Here we break down the feast into this one-stop Thanksgiving cheat sheet: Get first-time hosting tips, the best recipes (turkey, starters, sides and sweets), comprehensive how-tos and clever decorating ideas.

  1. 1 Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Plus More Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    Sides: Front and Center

    Fill guests' plates with a combo of classic sides — velvety mashed potatoes, ruby-red cranberry sauce and green bean casserole — and unique Cooking Channel-style twists.

  2. 2 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

    It's Turkey Time

    Turn out a perfectly cooked turkey with our top tips (brining and beyond), and amp up flavors with herbs and spices.

  3. 3 Salted Caramel Apple Pie + More Thanksgiving Desserts

    Dig Into Dessert

    Save room for our spread of apple, pumpkin and sweet potato pies –– and even more dessert recipes in a bevy of fall flavors.

  4. 4 Kelsey Nixon's Thanksgiving

    A Kelsey’s Essentials Thanksgiving

    Kelsey shares her Web-exclusive menu, mix-and-match stuffing recipes and tips for hosting your tastiest Thanksgiving yet.

  5. 5 Deviled Eggs + More Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

    Savory Starters

    Offer tiny indulgences that hint at the feast to come: spicy deviled eggs, creamy soups, crostini bites and more.

  6. 6 Thanksgiving Countdown Timeline + Shopping List

    Countdown to Thanksgiving

    Don’t panic: We've got the two-week timeline and shopping list to get you ready for Thanksgiving in stress-free fashion.

  7. 7 Thanksgiving Table Decorations

    Entertain Like an Expert

    Set the stage for your feast with Cooking Channel's table decorating ideas, and get more hosting tools and tricks.

  8. 8 Green Bean Casserole Wellington + More Thanksgiving Side Dish Pies

    Thanksgiving in a Crust

    Why save those flaky crusts for dessert? We reinvent the 7 most-classic Turkey Day side dishes as savory pies.

  9. 9 Cooking Channel Thanksgiving Specials

    Thanksgiving on Cooking Channel

    Tune in to Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos' Tuscan Thanksgiving plus tons of turkey-filled TV November 9 to 16.

  10. 10 Dressing + Stuffing Recipes

    Ditch the Boxed Stuffing

    Whether you're stuffing the bird or dressing your buffet, experiment with these different bread bases and mix-ins.

  11. 11 Lattice Apple Sheet Pie for a Crowd

    Genius Thanksgiving Hacks

    Face Turkey Day prep with these MacGyver-like tricks, including baking a double-sized pie in a sheet pan.

  12. 12 Top-Rated Thanksgiving Recipes from Cooking Channel

    50 Top-Rated Recipes

    Can't narrow down your picks for the feast? Choose from Cooking Channel's most-popular, highest-rated recipes.

  13. 13 Vanilla Sweet Potato Puree + More Speedy Sides

    The Easiest Thanksgiving Recipes

    When speed is of the essence, whip up these sides and sweets that cut back on prep time — but not on flavor.

  14. 14 How to Host Your First Thanksgiving

    Host Your First Thanksgiving

    Ace your first hosting gig: Plan in advance, keep guests happy and ensure that your food is both fresh and tasty.

  15. 15 Caramel-Apple Cheesecake + More Apple Dessert Recipes

    Fall Harvest Desserts

    Decorate your dessert display with apple cheesecake, crumbles and bread pudding, plus twists on classic pumpkin pie.

  16. 16 Alton Brown's Tips

    Alton Brown, Turkey Master

    Get Alton’s foolproof turkey tips, from his brining secrets to how to truss the turkey and get an evenly cooked bird.

  17. 17 Fixes for Thanksgiving Disasters

    Help! Thanksgiving Disasters, Averted

    Lumpy potatoes? Cracked pie? Undercooked turkey? We've got 10 quick fixes for all your Thanksgiving quandaries.

  18. 18 5 Convenience Food Tricks for Thanksgiving

    Beat Your Budget

    Savvy shopping and some clever recipe upgrades turn prepared goods and frugal foods into your glamorous-looking meal.

  19. 19 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

    Make-Ahead Thanksgiving

    Prep these easy sides and desserts in advance to limit day-of stress (or to tote to a potluck Thanksgiving meal).

  20. 20 Nadia G.'s Pie Crust

    Pick Your Pie

    Watch 10 Cooking Channel chefs tackle pie crust, from Nadia G's coconut-almond tart shell to a simple phyllo dough.

  21. 21 Autumnal Game-Day Dips

    Autumnal Game-Day Dips

    Embrace seasonal ingredients and flavors in your assembly of dips for football fans, like this pumpkin seed salsa.

  22. 22 Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

    Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

    Host a small-crowd meal with one-plate portions of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberries.

  23. 23 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

    Get in the Spirit(s)

    Round out your feast with festive cocktails and big-batch drinks that incorporate fresh fall ingredients and Thanksgiving flavors.

  24. 24 Thanksgiving Soup Recipes

    Start with Soup

    Warm guests up with creamy, spiced soups made out of seasonal squash and fresh fall veggies.

  25. 25 Southern Thanksgiving Menu

    Down-South Decadence

    Host a Southern-style feast with fried turkey, braised greens, cornbread dressing and a streusel-topped sweet potato pie.

  26. 26 Stove Top Sides Recipes

    Stovetop Sides

    Prep these pots-and-pans sides while you're finishing up your turkey, and don't worry about the oven shuffle.

  27. 27 Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Recipes

    Orange You Glad?

    Roasted and glazed with sugary syrups, carrots and sweet potatoes become the dessert-like stars of your dinner spread.

  28. 28 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

    Recipes for Leftovers

    Turkey turns into a savory soup, mashed potatoes fill quesadillas and sweet potatoes become breakfast stars.

  29. 29 Thanksgiving Vegetarian Recipes

    Veggie Delight

    Offer meat-free mains like a chickpea-squash stew and a Veggieducken roast to satisfy your vegetarian guests.

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