The Basic Basics

Find the simplest version of all the Thanksgiving staples.

Photo By: Levi Brown

Turkey

Avoid stress on the big day and keep it simple. Count on this tried-and-true recipe for a perfectly golden and delicious roast turkey. 

Gravy

A good gravy needs only five basic ingredients: drippings, chicken broth, flour, salt and pepper. 

Green Beans

Garlic and pecans add flavor and texture to this side dish, without requiring a lot of time or effort. 

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes don't require a bunch of fancy ingredients. Just be sure to season them generously, and don't be shy with the butter. 

Stuffing

Onions, celery, apples, sage and thyme are key to a good traditional stuffing. 

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