Love it or hate it, cranberry sauce adds a much-needed jolt of color and flavor that cuts through the rich, very brown food on the Thanksgiving table. Sam Sifton’s cranberry sauce (above) is as classic as it gets, and it’s just four ingredients: fresh cranberries, sugar, orange juice and zest. For a fresher taste, whiz fresh cranberries, a whole orange (rind and all), a handful of pecans and honey in a food processor for a crunchy cranberry orange relish. If Thanksgiving is the one time each year you trot out your Jell-O mold, Julia Moskin’s cranberry-orange jelly is here for you.
Pumpkin pie, apple pie (above), pecan pie, sweet potato pie. We have all the classic Thanksgiving pies, but, if you’re looking for something a little different, may we suggest lemon meringue pie, brandied pumpkin pie, apple ombré pie, chocolate pecan pie or sweet potato casserole pie. Or make a bright purple ube pie, a vibrant green matcha pie or sunshine yellow mango pie. Start with Melissa Clark’s pie crust recipe. If there are vegans at the table this year, we have a vegan pumpkin pie and a vegan pie crust that everyone will love.