you watch football and wait for the turkey to come out of the oven.

Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey

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Hickory Bacon-Wrapped Venison Filet

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Oyster Stuffing

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts With Prosciutto

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Parker House Rolls

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Cranberry-Pear Chutney

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Maple Pumpkin Pie

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Mulled Apple Cider

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10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.


10 Best Thanksgiving Menus to Try This Year

If you can't decide which menu you like best, take a little from each one and make your own!

Whether you've been at the helm of your family's Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're new to the whole hosting thing, Turkey Day may look a little different this year. Instead of a huge gathering, you might find yourself having a small group instead. Who among us has experience crafting a Thanksgiving menu for just a handful of people?

Well. actually, Ree Drummond does! Last year, only eight people sat at her dinner table: her and Ladd, their four kids, and two guests. Her verdict? While she'll always prefer a larger gathering, she found catering to a small crew to be much more relaxing. "I was so chill, I took a nap while I was stirring gravy! I was so chill, I carved the turkey while I was taking a shower!" she jokes.

Whether or not you're also embracing the silver linings that come with a smaller guest list, the delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas ahead will help you plan an unforgettable holiday. This could be the perfect time to try out new Thanksgiving traditions or break out a fresh Thanksgiving side dish (green bean recipes, anyone?). You could also make a thoroughly original Southern Thanksgiving menu complete with all your favorite comfort food recipes. You'll find all that and more here, plus an ultra-traditional menu, a vegetarian menu, a meat lover's menu, and more. And if you'd rather craft your own by picking and choosing a few recipes from each, go ahead!

But whatever you do, don't pare the servings down too much. Seconds (and thirds) are still mandatory on Thanksgiving&mdasheven in 2020.

For some particularly carnivorous families, one roast turkey just isn't enough. That's the spirit in which this list of meat-centric Thanksgiving dishes was compiled. There is, of course, a turkey on this menu&mdashand it's a delicious one at that, featuring a citrus brine and tons of flavor. But that's not the only protein you can look forward to seeing on your plate: Every single one of the sides here is loaded with the stuff, including those bacon-laden biscuits.