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Fall Fest: Chefs’ Best Brussels Sprouts

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

 Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts seem to strike fear into the heart of most children, but I’ve never understood why they developed such a bad rap. They’re hearty and filling and, when cooked properly, develop a beautifully crispy exterior. All of these recipes can be made in 50 minutes or less, making them easy side dish solutions that will win over even the most resistant of Brussels sprouts haters.

1. Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (pictured above)
Sunny Anderson uses just four ingredients to make these crispy Brussels sprouts. After cooking bacon in a large skillet, reserve the fat and add melted butter before cooking the Brussels sprouts until golden brown. Toss the chopped bacon back in and serve immediately.

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Sifted: Latke Pie Crust, Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread + More

Latke Pumpkin Pie by My Name is Yeh

  1. Break tradition with this pumpkin pie with latke crust. My Name is Yeh describes the sweet and salty combo “as dipping your fries in a pumpkin frosty, if pumpkin frosties existed.”
  2. Life Made Sweet shares her secret to pretty, perfectly round lace florentine cookies
  3. Hungry holiday guests will swoon over caramelized cranberry and brie pull-apart bread by Vegetarian Ventures.
  4. Satisfy your morning sweet tooth with An Edible Mosaic’s guilt-free carrot cake oatmeal.
  5. Mixed with a whole head of roasted garlic, the Baker Chick’s recipe for smashed potatoes is a sure winner in this year’s Thanksgiving spread. 

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Hump Day Snack: The Cherpumple

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Is your overachieving cousin always trying to out-bake you at the Thanksgiving dessert table? If yes, or if you just want to knock your family’s socks off for your own satisfaction, try a cherpumple on for size. The moniker stems from the ingredients housed inside this sweet behemoth, specifically cherry, pumpkin and apple pies which are each baked into their own cake layer. In other words, it’s the over-stuffed dessert version of a turducken. While admittedly insane, it’s also a rather genius creation for bringing to the biggest feast of the year, and it’s fairly simple to assemble if you use pre-made pies and cake mix.

The three layers usually follow this pattern: a base of cherry pie baked inside chocolate cake, pumpkin pie baked inside spice cake and apple pie baked inside yellow (or white) cake — which is all finally smothered in vanilla frosting. Just be aware that you may require a dolly to wheel this bad boy to the table, as cherpumples are known to weigh between ten and twenty pounds depending on how large the layers are. Get the full instructions for building this sugary stacked monstrosity, and if you’re feeling extra ambitious, bake each layer from scratch with Cooking Channel’s best cherpumple-appropriate recipes:

Thanksgiving Week on Cooking Channel

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday of true feasting, of overstuffed plates, and of coming together with friends and family to share a potluck-like meal of traditional American dishes. It may come as no surprise that Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year here on Cooking Channel, and it’s never too early to start planning. So get ready for Turkey Day with Thanksgiving Week on Cooking Channel every night at 8pm ET from Sunday, Nov. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 16.

Start Sunday with the Deen Brothers Thanksgiving special. Bobby and Jamie Deen are cooking up a feast for the entire family. Taking inspiration from their roots, the brothers are making traditional dishes of the South with a twist, from Sweet Potato Souffle and Country Cornbread Dressing with Pecans to Southern Fried Turkey.

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Thirsty Thursday: Apple Toddy

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Our post-Halloween palates tend to crave something comforting, warming and delicately spiced as the holiday season rolls in and the weather grows increasingly nippy. This Apple Toddy is the perfect accompaniment to chilly winter nights and serves as a delicious reminder of seasonal pleasures.

While a traditional hot toddy involves whiskey and warm spices, this cider-based version gets a boozy boost from brandy. Simmer together apple cider, orange wedges studded with cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Ladle the steaming beverage into mugs along with a shot of brandy, and top with a luxurious dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Hump Day Snack: Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Now that we’ve entered the feasting month of November, chances are that you’re beginning to plan out your Thanksgiving dinner, course by course. Maybe you’re even inspired to model dessert after the savory dishes themselves? If so, consider this sweet alternative to pumpkin pie: cupcakes that mimic all of Thanksgiving’s classic dishes. Made with pumpkin cake, multicolored buttercream and a whole mess of fondant, these cupcakes take after a turkey leg, mashed potatoes with gravy and even green bean casserole. Obviously coloring and rolling fondant takes time, so only attempt these if you’ve got a backup kitchen crew to assist you in the prep, or make them the day before Thanksgiving so you’re not stamping out fondant kernels of corn while your guests wait in hunger at the table. Get the full cupcake tutorial and then dig in to some of Cooking Channel’s best Thanksgiving-ready sweets:

This Thanksgiving Burger Has Everything But The Pumpkin Pie

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Now that Halloween has come and gone, the next holiday on our list is good ole Thanksgiving. Sure, Thanksgiving tends to end in familial shouting matches and/or silence contests depending on how your loved ones deal with stress, but it also tends to give us great grub. Get a head start on all of that turkey gobbling with this Thanksgiving-themed burger.

California burger chain Slater’s 50/50, who are no stranger to this blog, are back with a tryptophan-filled creation. Their Thanksgiving Burger features a turkey patty topped with brioche stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and sage mayo. It comes stuffed in a honey wheat bun. What, no mashed potatoes guys?

The burger will be available throughout the month of November at all locations. This is not the first time the chain has rustled up this concoction. It’s been a November mainstay for the past few years. It’s like the McRib of, uh, Thankgiving-themed burger creations.

Fall Fest: Easy Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Keep your carving pumpkins for Halloween while you turn sugar pumpkins, a petite and sweet variety, into a creamy pasta sauce. They’re easy to slice open and roast (save the seeds for snacking) and can be used to blend into sauces, sliced up and served with other roasted vegetables or turned into homemade pumpkin puree. The puree of 1 small sugar pumpkin should work out to equal one 15-ounce can.

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Leftover Makeover: Tasty Thanksgiving Remixes

I don’t know about you, but after Thanksgiving I can only handle one day of turkey-cranberry-stuffing sandwiches. After that, I start to get bored — and bloated.

Instead of treading the same-old leftover route, turn your Turkey Day extras into something different with Turkey Tacos (shown above). They’re great with white or dark meat; it doesn’t matter. Just reheat the meat in a saute pan with onions, coriander, cumin and chile power, wrap it up in corn tortillas and top with whatever you like: lettuce, sour cream, lettuce; maybe some picked carrots and jalapenos for a little punch.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Made Fresh Again

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions, and the most universal tradition of all is leftovers. (Vegetarians may not serve turkey, but they serve plenty of everything else!) In fact Thanksgiving isn’t really just a one-day holiday. It keeps going until there’s no food left.

But dispensing of leftovers shouldn’t be a chore, it’s a treat. So here are some clever ways to share the Thanksgiving bounty with your departing guests.

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