Roast Chestnuts

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With so much food during the meal itself, no need to start off with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Serve these roast chestnuts as the guests arrive for a tasty--but not too filling--accompaniment for cocktails. View recipe here .
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Mushroom French Onion Soup

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This hearty, flavorful soup is an ideal way to start the Thanksgiving meal--and it's vegetarian, so even your guests that eschew meat will enjoy it. View recipe here .
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Hearts of Romaine with Artichokes

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This simple simple salad is another ideal starter, as it's light, flavorful, and leaves plenty of room for turkey and sides. View recipe here .
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Turkey With Anchovies

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Thanksgiving's signature dish is juicy and moist thanks to a secret ingredient: anchovies. Your guests will never guess what is making the bird so flavorful. View recipe here .

And for tips on how to select a good turkey, click here for a complete guide.

The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Peppered Beef Brisket

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Turkey isn't the only meat that belongs on the Thanksgiving table, however. For a change of pace, serve this brisket as well. View recipe here .
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Yams With Cranberry Chutney

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This colorful side combines two Thanksgiving classics: yams and cranberries. View recipe here .
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Vegetable Purees

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Beyond mashed potatoes: Vegetable purees highlight the season's produce and offer fresh dishes for the traditional table. Learn more here .

The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Natchez Spinach

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This dish offers another way to enjoy vegetables on Thanksgiving, but beware--it's so rich it's only legal to eat it twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. View recipe here .
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Cornbread Pudding Stuffed with Greens

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No Thanksgiving meal is complete without stuffing. View recipe here .
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Apple Desserts

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For dessert, nothing beats a dish made with seasonal fruit. Apples are a classic ingredient in Thanksgiving desserts, so you can select from a tarte tatin , an apple crumble , or a classic apple pie . And if you need help deciding which type of apple to use, click here for a guide to the full range of variations.
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Pear Desserts

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Pears are another fall fruit that makes an ideal end to a holiday meal. Sally Schneider offers nine ways to enjoy the fruit, while Zeke Emanuel gives recommendations for which varieties to try.
The Atlantic Thanksgiving Menu
From starters to dessert, everything you need for an unforgettable holiday meal.