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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: Assistant Chef Joe Breaton carries out a turkey prior to actor Stephen Baldwin serving Thanksgiving dinner to men and women at the New York City Rescue Mission on November 23, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

Everyone has their own traditions and favorite foods for Thanksgiving based on their culture, family traditions, and preferences. But if we get down to basics, most thanksgiving meals have five main dishes: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. 

Here are great videos with tutorials and recipes on each dish. 


Philly Boy Jay has a great recipe for turkey and a step-by-step video on how to properly make it. For this recipe, a lot of ingredients aren’t necessary either. You’ll need a defrosted turkey, onion, green peppers, flour, oven bags, seasonings, butter, and chicken stock. Watch the video below.

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe: How to Cook Tender Juicy Turkey - How to Make Homemade Turkey Gravy

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There are a lot of ways to make stuffing from scratch. I Heart Recipes has a great of making the dish using cornbread as the main ingredient. Watch the step-by-step video with instructions below.

Soul Food Cornbread Dressing Recipe - I Heart Recipes w/ Rosie Mayes

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Mashed Potatoes 

Mashed Potatoes are a must for Thanksgiving, but it is one of those dishes that can be difficult to make. Tasty has a lot of different versions of mashed potatoes on their website. Check out one of them making creamy mashed potatoes below.

How To Make The Creamiest Mashed Potatoes

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There are a lot of different ways to make gravy. Philly Boy Jay’s recipe above on how to make turkey has a version at the 12:50 mark. It involves using the turkey neck, liver, heart, and gizzards.

Todds’ Kitchen also has another, more straightforward way of making gravy that only requires using water, beef or chicken stock cubes, Worcestershire sauce, cornflour, and milk. Check out that version below.

How to make GRAVY

Gravy is very simple to make at home and it tastes better and work out cheaper. This recipe i will show you how to make a basic gravy and how to change it to work with white meat and red meat.

Green Beans

Sure, green beans are a simple dish that can be made in minutes. This version by Anita Cooks shows a great, easy way to spruce them up using garlic, butter, seasonings, and olive oil. Check it out below.

Garlic Green Beans Recipe

Hi Guys, today I'll show you How to Make Garlic Green Beans quickly. This is a perfect recipe to make at the end of your holiday cooking since it only takes 10 minutes! It's also great for a weeknight side. I hope you enjoy this easy green beans recipe and I'll see you next time.

Bonus dish: Pumpkin pie 

The five main dishes are great, but Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Check out this version by Food Wishes below.

Best Pumpkin Pie Ever - Classic Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie - Ultimate Thanksgiving Pies

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