Thanksgiving recipes have the potential to take a great meal and make it extraordinary. From the turkey to the stuffing to the other side dishes, preparing for the holiday doesn’t have to be overly stressful. Here at Kendall-Jackson, executive chef Justin Wangler has pulled together several different Thanksgiving dishes to help ensure your celebration with friends and family is a memorable one.
In the past, chef Justin has shared some favorite Thanksgiving recipes with Better Homes And Gardens, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Lifehacker, and here on the Kendall-Jackson blog. This year we decided to round up some of the most popular dishes into one place. And, as a bonus, we’re offering perfect wine pairings to go with each dish, to help make sure the whole meal is a hit.
From Thanksgiving dessert recipes to gluten-free and vegetarian stuffing recipes, we hope you enjoy the holiday.
Results Of The Harold McGee Turkey Experiment
Getting the Turkey right is an important part of just about everyone’s Thanksgiving. But over cooked, dry breast meat is the downfall of too many. With this easy technique, you can be sure that your turkey is cooked just right, with moist white meat and dark meat that’s cooked all the way through.
Pair your Thanksgiving Turkey with Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay.
Vegetarian And Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing For Thanksgiving
An allergy is no reason to sacrifice flavor at Thanksgiving; neither is the choice to be vegetarian. This year, our culinary team worked hard to create a vegetarian and gluten-free recipe for cornbread stuffing. This stuffing doesn’t sacrifice flavor and it ensures that everyone at the table will be able to enjoy the meal.
Pair this gluten-free and vegetarian stuffing with Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir.
Brazilian-Style Collard Greens
No meal would be complete without some green vegetables on the table. A family member of our chef made these greens for Thanksgiving a few years ago, and it has become a staple of Chef Justin’s table. Easy, simple and delicious. Sure to be a hit.
Pair these collard greens with Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Savory Butternut Squash Dressing
Everyone loves a good Thanksgiving stuffing. This recipe can be prepared at the last minute, because it doesn’t take too long to cook. More of a bread pudding than a regular stuffing, this stuffing will bring your meal together, and your friends will be asking you to bring along to their house next year.
Pair this stuffing with Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay.
Pear & Arugula Salad
It’s easy to get bogged down in heavy recipes. This easy-to-make Thanksgiving side takes just a few minutes and is sure to bring a fresh, bright note to your meal that will help balance out all those potatoes.
Pair this pear and arugula salad with Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
Pumpkin Mousse Tart
No meal would be complete without something a little sweet at the end. This Thanksgiving dessert recipe is a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. The mousse is lighter and airier than the traditional dish, and is the perfect way to end the meal.
Pair the pumpkin mousse tart with Kendall-Jackson Late Harvest Chardonnay.