A Classic, Kosher Thanksgiving Menu

Whether you keep kosher, or just need a totally dairy-free Thanksgiving meal, this classic menu has you covered. With everything from turkey and stuffing to cranberry sauce, veggie sides, and delicious seasonal desserts, this menu is proof positive you don't need loads of cream and butter to turn out a delicious harvest feast. 

Updated by Miri Rotkovitz

  • 01 of 08
    Roast Turkey
    Roast Turkey. Credt: Ian Garlick/Getty Images

    Susie Fishbein, author of the bestselling Kosher by Design cookbook series, says the rich, creamy (but totally dairy free!) gravy is "the key" to this Roast Turkey with Caramelized Onion-Balsamic Gravy. "For ease, it can be started the day before or when you put the turkey up to roast. You won't want to wait for the holidays to use this recipe."

  • 02 of 08
    Apple Fennel Challah Stuffing
    Apple Fennel Challah Stuffing. © Miri Rotkovitz

    This Apple and Fennel Challah Stuffing is ideal for vegetarians and those with allergies, as it's dairy-free, can be made with egg-free vegan challah, and is baked on its own -- a move that not only makes reheating easier, but that's also much safer than cooking it in the turkey. Want an alternative and don't need an egg-free recipe? If you're short on oven space, you can put your slow cooker to work with this Crock Pot Stuffing recipe.

  • 03 of 08
    Cranberry Pear Chutney. Credit: John Anthony Rizzo/Getty Images

    Cookbook author Ronnie Fein  created this Cranberry and Pear Chutney to serve alongside Panko-Crusted Turkey Cutlets, but the easy-to-make recipe also happens to be the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table. 

  • 04 of 08
    Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
    These Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes are dairy-free. © Miri Rotkovitz

    It's a classic kosher conundrum: "Mashed potatoes, muses Giora Shimoni, "go so well with Thanksgiving turkey and gravy, but most mashed potatoes recipes contain butter, milk or cream." So how can kosher keepers enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving menu -- especially without resorting to trans fat-laden margarine and faux creamer? Pretty easily, as it turns out.

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  • 05 of 08
    Green Beans with Pecans and Date Syrup
    Green Beans with Pecans and Date Syrup. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Plain steamed green beans are nice, but for Thanksgiving, they deserve to get a little dressed up. This quick and easy recipe for Green Beans with Pecans and Date Syrup is perfect for the holiday, and totally delectable.


  • 06 of 08
    Cornbread Muffins
    Dairy-free Cornbread Muffins. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Instead of butter and milk, these honey-kissed Cornbread Muffins are made with oil and soy milk. If you've got leftovers, they're nice for a post Turkey Day brunch. 

  • 07 of 08
    Sugar Pumpkin Pie with Olive Oil Crust. © Miri Rotkovitz

    This Sugar Pumpkin Pie with Olive Oil Crust is totally dairy-free -- and it doesn't rely on margarine or chemical-laden faux creamer. It's ideal for anyone seeking a healthier take on a Thanksgiving classic, and makes a great seasonal dessert throughout the fall and winter. Roast your own pie pumpkin, or, if you're short on time, use canned. 

  • 08 of 08
    Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp. © Miri Rotkovitz

    When you've got wonderful fall apples on hand, showcase them in this wholesome, dairy-free Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp. Because the crunchy crisp topping contains no butter, the flavors of the fruit, oats and nuts can really shine through. Plus, the recipe is easily doubled if you're serving a crowd.